Let not Sin Reign in Us

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

Romans 6:12-13

Many modern preachers shirk address the issue of sin in their sermons. Like most people live itching to hear messages that sweeten your ears, these preachers prefer to speak of prosperity, happiness and love and forgiveness of God who accepts them as they are; but they do not guide them towards a real transformation of their lives. However, since Jesus himself, through the apostles to reach the great preachers committed to truth, God’s message remains the same: repent of our sins so that they no longer reign in us.

I will give some examples of what has been preached about sin and according to the Bible. Two English seventeenth-century preachers identified sin as a sign of the devil give dominion over our lives. Thomas Watson (1620-1686) said, “Sin stamp the image of the devil on a man.” Meanwhile, Stephen Charnock (1628-1680) said the following. “Every sin is to choose the devil to be our lord.” More than 300 years after the death of both preachers, the tendency of modern society is to choose the devil as a lord, instead of choosing God.

If you have been rescued from the clutches of sin, it is impossible to continue looking back. In this sense, the Scottish theologian Sinclair Ferguson (1948- ) said: “It is a contradiction to his ontological identity which a Christian persevere and continue in sin.” It says a saying that you cannot be at the same time with God and with the devil; but that is literally what they claim to do all that calls them Christians, but continue their sinful life they had before knowing Christ.

Another Scottish theologian John Murray (1898-1975) said: “One thing is sin living in us; quite another is that we live in sin.” And the English preacher William Gurnall (1617-1679) said: “Do not pray only against the power of sin, but by the power of holiness. Looks fiery zeal against sin but remains cool relative to holiness is false.” As Christians, we cannot live in sin but in holiness, because as Hebrews 12:14 says: Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

The Christian life is unimaginable without the definitive renunciation of sin. The American Christian writer Jerry Bridges (1929- ) said: “We are responsible before God to obey His Word and put to death the sins of our life, whether called acceptable or obviously condemnable.” We cannot go through life calling us Christians while backstage we live a life of sin.

Finally, I will quote what he said the Mexican pastor of Dutch origin Gerald Nyenhuis (1928- ): “Only when we have a deep sense of the holy will of God, we understand that sin is truly sinful for us.” What he says Nyenhuis seems redundant; but the presence of sin in the Christian life is totally harmful because it spoils our testimony. And there are many pending what we do to use as excuses and not become Christ eyes. God bless you.

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