Sin is the same from Adam and Eve to now and sin is the same for a sinner or a saint. Sin is sin. Our sin was paid for by Jesus and washed in His Blood once we ask forgiveness and repent. The difference is the saint who knows the only way to overcome sin is through the Cross of Jesus. There are many saints who try to get their sin delivered. While all sin is demonic there is only one way to overcome the demonic…faith in Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. There is a difference in expressing faith in a prayer and operating out of faith based on Jesus’ victory 2000+ years ago.
God ordained the sacrificial system. The Old Testament sacrifices were cut open as God looked to the inside of the sacrifice. The repentant sinner placed their hands on the head of the sacrifice and confessed all of their sins. However, the blood of bulls and goats could not cleanse us from sin. “Wherefore when He comes into the world, He said, Sacrifice and Offering You would not, but a Body have You prepared Me. In Burnt Offerings and Sacrifices for sin You have had no pleasure.” Hebrews 10:5-6. God became man and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the wages of sin; the wages that God had placed against sinners. Through Jesus, God offered the Perfect Sacrifice on the Cross. It remains through Jesus that our deliverance is found from our sin nature. Our faith in His victory over sin, hell and the grave is our deliverance. It is the Gospel of Jesus that breaks strongholds and oppression; not a method, program or formula.
“Then said He, Lo, I come to do Your Will, O God. He takes away the First that He may establish the Second.” Hebrews 10:9. We can’t go back to an obsolete system and make it work. Our works, no matter how “holy” does not bring us closer to God or give us victory over sin. We have often heard the term “Christianity is not a religion but a relationship”. Christianity is a life giving relationship. Many don’t want to talk about the Cross of Jesus because it requires the crucifying of flesh. What they don’t realize however, is the life given through the relationship with Jesus causes one to never miss the flesh crucified. We don’t follow a set of rules but are quickened by the Holy Spirit to do the will of God. Just as the Old Testament and the New Testament point to Jesus Christ and Him Crucified, so too will the Holy Spirit point us to Jesus and His finished work for our victory. We discern our quickening by whether or not it agrees with the Word of God. This discernment is why it is so important to know the Word of God for YOURSELF and not take man’s word only.
“Examine yourselves, whether you be in the Faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except you be reprobates? But I trust that you shall know that we are not reprobates. Now I pray to God that you do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that you should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. For we can do nothing against the Truth, but for the Truth” 2 Corinthians 13:5-8. The doctrines of demons will deceive the very elect and their pride can hinder spiritual growth. Pointing out error in doctrine of man is not judging their doctrine but caring for their soul. It is “A little leaven that leavens the whole lump” Galatians 5:6. The grace that is given through the circumcision of the heart is only revealed when the circumcision is allowed; when our faith ascends from our mind to our heart. – Donna Warren