I wonder who has more power? This is a silly question – yet so many Christians believe that the effect of Adam’s sin was more powerful than the effect of Jesus’ death on the cross.
The moment Adam sinned, death spread to all men. Death includes suffering, pain, disease, destruction – every kind of negativity and evil you can think of. Romans 5:12 also tells us when sin entered the world, death followed in its footsteps.
Jesus, on the other hand, brought life and restoration to all men. His death on the cross accomplished God’s plan to bring mankind back into the place he was before Adam fell into temptation. He uttered the words: “It is finished” with His last breath (John 19:30). Who are we to think that He did not really succeed? How can we believe that Adam’s actions had more power than the actions of the Son of God?
“But God’s free gift is not at all to be compared to the trespass [His grace is out of all proportion to the fall of man]. For if many died through one man’s falling away (his lapse, his offense), much more profusely did God’s grace and the free gift [that comes] through the undeserved favor of the one Man Jesus Christ abound and overflow to and for [the benefit of] many. Nor is the free gift at all to be compared to the effect of that one [man’s] sin. For the sentence [following the trespass] of one [man] brought condemnation, whereas the free gift [following] many transgressions brings justification (an act of righteousness). For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Well then, as one man’s trespass [one man’s false step and falling away led] to condemnation for all men, so one Man’s act of righteousness [leads] to acquittal and right standing with God and life for all men.” Rom 5:15 – 18
We can believe (with total confidence) that the effect of Adam’s sin has been removed for all who believe in the sacrifice of Jesus. We don’t have to live in a mentality of suffering due to the fall of man – we can live in a mentality of victory and abundance, reigning as kings in life.
What do you think about if I tell you NOT to think of a green donkey? No matter how hard you try, your mind will be filled with interesting images of a green donkey.
The same principle applies to sin-consciousness. Many churches (with the best of intentions) focus on eliminating the sin in the lives of Christians. The more these Christians are told NOT to do a specific thing, the more they will be inclined to focus on it and dwell on it daily. Before they know it, they will once again stumble into the trap that the Law sets. Paul preaches the same thing in Romans 7:
“But sin, finding opportunity in the commandment [to express itself], got a hold on me and aroused and stimulated all kinds of forbidden desires (lust, covetousness). For without the Law sin is dead [the sense of it is inactive and a lifeless thing].” Romans 7:8
Once again I want to direct you to the verse that will set you free: Hebrews 12:2. Throwing aside every hindrance (in this case, an obsession with sin and what you are doing wrong) while looking to Jesus is what will lead you to a life of victory. The end-result of this singular focus will be natural, spirit-filled living as Christ finishes the work that HE started in you. This was they way God intended it to be. That is why JESUS came to fulfill the law – and why the onus is not on you any more.
We cannot do it – but Jesus already did it!
Because we still live in an imperfect world, we may sometimes find ourselves in challenging or difficult circumstances. Whether it be sickness or losing a job – we have all encountered it somewhere. The world’s first reaction is to blame it all on God, but I want you remember the following two points whenever something unpleasant happens in your life:
- Anything negative/evil that happens in the world is the direct result of sin, not of God. Romans 5:12 tells us that sin entered the world, and through sin came death. Always remember the root of any unpleasant occurrence is sin, not God.
- It is impossible for God to change, but your situation can definitely change. God is the same: yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8). He has established His undeniably perfect character through His word, and nothing can change this. Your circumstances are subject to change – not God. He is not the cause of it.
We need to keep hearing the message of God’s goodness and His true character. For more information read all posts categorized under ‘God’s Character’ (right sidebar), which include some of the following:
The cross of Jesus is the center of Christianity. We must never underestimate it’s significance – it is crucial to every aspect of our faith. I don’t think we will ever be able to fully comprehend the magnitude of what was accomplished on the cross – but I love the parts that God has already revealed to me! Also read “God’s gift to us (Part 1, 2 and 3)”
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” John 16:33
Many people simply quote the part about tribulations and trials in the previous verse, without referring to the parts that precedes and follows it. Firstly, Jesus promised us IN Him we will have perfect peace and contentment. Secondly He tells us to be of good cheer, for he HAS overcome the world and deprived it of it’s power to harm us! Therefore it is a choice – stay in the world where you will have trails and tribulations and distress, or believe in the complete work of the cross.
Jesus deprived the world of it’s power and released it’s stronghold on the children of God (those who believe). The world in this sense refers to what we experience daily as a result of sin. Sin came into the world, and death (decay, suffering, problems, sicknesses etc.) as a result of sin. Jesus completely abolished sin, therefore also setting us free from it’s power:
“Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice],” Rom 8:3
We cannot look at anything without considering what was accomplished on the cross of Jesus. Everything was made new after that sacrifice. In Revelation we also read the following incredible confirmation from Jesus:
“He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Rev 21:5
Humans are imperfect. When someone wrongs us, we might forgive them, but very rarely will we completely forget about it. I’m so glad we serve a God who is the opposite of this! He does NOT keep record of His children’s wrongdoings, or mention it to make them feel guilty and condemn them. Anybody who preaches this is going against God’s word. Jesus paid a single sacrifice, and if we believe this we are forever perfected and made holy (blameless).
“For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy.” Heb 10:14
It is therefore a waste of time to continually tell God how bad you are, how many times you’ve sinned or how guilty you feel. The Word says He won’t even recall your sins – so why should you spend all your time and energy on it?
“The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.” Zeph 3:17
He rests in silent satisfaction when He looks at you – making no mention of past sins, or even recalling them! All that He sees is the fact that you believe in His Son, and the fact that you are now perfected through His work on the cross. Another verse comes to mind:
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Ps 103:12
I’m delighted about this! If this is God’s word – never let anyone convince you that you need to confess all your past sins in order to be purified. If you believe in Jesus, you have been set free and made holy!