THE END OF SIN
by Kevin Rutherford
A few weeks back we spoke of the beginning of sin in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). The good news is that even then God had a plan to help man to be free from sin (Genesis ). In fact, His plan for the salvation of mankind from sin has been an eternal plan (Ephesians 3:8-13). In God eternal plan He has made it possible for there to be an end to sin.
The idea of an end to sin is appealing. It is appealing because sin causes so much pain, sorrow, and grief in this life. In fact, most pain can be traced back to a sin, or sins. The sin of hatred often leads to the sin of murder. The sin of lust sometimes leads to the sin of sexual assault. The sin of paganism leads to all manner of wickedness and fornication in which people get hurt over and over again.
It is possible for there to be an end of sin in our lives. That sin which so easily ensnares can be laid aside so that we can run with patience the Christian race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1). We lay sin aside when we become Christians. We become Christians by obeying the truth because it is the truth that makes us free from sin (John -36). When we follow the truth we repent and are baptized for the remission of sins (Acts ). The “remission of sins” means those sins are taken away. We become free of sin. Repentance is equivalent to putting to death the man of sin, before burying that man of sin in the waters of baptism (Romans 6:4). After the burial we rise to walk in newness of life. It is a new life because the sin has been removed. The active agent that removes the sin upon repentance and baptism is the blood of Jesus Christ (Colossians ; Revelation 1:5).
Once our sins have been removed through repentance and baptism, Christians make every effort to remain free of sin. God will give us the ability to resist sin and endure temptation (1 Corinthians ; Philippians ; Romans ). With trust in Him we will no longer be slaves of sin, but rather we will be slaves of righteousness (Romans -23). We will live our lives in such a way that it will be our habit to resist the temptations of the devil (1 John 3:4-9).
We recognize, of course, that while working hard to resist sin, sometimes Christians grow weak and give in to temptation (1 John 1:8-10). When Christians give in to temptation they must repent and ask God to forgive them of that sin (Acts ). When we do so we can have the confidence that God will forgive us (Hebrews ). Having repented of our sins and confessed them to God, we can know that we are saved (1 John ).
Ultimately there will be a complete end to sin. There is coming a day in which the tempter is going to be cast into hell (Revelation ). On that day there will be a resurrection and a judgment (Revelation -15). After the judgment the righteous will go into heaven. There are many wonderful things said about heaven, one of which is the fact that there will be no sin in heaven (Revelation ). We will be forever in the presence of God who cannot fellowship darkness (1 John 1:5). Let each of us rejoice in the knowledge that someday we can live in eternity in a place in which there is no more sin, and consequently no more suffering from sin.