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Spiritual Life #93
Deliverance From Our Sinful Nature No. 1
Sermon Transcript by Rev. Ernest O’Neill
Loved ones, I’d love to try to talk a little about deliverance from our sinful nature. Many people
who regard themselves as Christians, probably some of us here tonight, blame a lot of things on
their sinful nature. If they lose their temper or they express outward resentment to someone,
they’ll say, it’s not me, it’s my sinful nature. Or, if they feel lust inside or they feel pride or
they feel anger or irritability bubbling up inside them, they’ll say, oh, that’s my sinful nature.
And, they don’t regard themselves as accepting that sinful nature as a permanent part of themselves.
But that’s what they tend to begin to do simply by giving it a name that sound scriptural and sounds
right. And, this Pandora’s box of conflicting passions and drives that exists inside them, they feel
a little better about it if they can name it their sinful nature because they have a feeling that
the Bible and the churches actually teach that there’s no way to get rid of your sinful nature.
And, in fairness to you who have thought that, I think many churches do teach that. I think many
churches teach that there’s no way to get rid of the sinful nature and you’re stuck with it for
life. And, I think that’s one of the reasons why Christendom is so impotent to change the morals of
our society. Because so much of Christendom believes that there’s no way to get rid of the sinful
Now, what I’d love to do tonight is to ask you to look with me at the scripture that those of us who
think the sinful nature is a normal part of our lives depend upon for that interpretation. Now, it’s
Romans 7. So, we’ll spend a little time looking more closely at it tonight than we normally do.
Romans 7 is the chapter from which so many of us Christians derive the idea that the sinful nature
is something that you just have to live with. You can’t get rid of it. It’s part of the normal
Christian experience. Romans 7:15, “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want,
but I do the very thing I hate. Now, if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good.”
So, most Christians say, “Phew, thank goodness somebody else is like me. That’s exactly like me!
Right there, not only in black and white but in God’s Word. I do not understand my own actions for I
do not do what I want but I do the very thing I hate. Oh, thank goodness, I’m not on my own. I’m not
quite as bad as I thought I was. In fact, verse 17 seems to describe exactly what I feel. ‘So, then
it is no longer I that do it.’ That’s right. That’s right. I don’t really want to do these things.
It’s not I that do it, but sin which dwells within me. That’s the culprit — indwelling sin.”
And, I think most of us kind of are a little uplifted by the thought that, oh, Paul, St. Paul the
apostle, had the same problem. And, it wasn’t him that did it, you see. It was indwelling sin and so
sometimes we call it the “sinful nature” and sometimes we call it “indwelling sin” or sometimes we
call it what Paul calls it in the next verse. “For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that
is, in my flesh.” And, so, many times Christians say, yes, it’s my flesh. It’s my flesh that is
losing its temper and it’s my flesh that is feeling lust or envy or pride. It’s not me because I
don’t want to do it.
My situation is Paul’s in this next phrase in verse 18, “I can will what is right but I cannot do
it.” And, so, there’s a tendency for us to say, yes, it’s not my fault. It’s this sinful nature
inside me that I just can’t control. It’s my flesh. I’m okay, I’m good. I really want what is right.
I can will what is right and that’s it. I will what is right but somehow I can’t do it. For, in
verse 19, “For I do not do the good I want but the evil I do not want is what I do.” So, you see,
it’s not my fault. I mean the good that I want to do, I can’t do. And, I don’t want to do the evil
that I end up doing. So it isn’t my fault. It’s the sinful nature that is doing it. Now, if I do
what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me. And most of us,
loved ones, sink back into our defeated Christian life on the basis of those verses.
We say, now that’s Paul, the apostle, describing how his sinful nature prevented him from doing what
he knew he should do. And, that’s exactly my situation and that’s the situation of all of us until
we get into Heaven. And, you may say to such a person, “But wait a minute! That’s not the end of the
story!” And, they’d say, “Well, of course, it’s the end of the story.” They’ll look at verse 24,
“Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” “Yes, of course, it is. That
is the end of the story.”
