1. JUSTIFICATION: I am saved
2. SANCTIFICATION: I am being saved
3. GLORIFICATION: I will be saved
1. JUSTIFICATION: I am saved from the penalty of sin
2. SANCTIFICATION: I am being saved from the power of sin
3. GLORIFICATION: I will be saved from the presence of sin
Romans 7:23-24 ESV but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. (24) Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Sin is a thing or a spirit that can exist at a place at a certain time. Paul spoke of a law of sin at work in the members of his body. Paul exclaimed that in his mind he was a slave to God but in his flesh he was still a slave to the law of sin. The chemical makeup of the physical body is morally neutral, meaning that my arm or foot knows no morals and can be neither good or bad. Therefore, the nature of sin and the act of sin must be regarded as something foreign in a Christian that can be removed.
Sin is a nature and condition of transgressing against the commands and character of God. James says that sin starts with the lust of the heart. Now when we say heart we do not mean the beating muscle that lies in the middle of your chest wall. It is the soulish man, made up of the thoughts, the emotions and the will of man.
James 1:13-15 ESV Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. (14) But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. (15) Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
The Lamb of God has come in order to take away the sin of the world. He does this by forgiving the guilt, then by giving the believer the ability to subdue it, and finally by removing its very penalty, power and presence.
I know that it is difficult even to imagine walking without the presence of sin. It would be a thought that could never happen until God the Father establishes His kingdom with the new earth and new heaven. God is going to make an end of unrighteousness. The Word says that everything that offends God will be cast into the lake of fire.
Daniel 9:24 ESV "Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.
WOW! “To put an end to sin.” Hallelujah!
God is beginning with the victorious saints the work of putting an end to sin. One day all of creation shall be freed from sin and shall be in total subjection to the Lord Jesus Christ. At present Jesus is waiting until every enemy has been made His footstool.
There appears to be confusion in Christian thinking concerning the conviction and guilt of sin versus the urge or desire to sin. When the Bible speaks of Christ taking away our sin we usually think of our Lord Jesus Christ just forgiving our sin. True that He forgives those things which deals with the conviction and guilt of sin and gives us a clean conscience. When we confess He is faithful to cleanse.
1 John 1:9 ESV If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
However, when our Lord gives us victory over sin it is more than forgiveness. He has given us the power to change which means taking away the urge or desire to sin, being a slave to sin, and being in bondage of sin.