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VICTORY OVER SIN

| Sermon Summary by PKD Lee |


Sermon Reference : Romans 8:4-5


Romans 7:18-19 seems to say that we can never have victory over sin in this life. Clubbed with the Reformation war cry of ‘sola fide’ or faith alone, it made even an attempt at living a sinless or sanctified life meaningless.


But, Paul begins his sequence of thought in Romans 6 :2 where he asks, “How can we who died to sin live any longer in it”. He concludes Romans 7 with vs 24-25, “ O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” He sees a deliverance in Jesus.


Both James and Paul, in their epistles, say that true faith will result in godly works, and so all Christians need to be involved in the sanctification process. This is not a journey of failure, but of victory, according to Paul and James. Romans 8:1-2 makes it clear that the first victory we have, which leads to salvation, is that we are free from the Law of sin and death. In other words, we have salvation.

Then in Rom 8:4-5 Paul says that the requirements of the Law are fulfilled in our body if we walk according to the Spirit. In contrast, if we walk according to the flesh, we do not have salvation. So, we turn away from the world and live for the kingdom of God as a part of the salvation experience.


This may seem difficult, but it is not when you let the power of the Holy Spirit take over your life. What prevents the Holy Spirit from taking control of our life is our trust in the world for our needs. We have the Spirit of God, but we do not let Him take control.


Two illustrations I use are as follows. Imagine you are riding a scooter with the Holy Spirit. Who rides pillion, you or the Holy Spirit? Another is when we learn swimming, we stay at the sides of the pool so that we can grab the safety rail. When we screw up our courage and push away to the centre of the pool, that experience is like handing over the scooter to the Holy Spirit and trusting Him.


Romans 8:11 is the great promise of scripture, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies [d]through His Spirit who dwells in you.


To summarize:-

1) We are delivered from the Law of sin and death

2) We are delivered from the power of sin on us

3) Our motivations come from the kingdom of God and not of the world.

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