And, then, if you say to them, no, no, verse 25, is the end of the story. “Thanks be to God, through
Jesus Christ, our Lord!” Look, Paul is saying, that’s not the end. That’s not the way it’s to be.
Thanks be to God. He says, who’ll deliver me? And, he says, thanks be to God. God will through Jesus
Christ, our Lord. If you say that to them, then they say, no, no, no, look at the deliverance, you
see in the rest of that verse. There’s what you’re delivered into.
“So, then, I, myself, serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”
And, that’s what loved ones will say. And, you’re probably in the same boat because I think we don’t
often enough study the chapter carefully. And, so, we tend to say, there it is, the sinful nature
preventing a person obeying God, that’s the normal Christian life. Who shall deliver me from this
body of death? Well, God through Jesus Christ, our Lord. But, not because he stops me sinning.
Because there’s the kind of deliverance described. “Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ, our
Lord, so then, I, myself, serve the law of God with my mind.”
That is, I am still in the same boat. I want to do what is right but with my flesh I serve the law
of sin so actually in my life and my behavior, I am still doing the wrong thing. But, if you say to
them, well, in what sense then are you delivered? In what sense does he say thanks be to God through
our Lord, Jesus Christ? Oh, you are saved from the guilt of your sins. You are given forgiveness for
the things that you are doing wrong. But you still do them, obviously. He says, I am serving the law
of God with my mind, and with my flesh I am serving the law of sin, but thanks be to God through
Jesus Christ, who forgives me for the expressing of the sinful nature that I take part in.
Loved ones, that is the great lie and deception and the great “slough of despond” [from Pilgrim’s
Progress by John Bunyan] in which most of Christendom wallows. And, in which most of Christendom
finds its excuse for not being what God wants it to be.
Do you see there are some real problems in that interpretation? Let me show you just some of them.
You see that last verse in Romans 7 there, the last part of it. “So, then, I of myself serve the law
of God with my mind but with my flesh, I serve the law of sin.” Now, if that is the normal Christian
life, serving the law of sin with my flesh, then, according to what Paul says a few verses later,
all such normal Christians die. That’s right.
All such normal Christians die. If serving the law of sin with your flesh is the normal Christian
life, then, according to what he says a few verses later, all such normal Christians die. I pointed
out to you Romans 8:13, “For if you live according to the flesh, you will die.” So, there’s a
problem there. Do you see that? If you see that Romans 7:25 describes the normal Christian life or
the best that Christians can expect — that is where with their mind they serve the law of God, but
with their flesh, they serve the law of sin — then in Romans 8:13, Paul says such people will die.
If you live according to the flesh, that surely means if you serve the law of sin with your flesh,
you will die. That’s a logic problem. That is an illogicality that you are faced with.
If you say that the last verse of Romans 7, the last part of it, is the normal Christian life, then
you’re in real trouble with what Paul says a few verses later about such people. He says such people
who serve the law of sin with their flesh, such people will die. If you live according to the flesh,
you’ll die. So, that’s one problem, if that’s the normal Christian life.
But, there is another even more obvious problem. You look at Romans 7:23, “but I see in my members
another law at work with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in
my members.” And, you see what Paul is saying, he says, I want to do good but I see in my members —
that’s my body, my personality, my mind, my emotions — I see another law at war with the law of my
mind which wants to do good and this other law inside my personality makes me captive to the law of
sin which dwells in my members.
That describes a life of slavery to sin. That’s not right. I mean, being a captive to sin is being a
slave to sin. Now, that is a direct contradiction to what Paul has just outlined as the freedom that
we’re brought into by Jesus’ death in the previous chapter. And, look at it. It’s Romans 6. Here’s
the freedom that he talks about. Romans 6:15, “What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law
but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you yield yourselves to anyone as obedient
slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey — either of sin which leads to death or of
obedience which leads to righteousness. But, thanks be to God that you who were once slaves of sin
have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed. And,
having been set free from sin have become slaves of righteousness.”
