The question of sin

Casalis's picture

Would someone please answer this question... Jesus came to free us from sin but sin still remains a struggle in the lives of His church. How exactly did He free us from sin as He said in John 10? Surely God can give abundant grace to His children so that they sin no more but its as if though He holds back that grace and allows the struggle though He hates sin.. Could someone find a consensus here?

sgcorcoran's picture


I'm sure this is oversimplified but perhaps is helpful...

What I see in Scripture is that our "old man" is indeed been crucified and we are a new creation. We have a new spirit - the Holy Spirit and as such we now delight in the law of righteousness and not sin. We no longer are slaves to sin but slaves to righteousness. However, we are still confined to our flesh and in our flesh dwelleth no good thing. The more and more we continue to crucify the flesh and give up that part of ourselves to Christ the less and less we shall sin. The war in ourselves is between our old flesh and our new spirit. Our old spirit delighted in sin and we could not do anything but sin. When Paul states below that "to will is present with me", I believe he is referring to his new nature that wills righteousness. So yes we are free from the penalty of sin and yes our inward nature (spirit) is also free from sin but our flesh does not want to let go of sin and must be continually crucified.

Romans 7
18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

19For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

20Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

21I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

22For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

23But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.