Sin means to miss the mark. Remembering the victory of the cross, helps us to not deviate or compromise in the slightest way from doing what we know is right in God’s eyes.
Romans 6:19 says, “I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 reminds us that we are not bound to the sins of our past, nor of sins done against us. It says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
When we dwell in the past in our mind, we have forgotten the victory Jesus won for us on the cross. 2 Peter 1:9 was referring to verses 5-8, and the list of graces that we are to add to our faith.
It says, “For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.” The contrast between lack and fruit is in verse 8.
It says, “For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” We gain knowledge by sitting at His feet. We cannot bear any fruit of ourselves. John 15:1-8 was written about abiding in the Vine.
1 Peter 1:14-15 says, “As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts…but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.” The only way that we can conduct ourselves in righteous choices is to walk in the Spirit.
All actions are first thoughts. Our battlefield is our mind. The truth? 1 Corinthians 2:16 says that we have the mind of Christ. Philippians 2:5 says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” Verse 8 says, “…He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
Our flesh hates to die. It wants to be on the top, always pushing down our spirit man. Think of two billy goats vying for the top of the mound. They are constantly butting one another.
Romans 6:16 says, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slave to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”
Hebrews 5:8 says, “Though He were a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things that He suffered.” He suffered death on the cross for us. He gained victory over death for us. He rose from the grave for us. That is the gospel He has called us to live in. Death to self so that He will be glorified through our lives.