Now, loved ones, that’s a direct contradiction to what Paul has just outlined in Romans 7:23. Romans
7:23 says, I find myself a captive to sin. And, Romans 6:15-18, he says, you’re freed from sin.
You’re freed from being a captive. He says the same thing a few verses earlier in Romans 6:12-14
there, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies to make you obey their passions. Do not
yield your members to sin as instruments of wickedness but yield yourselves to God as men who have
been brought from death to life. And, your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin
will have no dominion over you since you are not under law, but under grace.” But, in Romans 7:23,
he says, sin has dominion over me and my members. Now, loved ones, do you see there’s a problem
In Romans 6, Paul describes a life of freedom from sin, of deliverance from the sinful nature. And,
in Romans 7, he describes a slavery to sin and a slavery to the sinful nature. Now, how do you
describe or how do you explain those things? Romans 6, he talks about the sinful nature as being
absolutely washed out. Look, Romans 6:1-5, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that
grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all
of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried
therefore with him by baptism into death so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of
the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death
like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old
self was crucified with him.”
And, the “old self” is another term that people use for the sinful nature. They’ll talk about their
sinful nature or their old self or their old man or indwelling sin. And, here, Paul is saying, “We
know that our old man was crucified with Christ so that the sinful body might be destroyed and we
might no longer be a slave to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. But, if we have died with
Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. For we know that Christ being raised from the
dead will never die again. Death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died to sin, he died
to sin once for all but the life he lives, he lives to God. So, you also must consider yourselves
dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. [Romans 6:6-11]
And, then, in Romans 7, he says, “I cannot do what I want to do, I find a law of sin in my members
that prevents me and has dominion over me.” Now, loved ones, you’ve got a problem. If Romans 7
describes the normal Christian life, and you’re faced with that problem, let’s agree to that, if
Romans is an autobiographical account of Paul’s own spiritual experience. Isn’t that right? There’s
no answer. If Romans is an autobiographical account of Paul’s own experience of God, you’ve got a
problem that’s insoluble. Because obviously in Romans 6 he talks about freedom from sin and then in
Romans 7 he seems to back right around on himself.
So, if this is a chronological account of his experience, boy, he must have backslidden by the time
he gets to Romans 7. Or, in Romans 6, he doesn’t mean what he seems to be meaning. And, I think
that’s actually what most of Christendom believes. I think they do. I think they say, well, now
listen, Paul’s obviously giving us a chronological account of his own experience with God and, in
Romans 6, he appears to tell us that we’re free from our sinful nature but obviously he doesn’t mean
that because Romans 7 is obviously further on in his own experience and he points out that he’s not
So, loved ones, if Romans is an autobiographical, chronological account of Paul’s experience with
God, we have no answer. It’s just one of those contradictions in the Bible that destroys the
salvation that God has wrought for us. Except that no theologian in any church and no scholarly
exegete in any denomination will tell you for one moment that that’s what Romans is about. Not one
of them will say Romans is an autobiographical account of Paul’s own experience. They won’t. Nobody
will say that. They’ll all say the same thing. Romans is the most detailed theological explanation
of our fall out of God’s fellowship and our redemption. And, they’ll say if there’s anything of
Paul’s own experience in Romans, it’s an incidental comment.
In fact, loved ones, it isn’t an autobiographical account of Paul’s own experience. It isn’t at all.
Romans 6 is where he describes how Jesus has died for us and our sinful nature has been crucified
with him. And, how we are therefore free from our sinful nature. And, then, in Romans 7, he simply
goes on and he tells us another freedom that we have. And, you look at the first verse of Romans 7,
“Do you not know, brethren, for I am speaking to those who know the law, that the law is binding on
a person only during his life?” So, Paul says in Romans 6, Christ has died and we have died with him
and our old sinful nature was destroyed with him.
