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Jesus Christ, conqueror of sin

We know that Adam and Eve sinned. It was a sin of disobedience, of rebelliousness, of self-sufficiency, of independence, of wanting to become like God. Since then, sin made its influence felt over all humankind. The human being lost his most valuable asset: the communion with God. The consequences of sin left man in a pathetic condition: separation from God, lost of fellowship with neighbor, physical death, experience of sickness, fall under slavery to the Evil…
Not withstanding, this situation of enmity and rebellion of man against God, did not provoke the abandon or rejection of man, on the part of God. On the contrary, moved by his love, God always has come out in search of the human being to guide him, to show him his love and to show the path of return. In fact, God’s call to conversion is a constant in practically all chapters of the Bible. Once the work of Christ on the cross was over, his successor, the Holy Spirit, continues carrying forward in a perfect way, his mission of convincing the world regarding sin (cf Jn 16:8).
The supreme manifestation of his love, which for the believer is assumed as victory over sin, has taken shape in the coming of Christ to the earth, putting at his disposal an impressive inheritance and bringing victory over all his enemies. True that we were dead and destined to be lost on account of our sin, but God gave us life and victory through his Only Begotten Son. Paul thus expresses this in a precious way: “And you were dead, through the crimes and sins which used to make up your way of life when you were living by the principles of the world, obeying the ruler who dominated the air, the spirit which is at work in those who rebel. We too were all among them once, living only by our natural inclinations, obeying the demands of self-indulgence and our whim; our nature made us not less liable to God’s retribution than the rest of the world. But God, being rich in faithful love, through the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our sins, brought us to life with Christ —it is through grace that you have been saved— and raised us up with him and gave us a place with him in heaven, in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:1-6).
Christ came to restore the Kingdom of God on the earth, and a good part of this restoration included saving man from his sin. In fact the name of Jesus, that means “God saves”, gives us an important clue regarding Christ’s mission on the earth. The Angel of the Lord had appeared in dreams to Joseph and told him that Mary would give birth to a Son and he should give him the name “Jesus”, “because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins” (Mt 1:21). He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (cf Jn 1:36).
The damnable was object of salvation, the one who was dead, received life, the one under slavery, set free: “One man’s offence brought condemnation on all humanity; one man’s good action brought justification and life to all humanity. Just as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience are many to be made upright” (Rom 5:18-19). And the apostle Paul continues explaining how this process was carried out: “When we were baptised into Christ Jesus, we were baptised into his death. So by our baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glorious power, we too should begin to live a new life. If we have been joined to him by dying a death like his, so we shall be by a resurrection like his… If we have died with Christ, then we shall live with him too. We know that Christ has been raised from the dead and will never die again. Death has no
power over him any more. For by dying, he is dead to sin once and for all” (Rom 6:3ff).
The key to retain the victory that Christ obtained for us, once we have believed in him, is not to give any more occasion to sin: “That is why you must not allow sin to reign over your mortal bodies and make you obey their desires; or give any parts of your bodies over to sin to become instruments of evil. Instead, give yourselves to God, as people brought to life from the dead, and give every part of your bodies to God to be instruments of uprightness; and then sin will no longer have any power over you- you are living not under law, but under grace” (Rom 6:12-14). The Christian, one who lives in Christ, has been set free from sin: “Once you were slaves to sin, but thank God you have given whole-hearted obedience to the pattern of teaching to which you were introduced; and so, being free from serving sin, you took uprightness as your master” (Rom 6:17-18). “For the wage paid by sin is death; the gift freely given by God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, Our Lord” (Rom 6:23).
Now, thanks to the triumph of Christ over sin: “Condemnation will never come to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1). And we can glorify Christ, for God “has rescued us from the ruling force of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son that he loves, and in him we enjoy our freedom, the forgiveness of sin” (Col 1:13).
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