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Don Stewart :: Does a Person Have to Keep on Sinning?

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Don Stewart
Sometimes when believers continue to commit sin they assume that they cannot help themselves. They see themselves as slaves to sin. Yet the Bible teaches that we do not have to keep on sinning.

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer therein (Romans 6:1,2).

No Longer Slaves

The Bible teaches that before we trusted Christ we were slaves to sin. We had no choice but to obey our sinful desires. Once we have been born again we have a new nature that is able to keep from sinning.


Let us illustrate. Suppose a person used to work at a warehouse and let us suppose they visit this place where they have not worked for thirty years. As they walk in the door they see their old boss. Upon seeing this person the old boss shouts, I'm glad you're finally here, get to work. The boss gives the former employee all these orders to fill and then tells them to sweep up the place when they have finished pulling the orders. The person then immediately takes of their good clothes and puts on some older clothes and begins to do all that the old boss commanded.

What would you say if someone did something like that? You would say, The person is a fool. Why are they still obeying the old boss? They are not under his authority any longer!

Yes it would be foolish for a person to still obey a boss that has not had authority over them for some thirty years. Yet believers are just as foolish when they allow themselves to sin. Our old nature does not have authority over us any longer. When we succumb to it we are obeying a boss who does not control us.


Once we have trusted Christ as Savior we no longer need to serve sin. When we sin we are the only ones to blame-it is our fault and no one else. The good news is that Christ has overcome so that we to can be overcomers by faith. The Bible says:

For whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith (1 John 5:4).

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