And, then, I want to tell you in Romans 7, you’re also free from the law as the primary guide of
your life. You’re also free from the law because you know that the law is only binding on a person
as long as they are alive. And I’ve just said that we’ve died with Christ. So, I want you to see
that you’re now free from the law as the primary guide of your life. And, then, in Romans 8, he goes
on to explain the successor of the law, the Holy Spirit. So, he says in Romans 6, we’re being
delivered from our sinful nature; Romans 7, you’re freed from the law as the primary guide of your
life because the real guide of your life, now that you have been crucified with Christ, is in Romans
8. It’s the Spirit, the Holy Spirit. And, all of Romans 8 is the outline of that new master that we
And, then in Romans 7 he says, but now don’t say the law is useless. The law isn’t any use in
delivering us from our sinful nature but don’t say the law is useless. And, so, he puts brackets
around this, a parenthesis. And, he says, now, I want to remind you what the law did for us before
we were ever Christians. And, here’s what he says, the parentheses begins in verse 7 of Romans 7.
Romans 7:7, “What then shall we say? That the law is sin?” Because he said, you see, you are freed
from it as the primary guide of your life because the Spirit will now guide you. But, then, “What
shall we say? That the law was sin? By no means! Yet, if it had not been for the law, I should not
have known sin.” In those old days, when I was a Jew, I wouldn’t have known sin if it hadn’t been
for the law. I should not have known what it is to covet.
And, notice, he says, I should not have known. He doesn’t say I do not know, now, in this present
moment. He says, looking back to what it was for us, I should not have known what it is to covet if
the law had not said you shall not covet. Verse 8, “But, sin finding opportunity in the commandment
wrought in me all kinds of covetousness. Apart from the law, sin lies dead.” In other words, the
natural man really has very little awareness of sin until the law comes to him. Verse 9, “I was once
alive apart from the law [before I knew what Judaism was about], but when the commandment came, sin
revived and I died; the very commandment which promised life proved to be death to me. For sin
finding opportunity in the commandment, deceived me and by it killed me. So, the law is holy and the
commandment is holy and just and good.”
But, the state of us Jews, he says, who suddenly began to realize what the sin was when we came
under the law, our state was the state that he describes then in those next verses. [Romans 7:15-20]
You remember what it was like and I don’t understand my own actions. I don’t do what I want but I do
the very thing that I hate. Now, if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good and, as a
Jew, I believed that. So, then, it is no longer I that do it but sin that dwells within me. And, so
the law made sin exceedingly sinful to me. It exposed my sinful nature to me but it could not
deliver me from it.
And, in that parenthesis, he describes what the situation was before he was even a Christian. And,
the proof of that, well, you see it in verse 1. Romans 7:1, “Do you not know, brethren — for I am
speaking to those who know the law.” I am speaking to Jews and don’t you know what our experience
was together of the law before we were ever born of God. In other words, loved ones, when you look
at Romans 7, particularly from verse 7 to verse 25, you’re looking at a parenthesis that Paul sets
in there. On the way from his description of the deliverance that we have in Jesus from our sinful
nature to the new master that we have in the Spirit. Becauseyou are also freed from the law as your
And, yet, the law was not useless because it did this for us in the old days when we were Jews. So,
brothers and sisters, when you and I look at Romans 7:7-25 and we take that as the description of a
defeated Christian or of a normal Christian, we are way far from truth. That isn’t even a
description of a defeated Christian. Do you see that? Because it says, “The good that I would, I do
not, and the evil that I hate is the very thing that I do.” Now, even a normal born-again Christian
has enough of the grace of the Holy Spirit to enable him not to commit sin. So, what Paul is
describing there is the situation of a dear Jew struggling under the commandments of the law with no
power of the Holy Spirit to obey. He’s not describing a defeated Christian. And, he’s certainly not
describing a normal Christian.
And, so, when you or I look upon that as a description of the normal Christian life, do you realize
what we’re doing? We’re not only failing to make a clear distinction between the New Testament and
the Old Testament, we are reducing the New Testament to the Old Testament. We’re reducing the New
Covenant to the level of the Old Covenant. The Old Covenant was God’s agreement to forgive sin and
not to count our transgressions against us. The New Covenant is the removal of the sinful nature
which prevents us obeying God. That’s it.
