From Sin’s Power - Part II of VIII
Sin is the very nature of the
Evil One himself – Satan, Lucifer, the Devil, the Serpent. You will note that
Sin, as described in Romans chapters 6-8, is referred to as if it were a
personality having a will of its own and acting upon man; it is the very nature
of Satan. Romans
7:8s (KVJ) But sin, taking
occasion by the commandment, wrought
in me all manner of concupiscence. Romans
7:11 For sin, taking occasion by
the commandment, deceived me, and by
it slew me. Romans 7:20 (NAS) But if I am doing the very thing I do not wish, I
am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
We see in Genesis that Adam, and
thereby all humanity as his progeny, became entwined with Sin in the person of
the Serpent, later called the “Old
Serpent (Rev 20:2)”. Through the fall of Adam, Sin became mankind’s
fallen nature. Sin as a nature in men entered the world of mankind by the
disobedience of Adam (Rom 5:12) as he listened to and believed (received) the
lying words of the Serpent himself. The Serpent told Eve and Adam that they
could become “as gods, knowing good and
evil” if they would take and eat of “the
tree of the knowledge and good and evil (Gen 3:5)”. They chose to take of
that tree, believing it could give them knowledge that could make them to be as gods; they thereby became separate from dependence upon God. The
sinful act of Adam was to eat of the Tree
of Knowledge, believing this would
make them to become “as gods”. It
was an act of independence from God. All mankind enters the world as gods of
their own lives, independent of relationship with God. Everyone is born with the
infection of Sin. Psalm 51:5...I was
shapen in iniquity;
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Without realizing it, Adam had
taken into his physical flesh body the fallen Sin nature of the Serpent. With
our being conceived, the infection of Sin is present with every one of us as our
very nature. In fact, it is and was man’s first nature of operation whereby he
conducts his living daily – more n this later. Here we see the power Sin has
It is on the cross that Jesus
Christ shed His blood and died to bear the penalty of death on our behalf.
Christ’s death has two aspects of truth related to it.
First, it is by His substitutionary
death for us that we have been
delivered from the penalty for the acts of Sin which we call sins – from
judgment. This is the objective
truth of the cross of Christ, universally applied to all who would
receive its benefit, by simply believing on the Lord Jesus.
10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with
thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised
him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man
believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto
There is a second aspect of Christ’s
dying on the cross; it is the basis of a life-exchange
for those who believe its truth. This is the subjective,
personal, truth of the cross for believers who go on to grow in the grace
and experiential knowledge of our Lord. We as Christians need revelation of this
truth in order to see and believe it, to make it effective in our lives. It is
by His death as
us that we are freed from Sin’s usurping and ruling power over us. In
Romans 6:10, “For in that He died, He
died unto sin once.” It doesn’t say “for
sin” there - it says, “UNTO
sin”. In other words, when they nailed Jesus to the cross He gave Himself
willingly as a sacrifice, to take away the
sin of the world (John 1:29).
The flesh had no more hold on Him; it was made of no effect through His death.
He had died already unto Sin, and He rose again to a new life. Now in God’s
sight, God sees me, as a believer, as one who has also died there “in
Christ”. I’ve also died “unto sin”.
Now I am of no use to sin – Sin’s hold has been broken. I’m to consider
(reckon) myself as one who has died and was buried with Christ, and risen with
Christ, unto His new life, which now is our life. The death part is done – now
I need to get on with living by His new life in me as my life. We, as an old
self, are now cut off from Sin, the world, and the flesh.