Sin doesn’t live here any longer!

By Don Craven
Posted 8/25/18

In grammar, one of the four types of sentences is the exclamatory sentence. It is a statement, which “expresses strong and sudden emotion” Essential English Grammar, Phillip Gucker, pg. 6. Its description best fits our title.

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Sin doesn’t live here any longer!

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In grammar, one of the four types of sentences is the exclamatory sentence. It is a statement, which “expresses strong and sudden emotion” Essential English Grammar, Phillip Gucker, pg. 6. Its description best fits our title.

Man is made up of physical material, the body that can be seen and touched. But he is also made up of immaterial aspects, which are intangible—this includes the soul, spirit, intellect, will, emotions, conscience, and so forth. These immaterial characteristics exist beyond the physical lifespan of the human body and are therefore eternal.

In order for man to be guided, in the way of the Lord, his spirit 1 Cor. 2:11 must be educated though the gospel/objective truth which is God’s power to save Romans 1:17, 6:17 and we are also “kept by the power of God through faith”1 Peter 1:5.

The apostle Paul and Silas came to Thessalonica in Acts 17:1, “where was a synagogue of the Jews.” In time from 1 Thess. 1:5-6, the Thessalonians had become followers of the Lord, by receiving and obeying the message of the gospel which had been preached to them, under the great commission Matt. 28:19-20. In 1 Thessalonians 4:1, simply stated, they had been taught “how ye ought to walk to please God...” In order to walk properly before God, there are things to do 2 John 6, “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it,” as well as “Abstain from all appear of evil” 1 Thess. 5:22. “We should not restrict this command to the field of morals. The worst forms of wickedness consist of perversions of the truth, of spiritual lies, although today many look upon these forms with indifference and regard them rather harmless. The fact that moral perversions are included is self-evident; these also work to destroy the spiritual life and appear in many forms,” so states RCH Lenski, Truth Comm. 1-2 Thess. by Walton Weaver, pgs. 378-379. Evil in all its forms is a derivative or an offshoot of sin.

One of the meanings of sin in scripture, comes from the Greek word Hamartono, a verb which in its simplest form means “to miss the mark”, it is used in the New Testament (a) of sinning against God, by angels 2 Pet. 2:4 and by man Matt. 27:4, here, reference is made to Judas who betrayed the Lord. There are other words that are used as synonyms for sin, I’ll note only three, first is “transgression” which means, “to go over, i.e., overstepping the limits, and example being separating chastity (the state or practice of refraining from extramarital, or especially from all, sexual intercourse) from licentiousness (Licentious-promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters). Chastity, being that which would set apart or sanctify one from sin. Secondly, is the term “ungodliness” this term shows a disregard for or defiance for God’s law. Thirdly, is the term “iniquity,” which means lawless or wicked, or unrighteousness or lawlessness, which is the rejection of Divine law, or wrong committed against it. The meanings of these terms were taken from W.E. Vine “An Expository Dictionary of N.T. Words, pages, 149, 170, 174, and 260. I think noteworthy here to include two passages where some of the words shown above are used, first is from Isaiah 59:1-2, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear, But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.” Secondly, from 1 John 3:4 “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness” NKJV, the KJV for the word lawlessness uses the words transgresseth and transgression.

Individuals that have the mental ability to reason, in knowing right from wrong, have “come short of the glory of God,” because of sin Romans 3:23 In 1 John 2:16, the apostle John tells us that sin comes through three avenues, the lust of flesh, and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. These same three avenues were used by the serpent to tempt mother Eve in the garden. James the Lord’s brother, tells us in James 1:14-15, “But every is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin when it is finished, bringeth forth death,” which is spiritual death Romans 6:23, separation from God.

The apostle Paul, with clarity describes his earlier state before God, by saying, “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bring me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:23-24. Deliver is from the Gr. word, Rhuomai which means to rescue, save or preserve from someone or something Vines, Exp. Dictionary of N.T. Words, pg. 289. In Romans 7:25, Paul’s deliverer was Jesus Christ.

Since Paul has identified, “who” is the deliverer of all men, as being Jesus Christ, note carefully the wording of Col. 1:13-14, where Paul describes what’s involved in the deliverance process, “Who hath delivered us from the power of Darkness and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son, in whom we have redemption through his blood even the forgiveness of sins. Furthermore, please note carefully Col. 2:11-13, which shows “When,” this deliverance takes place.” In whom also ye were circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all your trespasses.”

Baptism in water is an act of faith, as the other conditions, such as repentance and confession. These acts of an obedient faith are steps leading unto salvation, but the act of baptism in water, is the act of faith, where contact is made with the saving blood of Christ, Romans 6:3-4. The Ethiopian eunuch of Acts 8:37-39, after his baptism went on his way rejoicing. He wasn’t told by Philip, “Yet lackest thou one thing” Luke 18:22. In the 8 cases of conversion found in the book of Acts, without exception, baptism always stands between the sinner and salvation; there was a sense of urgency connected with it. The Philippian jailer, of Acts 16:33 was taken the same hour of the night and was baptize. Baptism wasn’t a calendar item as it is in most denominational churches today, where baptisms are scheduled weeks in advance. In all kindness, Jesus addressed this in Matt. 15:7-9.

When one becomes a Christian, cleansed by the blood of Christ, members of the one body Eph. 4:4, the Lord’s church Matt, 16:18, Eph. 1:22-23, their body becomes the temple of God 1 Cor. 6:19-20, where Deity now dwells Romans 8:9-11; Eph. 3:17, expecting to occupy every room. Paul warns by saying, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that we should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are under grace? God forbid.” Romans 6:12-15, but “We must cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God,” 2 Cor. 7:1, walking in the light, the light being the (Gospel) is essential to our fellowship with God 1 John 1:7 But at best, we sin 1 John 1:8, though we strive to avoid it, James 1:12, but if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness 1 John 1:9.

God said,”...I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones...” Isa. 57:15.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting Psalms 139:23-24.

“Sin, Doesn’t Live Here Any Longer!”

Don Craven is a member of the McArthur Heights Church of Christ, near Parrish, and can be reached at doncraven@juno.com.