Adding more rules and human effort (law) to our lives actually makes sin worse:
Romans 5 “20 The law came in that the trespass might abound;”
Romans 7 “9 I was alive apart from the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 The commandment which was for life, this I found to be for death; 11 for sin, finding occasion through the commandment, deceived me, and through it killed me.”
When Paul tried to obey the Ten commandments, he actually sinned even more!
Romans 7 “7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? May it never be! However, I wouldn’t have known sin, except through the law. For I wouldn’t have known coveting, unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, finding occasion through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of coveting.”
It was the religious law-keeping Pharisees who crucified Jesus but the tax-collectors and prostitutes came running to Christ.
This shows that those who trust in moral laws are the ones who sin more!
The law cannot save or sanctify anyone, but it increases sin – leading us to Christ where we are no longer under law
1 Corinthians 15 “56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Galatians 3 “24 So that the law has become our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26 For you are all children of God, through faith in Christ Jesus.”
Without the law, sin is actually dead.
Romans 7 “For apart from the law, sin is dead.”
When we trust in Jesus Christ, we died to the law (human effort):
Romans 7 “4 Therefore, my brothers, you also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you would be joined to another, to him who was raised from the dead, that we might produce fruit to God. “
We were made ALIVE in Christ, forgiven all sins, no more under moral rules:
Colossians 2 “He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 wiping out the handwriting in ordinances which was against us. He has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross.”
We died to the law (10 + 603 commandments) so that it is Christ who lives in us through faith – we live by His love manifesting in us – through grace – we are righteous by grace and not works!
Galatians 2 “19 For I, through the law, died to the law, that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me. 21 I don’t reject the grace of God. For if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died for nothing!””
How can sin reduce in our lives?
- Not by the Law of Moses (10 commandments and the 603 ceremonial laws = 613 laws of Moses)
- The 10 commandments is the ministry of death and condemnation (2nd Corinthians 3:6-11)
- PS: no Christians are really obeying the 603 ceremonial laws today (offering animal sacrifices, avoiding shrimp, pork, etc.)
- PS: nobody is really obeying the sabbath otherwise we wouldn’t check emails or mow the lawn or shop for groceries between Friday-evening to Saturday evening.
- Not by obeying the sermon on the mount / Christ’s impossible demands (those were the true requirement of the Law )
- It made the rich young ruler sad and unable to be saved (Matthew 19:16-30).
- PS: nobody is really obeying Christ anyway – we don’t sell all our stuff to the poor and we are not cutting off eye/hand that sins, and we are not trying to be “perfect” in behavior as the Father. We don’t truly mean the Lord’s prayer by trying to attain God’s forgiveness by forgiving others.
Sin is reduced ONLY by hearing the GOSPEL about Christ’s forgiveness of sins!
When we know the GRACE and love of Christ, we will love others and sin will lose its power.
Romans 6 “14 For sin will not have dominion over you. For you are not under law, but under grace.”
His unconditional love for us is the only solution!
Luke 7 “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.””
The more we know how much Jesus loves us, He will set us free!
When we look to Jesus ALONE – seeing that He made us righteous and perfect (2 Corinthians 3:9, 5:21) without our works but by GRACE ALONE through faith, then we are set free.
2nd Corinthians 3 “15 But to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face seeing the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit.”