Imprisoned By Sin

But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

Now before faith came we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. Galatians 3:22-23

We were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith in Christ was revealed.

Faith leads us out of captivity. Jesus came to set the captives free.

But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. Romans 7:6

Our sin nature was crucified with Christ, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

The one who does them, shall live by them. If we sin, we live enslaved to sin.

Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? Romans 6:16

There are only two ways in life. I think the biggest lie the enemy whispers is that we can go our own way. The lie goes something like this: You can do your own thing today, and tomorrow you can change.

But there are only two ways: Gods way and Satans way.

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Proverbs 14:12

“Our way” may even seem right to us, but its end is the way to death.

Jesus is the only way to life.

I AM THE WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE. No-one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

The way to life is narrow and its way is hard and few will find it.

The way to death is a wide path, many will feel they are on the path to life and will find its end leads to death.

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2

When Jesus comes and sets us free, we must follow him out of captivity. Faith is a journey. And just because the door to the prison cell swings open, doesn’t mean that we are walking in freedom. We must take up our mat and walk. We must follow and leave behind sin and death.

Now the works of the flesh (being led by the flesh) are evident:

sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.

I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21

But the fruit of the Spirit (being led by the Spirit) is:

love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; AGAINST SUCH THINGS THERE IS NO LAW.

And those who BELONG to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:22-24

The warnings against continuing in sin are hard. I believe we have turned our faces away from this truth. But the weight of this truth is necessary. We must know the truth. Because the truth will set us free.

For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, [27] but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. [28] Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. [29] How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? [30] For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” [31] It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:26–31

The Word of Christ opens the prison doors. But as captives, we must make the choice to follow in faith. To leave the captivity of the law and sin behind. We must take this journey with Jesus on the narrow road.

 

 

 

 

 

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