Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”John 8:34-36 NASB
Chapter 8 of the Gospel of John begins with the story of the woman caught in adultery.
She was caught in the act. The Pharisees brought her to Jesus to test Him. The Law of Moses says she should be stoned to death.
What does Jesus say?
Whoever is without sin should cast the first stone.
Who is sinless?
And what does He do?
He doesn’t condemn her. He shows grace, mercy and forgiveness as He does so perfectly.
And He says, “Go and sin no more.”
When we come to Jesus, we know that we are sinners. We know that all humanity is under the curse of sin and death.
However, when we recognize the authority of Jesus as Lord, something happens.
A new life begins. We become a new creation in Christ.
Jesus frees us not only from the penalty of sin, but He also frees us from slavery to sin.
God gives us the power to resist temptation. It’s not a sin to be tempted. It’s a sin to give in to temptation. And God will not allow us to be tempted beyond our ability to bear. That’s one of His promises.
So the simple fact of the matter is that born again Christians are free from sin. Will we sin? Most assuredly. But we don’t have to.
Knowing that, it’s important to recognize when we sin and confess our sins so that we will be forgiven and restored to right relationship with God.
The Christian life is simple, but it’s not easy. It takes the power of God living in us to empower us to live holy lives of obedience to Christ.
Father God, thank You for sending Jesus to bear the penalty for my sin. I know that I am forgiven. Help me to extend that same grace and forgiveness to everyone in my life. Help me to bear the image of Christ in this world. Thank You, Lord. Amen