SIN IS A SYMPTOM II
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world even our faith.” – I John 5:4
It is emphatic that new birth convers authority to overcome the world on believers. Many believer interpret the above scriptures to mean overcoming witches, wizards, occult forces etc, alone but it also means overcoming the prince of this world and his works in the world. The scriptures make clear that satan is the prince of this world. – John14:30. The works of satan in the world is sin; he is the man of sin. II Thes. 2:3
The scriptures make it clear that the whole world lies in wickedness. I John 5:19. Since the fall of man, the world became the habitation of cruelty. Psalm 74:20. Redemption gives us opportunity to choose what is in the world and what is in the Word. The Bible says:
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” – I John 2:16
If we claim to be ‘born again’ and are still living within all that is in this world; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life; we need to review that claim. All that is in the world is not of the Father but of the world. Salvation is a genuine spiritual experience with “fruits” and proofs not a mere identification with a body or group of people. Salvation should naturally make any believer uncomfortable with sin, environment of sin and anything associated with sin. This may sound boring, judgmental or unacceptable to some people but that is the reason why Jesus came to this world; “…to save his people from their sins”. Matthew 1:21. The devil has done a very bad job of making sin and message about sin unacceptable even among the “saints”. If the message against sin is boring, harsh or simply too hard to you, check it something is wrong; if you can easily explain sin as normal; something is really wrong! Salvation should supernaturally put a believer in a new order!
If salvation does not put us over sin; we may have assumed that we are saved when we are not. Temptation comes to all but salvation empowers believers to overcome all temptations. Remember, as believers, we are powerful in God but useless without God.
Scriptures for meditation: I John 3:8; II Corinthians 13:5
Jesus is Lord!