What Sin Is and How to Be Free From the Bonds of Sin

September 12, 2020

Many believers in the Lord want to know what sin is and how to be free from the bonds of sin. It’s because these issues are directly linked to the important matter of whether we will be able to be saved and enter into the kingdom of heaven. We will now fellowship about these two issues.

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What Is Sin?

When it comes to what sin is, we may very easily think of this verse recorded in the Bible, “Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Like homicide, arson, robbery, theft, idolatry, and so on, these are visible sins which consist of lawlessness. Besides these, there are invisible sins in our thoughts. For example, the Lord Jesus said, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:18–19). From these verses we can know that whether behavioral sins or sins within our hearts, all the thoughts and actions that go against God’s words and the truth and that cause us to rebel against and resist God are called sin by God.

Comparing this to ourselves, after we know what sin is, we find that we are full of sin and can resist and rebel against God anytime, anywhere. For example, we live by our satanic disposition of arrogance and conceit, thinking we can rule others, never listening to anyone else and always wanting to have the final say. When we expend and work for the Lord, we show ourselves off and exalt ourselves to have others admire and look up to us—we are vying with God for mankind. We live by our satanic disposition of being selfish and greedy, so we put our interests first in all things, and in our interactions with others, we scheme against them and engage in jealous disputes for the sake of profit—we have lost our humanity and reason. We have the satanic disposition of being crooked and deceitful, so we cannot help but tell lies and deceive others for the sake of our own interests; we not only cheat people, but even cheat God: We say whatever sounds pleasant before God, wanting to gain God’s grace and blessings. But once illnesses, natural or man-made disasters, tribulations and trials befall us, we are able to blame and betray God. These are just a few examples. People who often live in sin and cannot practice the truth are the servants of sin. The result of sin is being judged, cursed, and destroyed and being unqualified to enter the kingdom of heaven. This is determined by God’s holy and righteous disposition. Just as God told us, “Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the son stays ever” (John 8:34–35). “The soul that sins, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20). “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries” (Hebrews 10:26–27).

How to Be Free From the Bonds of Sin

Given that people who frequently sin cannot gain God’s approval, how can we shake off the shackles of sin, gain purification, and become people who earn God’s praise and enter the kingdom of heaven? Actually, the Lord Jesus promised us He would definitely return in the last days to do the work of cleansing and saving us. For example, the Bible prophesies, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come” (John 16:12–13). “He that rejects Me, and receives not My words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17). “Sanctify them through Your truth: Your word is truth” (John 17:17). It can be seen from these verses that the Lord will express many truths upon His return and use His words to judge our sins so that we can gain purification and cast off the bonds of sin. So, if we accept the Lord’s work of judgment upon His return, we will have the hope of resolving our sinful satanic nature, gaining cleansing, earning God’s praise and entering God’s kingdom.

I believe many people have heard someone testify that the Lord Jesus has returned as the incarnated Almighty God. Almighty God has expressed all the truths we need to attain full salvation to judge and cleanse all people who accept God’s work of the last days. This precisely fulfills the prophecies of the Lord returning to express the truth and do the work of judgment beginning with God’s house.

Let’s read more of Almighty God’s words. Almighty God says, “Though Jesus did much work among man, He only completed the redemption of all mankind and became man’s sin offering; He did not rid man of all his corrupt disposition. Fully saving man from the influence of Satan not only required Jesus to become the sin offering and bear the sins of man, but it also required God to do even greater work to rid man completely of his satanically corrupted disposition. And so, now that man has been forgiven of his sins, God has returned to the flesh to lead man into the new age, and begun the work of chastisement and judgment. This work has brought man into a higher realm. All those who submit under His dominion shall enjoy higher truth and receive greater blessings. They shall truly live in the light, and they shall gain the truth, the way, and the life.