And, it might be good for those of us who have tended, and I would count myself among those, who
have tended to try to hide behind these verses. It might be good to look at them a little more
closely. Look at Romans 7:16, “Now if I do what I do not want” and, we have a way of saying, oh,
that’s me, I really want to do the good. And, we ought to be pretty clear that that’s the truth. I
know we all like to say, boy, look, Pastor, my will is right. Well, is that right? I mean that was
the problem with this righteous Jew but is it our problem? Because the reason he couldn’t obey was
not his will. Do you see that? The problem, the reason he couldn’t obey was not his will. And, we
have a tendency to say, oh, look, Jesus is within me but the reason I can’t obey is my will. That’s
the same problem, you remember, as Paul had in Romans.
No, it’s not. Because he was quite definite. Look at verse 18, “For I know that nothing good dwells
within me, that is, in my flesh.” I can will what is right but I cannot do it. And, you and I have a
tendency to say, that’s us. We are willing what is right and, yet most of us contradict ourselves
again because we say, well, we’re willing what is right but, my problem is my will. Well, now, I’d
like to point out that wasn’t Paul’s problem as a Jew. See, verse 23 was his problem. “But, I see in
my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which
dwells in my members.” His problem was the equipment that he had to express the obedient will that
he possessed. His problem was the sinful nature that he had inherited. His will was set but his
sinful nature was a burden that prevented him expressing his will.
Now, that’s where you and I have to be pretty clear. We have to really settle, do we really will
what God wants for us? That’s why for most of us who have needed to come into deliverance from our
sinful nature, the first step for most of us has been to settle, did we really will what is right
and are we really willing what God wants us to will? And, I would confess to you my experience that
when I began to examine my own heart before God, I began to see that I didn’t really will what he
wanted me to will.
You see, the fact is that once you clear that up and once you are willing to do and to be whatever
God wants you to be and to do, the magnificent fact is that your sinful nature has been crucified
with Christ and that’s the thing that prevented Paul obeying. And, the moment you believe that is
the moment you are able to obey. And, I’ll just make you suffer in my old diagram. Because some of
us think, well, the sinful nature, well, could you clarify that? What do you mean? Our sinful nature
prevents us expressing what our will wants to do? Well, I’ll just do it briefly because so many of
you know it and have seen it so often.
But, loved ones, without justifying every step here, I just point out that the Bible outlines our
personality as consisting of our spirit and our soul and our body. And, if you follow out those
references in the Bible, you find that the spirit consists of the ability to commune with God, the
ability through our intuition to know what God wants us to do and our conscience which judges us on
the basis of that. And, then, our will which governs our body, our mind and emotions, and our
personality so that we do those things in our life.
And, so, actually God’s plan for us was to operate like that. To operate depending on his love for
our own security and our own safety. And, then, to allow that love to come through our spirits in
our communion with him so that we knew what he wanted us to do. Then, our conscience constrained our
will so that our will obeyed our conscience on the basis of that and directed our mind and emotions
to do those things and to express them through our bodies. That was God’s will for us. That is a
Now, what Adam and our forefathers did, at the beginning of the world’s creation, was they
determined we will not be dependent on God alone. We will use this world that we see around us to
get the safety and the security that his love intended to give us.
And, so, they turned their whole way of life around and they began to ignore God. They then began to
use the material things in the world and the circumstances of the world and even began to use other
people to get the satisfaction that God meant them to have from him. And, so, their whole
personalities began to operate the other way.
