In order to have victory over sin we need to have a Biblical viewpoint about sin and the position it places us.
John 8:34 ESV Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.
This is what sin is like and the position it places us in. When we practice sin we are a slave to it, meaning that it is our master instead of our Lord Jesus Christ being our Master.
The enemy lies to us and tricks us about sin. I know that in my own life I have seen certain sin as this big obstacle ahead of me that seemed immovable. Of course the enemy would have us believe this is true in order to defeat us. If we maintain the mindset that our sin is to big of an obstacle to move or get around then we stay a slave to it. We don’t dare pull out and try to get around our sin when we are unsure of what is coming head on against us around the curve. But if we knew that the way ahead of us is clear and free we would act differently about overcoming sin.
Christ did not come to forgive the sins and works of the devil but to destroy the sins and works of the devil.
1 John 3:8 ESV Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
Does the New Testament state we do not have to be bound by sin? YES! The reason the new covenant is superior to the old is that the old covenant merely forgives sin while the new covenant forgives and removes sin.
Look at the key points of Romans 6:11-14:
Romans 6:11-14 ESV So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (12) Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. (13) Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. (14) For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
1. We need to have the mindset and reality that we are dead to sin. (6:11)
2. We need to have the mindset and reality that we have spiritual life in God. (6:11)
3. We need to know that we are commanded not to allow sin to have dominion or rule and reign in us. (6:12)
4. We need to know that we are commanded not to allow sin to make us obey its passions. (6:12)
5. We need to know that we are not to make any part of our body available to be used by sin. (6:13)
6. We need to know that we are to make every part of our body available to God for righteousness. (6:13)
7. We need to maintain the mindset that sin will not rule over us because we are not under the law but under grace. (6:14)
Therefore, bottom line is:
The New Testament teaches that sin shall not be our master! Amen!
Rom.6:14 says: “sin shall not be your master.” It does not say it doesn’t matter whether or not you sin.
it states “sin shall not be your master”;
“sin shall not have dominion over you”;
“sin shall not exercise control over you.”
This was not the case under the Law of Moses. The Law of Moses made no provision for victory over sin. The Law told people what sin was but did not give them the power to over come it.
The grace of the new covenant has given us the blood of the atonement to forgive our sins, and then the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome our sins. This is why the new covenant is a superior covenant. The blood of bulls and goats could never remove our sinful tendencies. But the power of the Spirit of God working on the basis of the blood of the cross has more than enough power to give us victory over every sinful act that binds us. Hallelujah!
Romans 8:12-13 ESV So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. (13) For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
We are not obligated to our flesh at all.
We don't owe our flesh any debt that we need to sin to satisfy it. We owe no obligation to our flesh to live according to the sinful nature! Amen! This is the New Testament life of grace.
Why are we not obligated to the sinful nature to live according to it? Because we by faith have placed our sinful nature on the cross with the Lord Jesus Christ. Our body is dead because of sin. Therefore we owe it nothing that we should obey its passions.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.