He Breaks the Power of Canceled Sin

This past Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day!  After the service I was outside soaking up some sun when I was approached about the lyrics in one of the songs we had sung that morning.

The lyric in question was from the song "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing". The line goes, "He breaks the power of canceled sin, he sets the prisoner free".  I've sung this many times without really thinking about it.  Two words really stand out: "breaks" and "canceled".  At first it seems like these words as redundant.  They both talk about how Jesus has paid the price for our sins and set us free; however, there is an important difference.

Because Jesus Christ died on the cross our sins are canceled - God doesn't remember them anymore!  This idea is evident in Colossians 2:13-15:

You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.  He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.  In this way, he disarmed´╗┐´╗┐ the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.(Col 2:13-15, NLT).

Our wrongs are no longer held against us!  Even more amazing is that Jesus death and resurrection broke the power of sin over us.  That what's meant by "he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities".  Our sins do not control us any longer if we have put our faith in Jesus Christ.

This raises an important question:  if our sin is "canceled" and "broken" why have so much power over us?  I find that even though I know that my sins are forgiven I'm still weighed down by them.  Maybe it's the guilt of what I've done or even sinful patterns of behavior.  It's very evident that they still have a hold on me.

Although I can't really explain why this is, I can share one powerful example of how God's promises overcome the power of sin.  Many of you have seen the film "Luther".  There's one seen in the movie where Martin Luther is having an anxiety attack.  He's laying on the floor and muttering to himself.  It's very apparent that he is tortured by guilt.  After a while he starts to repeat "I am yours. Save me."  And the attack passes!

Our sins are forgotten, their power shattered.  We need to embrace this and remember that God's promises are true yesterday, today and forever.


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