Summary: Christians still living as slaves of sin and not living as freed sons of God
Christians still living as slaves of sin and not living as freed sons of God:
John 8:34-35 Jesus…whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house (in Christ) forever, but a son abides forever.
Sons of God who have been made free from slavery to sin:
Gal 4:6-7 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Rom 6: 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine (word) to which you were delivered.
Many Christians understand this sharp distinction between slavery to sin versus freedom from sin. And to a degree have allowed God to free them from some sins. However they continue to primarily think of and speak about themselves as still slaves. This is a thought stronghold that must be pulled down; the thought life must be renewed to the word of God.
Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind, (that is, the mind of your heart)
Col 3:10 …Put on the new man (your will yielded to your spirit) who is renewed in knowledge (God’s word) according to the image of Him who created him,
Do we think of ourselves as God’s overcomers, or sadly as those who are still overcome?
2 Peter 2:19-20 …By whom (or whatever) a person is overcome, by him (or that) also he is brought into bondage. (yet we could think of ourselves as overcomers)
1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God (His word in me) overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith (in that word).
1 John 2:14 …Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.
1 Pet 2:11 …Abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul…receive with KJV meekness the engrafted word which is able to save your souls. Jam 1:21
Rom 8:13 …if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Rev 2:11 (Jesus) He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.
Is overcoming based on feelings or how things look, or is it strictly by belief in God’s word?
Should we wait until we feel like we consistently have the victory over sin and can see that we do, before we can think and speak about ourselves as overcomers? Well with that approach we never will be an overcomer, will we? The road to victory with God is always a faith road, we must take God at his word and think and speak accordingly. Faith can only operate where the will of God is known, from His word, believed and then acted on. If I’ve listened to conflicting opinions on what His will is, I’m going to have to settle that or stay in doubt! For faith is the certainty of things hoped for. If I still allow serious doubts in my thought life, based on feelings or sight, or the unwise opinions of brothers or sisters (even if they may still notice inconsistencies in me) then there will never be that certainty. Where there is no certainty there cannot be faith, and without faith I will remain a slave.