“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?”
When it comes to the subject of sin, you must understand what your most important weapon is. It isn’t taking an oath, or making up your mind to do the right thing; it is knowledge.
It is coming to revelation knowledge about what Christ has done that enables you to live above sin.
Jer. 31:31-33 says: “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
This text makes us aware that there is a new mechanism for doing God’s will. It isn’t the law of God written on stony tablets which the Israelites could not keep. No, now the laws of God are written in your heart. This is made clearer in Ezekiel 36:26: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”
The laws of Moses could not help man do the right thing (Heb. 8:7), hence the need for a new commandment. Now, it is God’s spirit that works in you, causing you to will and to do of His good pleasure. When you hear information like this, you must let it settle in your heart. You must keep meditating and insisting on it. When the old man tries to rear his ugly head, you must learn to tell yourself: “That old man is dead, I am a new creature. I’m dead to sin. I cannot sin, because I have a new heart. God’s spirit is working in me to will and to do of his good pleasure.”