Written By Eddie Vines
Eddie Vines is a former Jefferson county Judge and currently serves as President of Faith Fortress Ministries
34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
John 8:34 - 36
Last week we looked at what it means to be free from the law. Now, we turn to the concept of freedom from sin.
In today’s society discussions of eternal damnation are seldom heard. Now, even churches tend to soft pedal the seriousness of sin’s consequences. One of the primary problems with this trend is that unless one understands the magnitude of the punishment for sin, then he cannot fully appreciate God’s remarkable grace.
In the beginning, Scripture tells us, that God created man specially and that mankind (both Adam and Eve) existed in a sinless, harmonious state with their maker until they sinned against him, triggering “the fall”. Since then every human being who has ever lived has been enslaved by a sin-nature that can only be overcome through Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross.
Romans 10 tells us that the wages of sin is death and this relates not only to physical death but spiritual death as well. The very fact that Adam and Eve eventually died a physical death is because of the effects of sin in the world. The spiritual bondage of man is evident as we look around the world and see multitudes who are spiritually shackled by addiction, greed, pride, selfishness and a host of other sins. It is both the responsibility and the privilege of followers of Christ to introduce those who hurtling toward eternal punishment to the savior who longs to set them free.