You can see that everything became contorted. The mind, instead of concentrating on understanding
what God wanted a person to do, the mind began to be used to manipulate other people to provide you
with the security that you would have got from God. The emotions which were meant to express the
delight and joy that you had in your Father’s friendship turned around and, instead of expressing
joy, they began to concentrate on getting joy from other people. And, so, the whole nature became
perverted. That’s what a sinful nature is. And, it’s that sinful nature that prevents us obeying
So, our wills can be set to obey him and they can be starting to move down this way [through the
spirit to the soul] but there’s this whole nature that is operating the other way. If you would like
an example of it, so many of us come in to certain times of financial difficulty or we come in to
times of real personal conflicts with other people and God says to us, now, I want you to rest in me
and to trust me. And, I want you to use your mind to understand what I am doing with you in this
situation. And, I want you to remain under it long enough until I achieve what I want to achieve in
you. So, I want you to concentrate on that.
And, we know we should do that but the little mind is such a manipulator by habit that before we
know it, our mind is working out ways in which we can deliver ourselves from the financial trouble
or ways in which we can do without the personal relationship that has become messed up. That’s part
Or, you know fine well that God is your only final, reliable friend. And, his opinion of you is the
only thing that really matters. But, for years, you’ve lived and practiced what your inherited
sinful nature has taught you to do. That is, you’ve learned to depend on what other people think of
you. And, you’re another slave to other people’s opinion of you. And, there comes a situation when
you know I should stand up like Martin Luther and say, here I stand. I care for no other. I don’t
care what they think of me. I am going to do what is right before God because his opinion alone
This old sinful nature lies like a heavy weight upon us and before we know it our little eye is
going out to see if somebody approves of us. That’s what the sinful nature does. And, that eternally
lies on top of you and prevents you doing what you know you should. And, there’s no way to fix that
sinful nature up yourself. And, that’s why Romans 6:6 is God’s answer. Our old self, our old man,
our old sinful nature, was crucified with Christ.
And, that actually is the truth. That there isn’t one of us here that has a sinful nature that has
not already been destroyed with our Savior. And, that deliverance can be made real in your life
tonight in a moment by faith because that’s what Paul said. So, you also, in the light of this fact,
that your sinful nature has been crucified, you also must consider yourselves dead indeed unto sin
and alive to God in Christ Jesus — and considering is believing, and believing can be done in a
There are lots of men who experienced it. William Bramwell was a minister, a Methodist minister in
the old days in England. After suffering under conviction of sin for many months, he was converted
to Christ and became an earnest worker for the salvation of souls. So, he was a converted man. He
was full of zeal and many souls were led to Christ. Yet, he yearned for a still deeper Christian
experience. In other words, he found a sinful nature was still there. And, when he obeyed God, he
obeyed against a weight that was upon him all the time. “I was for some time deeply convinced of my
need of purity and sought carefully with tears and entreaties and sacrifice, thinking nothing too
much to give up, nothing too much to do or suffer, if I might but obtain this pearl of great price.
This deliverance from a sinful nature. Yet, I found it not. Nor knew the reason why until the Lord
showed me I had erred in the way of seeking it. I did not seek it by faith alone but, as it were, by
the works of the law.”
And, in case you don’t recognize what that means in our contemporary life situation, for most of us
it means we tinker with our personality. We decide to ourselves, yeah, my problem is my mind. It
won’t concentrate. So, we read a book that helps you to concentrate in your mind. Or, somebody tells
you your emotions are all twisted up because of the way your mom treated you, so you ought to get
that sorted out, untwist your emotions and you’ll be able to do what God wants you to do. That’s
seeking it by works of the law, you see. It’s our version, our modern version, of that. We think we
can tinker with the sinful nature. We think we can somehow put it right. “I did not seek it by faith
alone but as it were by works of the law.”
“Being now convinced of my error, I sought the blessing by faith only. Faith that Christ had
crucified this with himself. Still, it tarried a little, but I waited for it in the way of faith
when, in the house of a friend in Liverpool, where I had gone to settle some temporal affairs,
previously to my going out to travel, while I was sitting as it might be on this chair with my mind
engaged in various meditations concerning my present affairs and future prospects, my heart now and
then lifted up to God but not particularly about this blessing, heaven came down to earth. It came
to my soul. The Lord for whom I had waited came suddenly to the temple of my heart and I had
immediate evidence that this was the blessing I had for some time been seeking. My soul was then all
wonder, love and praise.”
