Sin is self-realization. When Adam and Eve chose to disobey God for the first time, their response was to cover themselves. They were aware of themselves for the first time and felt over exposed.
God called to the Man: “Where are you?”
He said, “I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid.”
God said, “Who told you you were naked? Did you eat from that tree I told you not to eat from?” -Genesis 3:9-11
Self-awareness is evidence of sin. You can be self-aware by following a set of rules for moral living and you can be self-aware by disregarding morality to get what you want. They both set the person up for personal gain.
As a human being, it’s impossible to not be aware of yourself. Even if you’re a people pleaser you do it to get acceptance and approval from others. We inherited our awareness from Adam and with that knowledge comes the inclination to behave selfishly.
The point is, we are all incapable of avoiding sin. Especially when you consider that the act of trying to avoid sin is sin.
What one man did changed everything, what another man did changed it back. What Jesus did cancelled what Adam did.
Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person did it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and death, another person did it right and got us out of it. -Romans 5:18
Being ‘set free from sin’ means exactly that. It doesn’t mean that you won’t sin, it means that you are no longer under it’s command, tyranny or rule.
Sin is in command when you’re either trying to avoid it or when you’re giving in to it. It demands your attention either way. If you understand that sin has been taken care of, then you don’t need to be afraid of it anymore.
You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did. That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. -Romans 11:12
Sin tyrannizes us with fear. It’s a fear that something besides God has the power to decide your fate. God does not contradict Himself. If the law requires penance, then the penance must be paid. He doesn’t let people off the hook without suffering a loss Himself. He suffered the end-all of losses and now the law is complete. The law is no longer out for blood. It’s satisfied.
We wouldn’t have sin without having the law. You wouldn’t know you were doing something wrong if you didn’t know what ‘right’ was. Sin depends on the law for power. If the law no longer has loose ends and ‘what if’s’, then the sin is powerless, too. Since neither have the ability to be ‘gods’, then you choose either for what you can get out of it. You choose ‘self.’
The law and sin are no longer the rulers. They are the old regime. They’re the ‘old way.’
Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God. -Romans 6:14
Since you no longer have to be afraid of messing up, then you can focus all of your time on getting in on what God is doing. You are free to forget about getting it right. If you use your new found freedom to serve your own agenda then you’re choosing yourself again. When you choose selfishness, you lose your freedom.
It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows.-Galatians 5:13