When pure grace is preached, it should always provoke the Romans 6:1 question: “What shall we say then, shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?” The answer to this is simple: Only if you are a lunatic! Although God’s grace through the work of Jesus on the cross covers all of our sins (past, present and future), once we understand His grace, we would have to be mental to still desire sin and continue in willful disobedience.
The absolute last thing a believer wants to do is give into sin. Sin is horrible, it is destructive and leads to death. But the key to stopping sin in our lives is coming to an awareness of these things:
- We are forever forgiven. (Heb 10:14)
- We have been released from the power and control of sin. (Romans 6:14) Sin is no longer our master. It has lost it’s power.
- Living FREE from sin happens when we embrace and own our new and perfect nature. Ephesians 4:24 tells us to “PUT ON the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” Who puts it on? YOU DO! How do we do this? Col 3:2-10 says it happens by setting our mind on things above. Go back to the highest place of thinking and remind yourself who you really are (righteous and holy). This is renewing your mind.
- We must remember that Jesus is our advocate when we do sin. Jesus is sitting at the Fathers right hand reminding Him of the blood. (1 John 2:1)
I don’t have a problem with confession. But I do have a problem with what some Christians are confessing. It saddens me when the things people confess about themselves is in disagreement with what God says about them. For instance when people confess that they are poor pitiful sinners only saved by grace. That’s simply not true. The Bible says that when we come into Christ, we are instantly made new creations and that our old sinful man has passed away. (2 Cor 5:17)
When it comes to confession, I am also bothered by “why” some Christians are confessing. Many believers confess to try to get God to do something He has already done: forgive them for their sins. Confession in order to receive forgiveness isn’t going to do anything in terms of our standing before God. Forgiveness of sins is a one time deal and it happens for us forever when we accept Christ Jesus as our Savior.
When it comes to walking free of sin, confession is an important component and is something that we should do daily. Confession is simply agreeing with God. The Greek word most commonly used for confession throughout the Bible is, homologeō.
– To say the same thing as another, to agree with someone else
We all should agree with God every day that we are new creations, we are not made for sin, His son has redeemed us from all curses, and He loves us regardless of our performance or behavior.
In the book of Romans, Paul goes to great lengths to convince the church that they are dead to sin and alive to righteousness. In Romans twelve he urges them to be transformed by the renewing of their minds. I believe that daily confession, or agreement, with God about who we are and what He has already accomplished is the key to renewing our minds and ultimately to seeing fruit produced in our lives. It is the key for us to walk out of sin, and walk in righteousness.