After receiving the above experience, a great power was given him. Thousands were converted to
Christ in his meetings. Many sick were healed in answer to his prayers and remarkable discernment
was given him to see and know the spiritual condition of others. [Taken from Memoir of the Life and
Ministry of Mr William Bramwell by J. Sigston (1846)]
That’s it, brothers and sisters. It can happen as instantaneously as the New Birth did. And, it’s
for all of us because the glory that Paul outlines in Romans 6, 7 and 8 is that our old sinful
nature was crucified with Christ and all you have to do is believe that. But, these are big things
because it’s believing that all that you have been up to this present moment in your life has been
crucified with Christ. All that you are and all that you have been, and all your past and all your
little habits, and all of that has been crucified with Christ. So, it is a launching out. It is a
becoming a new creation. But, it can be yours and it can be yours in a moment. How to be delivered
from our sinful nature — by faith, by faith that that has been crucified with Christ and done away
with completely. That’s it.
You see, if you say to me, well, what’s the importance of that? Well, if you don’t believe that,
you’re walking around continually with this kind of rationalizing, complaining persistent thought.
Oh, I can’t be what I’m supposed to be because I’m filled with all kinds of resentments that I’ve
had for years and I have bad habits of thinking and feeling that I can’t get rid of. There’s no way
I can obey. And, so, we destroy ourselves and defeat ourselves before we begin.
The fact is all that you have been up to this present moment has already, right at this moment, been
crucified with Christ, right up to date at this moment. The moment you believe that, the moment the
Holy Spirit fills you with himself and makes you the new creation, the completely new creation, that
you already are in Christ Jesus. The fact is that so many of us at the New Birth have received only
part of that new creation and not all of it and what God has done with us over these years has been
to show us the parts that we haven’t allowed to be renewed. But, the only way to renew them is by
faith in your crucifixion and resurrection with Jesus.
So, loved ones, the glory of it is that it is possible to live above sin. It is possible to be
delivered from that sinful nature. It is possible not to have resentment, it is. It is possible not
to be depressed. It is possible not to be envious or jealous. It is possible not to gossip. It is
possible not to be sad or cast down by the difficult situations and events that you are
experiencing. It’s possible to live like an angel. Yes. Because Jesus came to save his people FROM
their sins. So, loved ones, don’t make do with anything less. Even if all of Christendom should live
in the Old Covenant, don’t you make do with anything less than the full salvation that Jesus died to
bring us. I pray that it will come to somebody this very night. No reason why it can’t. For such a
night as this, certainly that it can do and it can come to you the same way.
Dear Lord, we would have to admit that we are sick, sore and tired of our manifold failures and our
wickedness and our repeated fallings, and our making resolutions at certain campsites, just like the
old Israelites coming back around again in the wilderness. They came round to the same old
campsites. The same places where we put up stones as altars and put stakes in the ground and made
resolutions. Lord, we are sick and sore and tired of such a life of resolutions and failures and new
resolutions and new failures.
Lord, we do believe your Word that you, Lord Jesus, came to save your people from their sins and we
are your people. Lord, we need to be saved from our sins. So, Lord, we know that you’ve forgiven us
and, dear Father, we know that we’re your children. But, oh, Lord, we want to act like your
children. We want to live like your children and think like your children. We want to put the evil
thing far from us. We want to be clean inside and out.
So, Lord Jesus, we want to tell you that we do believe the Word of God. We believe that our old self
was crucified with you. Lord, we believe that now in our heads intellectually and, Lord, we will not
be satisfied until you make that real and actual in our lives through the cleansing power and the
fullness of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves solemnly to you, asking you to lead us
into this blessing and into this full salvation that we may be delivered from our sinful nature. We
ask this in Jesus’ name and for his sake. The grace of our Lord Jesus and the love of God and the
fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with each of us, now and ever more. Amen.
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