This message was preached by Dwight Tomlinson of barnabas1040.com. This ministry focuses on helping national Pastors working in the 1040 window as they establish churches in their home countries. This message was preached at First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana in March of 2016. I hope it will challenge your heart for missions.
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” (Colossians 1:13)
One of the greatest truths in salvation is that God didn’t just forgive our sin but He actually freed us from the power of sin. Jesus said in John 8:34 that whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. Picture sin as a giant rock that we are chained to.
We can’t get away from it, we are connected to it and powerless against it’s influence. Jesus didn’t just declare us sinless before God but He actually broke the chain that bound us to our sins. The strength of sin was in the law (1 Corinthians 15:56) and Jesus fulfilled the righteous demands of the law for us (Romans 8:3-4).
We were given the nature of our father Adam from birth. When we are born again we take on the nature of the second Adam. Just as we inherited Adams guilt and sinful nature, in salvation we inherit Christ’s sinlessness and righteous nature. This means the power no longer belongs to the old man but to the new man.
If sin has power in our lives it’s because we have given the power to the old nature. Scripture commands us not to do this.
“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:11-16)
Each day we need to remind ourselves of the Gospel. Remind ourselves that we are no longer chained to sin. We are no longer under it’s control. We need a daily surrendering of ourselves to the new man who is renewed in righteousness.