I’m currently reading The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee. Something that the Lord revealed to me a few years ago is coming into clearer focus through this book.
I am not a sinner because I sin. I sin because I am a sinner.
Please let that sink in.
Most of my christian life was focused on the atoning Blood of Jesus Christ for my sins. The precious Blood of my Savior that washes away my sins. I am forever beyond grateful for the sacrificial blood of my Jesus for working the forgiveness of my sins. I would be utterly lost without the Blood. This is my justification.
Yet, this is only part of what Christ accomplished on the cross. There’s more.
You see, even if I was somehow able to go through my life and never sin, I would still be a sinner. It’s my very nature. I am born of flesh, in Adam, and therefore a sinner by birth. I don’t have to do anything to become a sinner. I am born one. Sin is in me, whether I ever act on it or not.
So Christ’s Blood works for the forgiveness of my sins, but God went even further and through the cross dealt with me, the sinner. How? Jesus took me to the cross inside of Himself, and I was crucified there with Him.
The only way God deals with the sinner is death. God doesn’t reform the sinner. He destroys the sinner.
IN HIS MERCY, He has crucified me with Christ. Now, I can be born again, this time of Spirit, into Christ. And this is how believers are delivered from sin. We are dead to it. God doesn’t make us stronger so we can overcome sin. He removes us from the scene altogether. Through Christ, God didn’t just subdue sin, He destroyed it. He dealt with it utterly. This is my sanctification.
So, do you have a sin that you struggle with? Maybe many? I have a suggestion. Instead of asking God to make you stronger so you can overcome the sin, ask Him to open your eyes to the fact that you were crucified with Christ. If you know that you have been crucified with Christ, you can thank Him for crucifying you with Christ and setting you free from sin. Stop trying to stop sinning, and instead, rest in the One who has defeated sin completely.
The next time you are tempted to sin, acknowledge that the desire to sin is the old you and that the old you has been crucified. The old you is dead. Then, turn to Jesus Christ who dwells within you and let Him overcome the temptation for you. I promise, He’s very good at it.
Do you realize that when you try in your own strength to overcome sin, you are essentially saying that what Jesus Christ did on the cross wasn’t enough. You are saying that He needs your help somehow. That there is something you need to bring to the table.
There is NOTHING we can do that will add an ounce to what Christ has done. IT IS FINISHED. Completely. Utterly. You and I are finished. And I don’t know about you, but I am so very grateful to be rid of myself.
*For scriptural back up check out Romans.