Christ of the last days uses a variety of truths to teach man, to expose the substance of man, and to dissect the words and deeds of man. These words comprise various truths, such as man’s duty, how man should obey God, how man should be loyal to God, how man ought to live out normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and the disposition of God, and so on. These words are all directed at the substance of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, the words that expose how man spurns God are spoken in regard to how man is an embodiment of Satan, and an enemy force against God. In undertaking His work of judgment, God does not simply make clear the nature of man with a few words; He exposes, deals with, and prunes over the long term. All these different methods of exposure, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words, but with the truth of which man is utterly bereft. Only methods such as these can be called judgment; only through judgment of this kind can man be subdued and thoroughly convinced about God, and moreover gain true knowledge of God. What the work of judgment brings about is man’s understanding of the true face of God and the truth about his own rebelliousness. The work of judgment allows man to gain much understanding of the will of God, of the purpose of God’s work, and of the mysteries that are incomprehensible to him. It also allows man to recognize and know his corrupt essence and the roots of his corruption, as well as to discover the ugliness of man. These effects are all brought about by the work of judgment, for the essence of this work is actually the work of opening up the truth, the way, and the life of God to all those who have faith in Him. This work is the work of judgment done by God.

From God’s words we can understand that the Lord Jesus did the work of redemption in the Age of Grace. When we receive the Lord’s salvation, we are absolved of our sins, are no longer subject to the condemnation and punishment of the law, and can pray directly to the Lord and enjoy the rich grace bestowed by the Lord. But the Lord’s work was not the work of resolving man’s sinful nature and He never absolved us of our sinful nature. This is why we need to accept God’s work of judgment in the last days. Only by doing so can we resolve our sinful nature.

Almighty God, Christ of the last days, has now come. Upon the foundation of the Lord Jesus’ work of redemption, He has expressed many aspects of the truth and performed the work of judgment to resolve our sinful nature. Almighty God exposes our various corrupt dispositions and our thoughts and ideas about disobeying and resisting Him, so that we are able to reflect on and acknowledge our God-resisting satanic nature and generate a heart of regret. Meanwhile, God also tells us His will and points out to us the ways of practice, such as how to be loyal to God, what true obedience to God is, how to fear God and shun evil, how to live out normal humanity, how to achieve a transformation in our life disposition through pursuit, which people are approved and saved by God and which are detested and eliminated by God, and more. All those who have accepted Almighty God’s work of judgment of the last days have gained some knowledge of the wisdom of God’s work, God’s righteous disposition, and God’s intention to save people, and thus have developed a heart of reverence for God, started to hate their own corruption, and resolved to practice the truth and satisfy God.

Through repeated experiences of Almighty God’s work of judgment, whether we act sinfully or reveal the corrupt thoughts in our minds, we will no longer repent in word only and no longer rely on our own self-restraint, but instead we will be able to truly hate ourselves from our heart, and become willing to forsake ourselves and allow God’s words to become the principles of our actions and words. This way, unbeknownst to us, we will undergo a change in our life dispositions, gradually break away from the depraved condition of sinning in the day and confessing at night, and show some true obedience toward God. From all this we can see that Almighty God’s judgment work of the last days through expressing the truth is very practical, is just what we corrupt human beings need, and is also God’s greatest salvation for us.

At this point in our fellowship, we can understand that without experiencing Almighty God’s judgment in the last days, we will never truly understand the truth of our own corruption, know God’s righteous disposition, or develop a heart of reverence for God. Thus we will never free ourselves from the bonds of sin. Only by undergoing Almighty God’s judgment and cleansing will we have the chance to throw off our corrupt dispositions, and finally be able to fear God and shun evil, become people who love, obey, and worship God, and live out the likeness of a true human being. Only then will we be qualified to enter the kingdom of heaven and receive God’s blessings and promises. Now, the videos of the experiences and testimonies of those who have experienced the judgment of Almighty God’s words and whose dispositions have undergone change have been released online, such as How I Changed My Arrogant Self, Liberated From Fame and Fortune, Reaping Joy Amid Suffering, and more. All this shows that only by accepting the judgment work of Christ of the last days can we shake off the shackles of sin; this is the one and only path into the kingdom of heaven.

Editor’s Note: After reading this article, we’ve understood what sin is and also found the path of how to be free from the bonds of sin. If you’d like to learn more, please feel free to contact us using the online chat buttons at the bottom.

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