Cursed is the power of sin!
Did we really get that–? The power of sin was cursed forever by God in Christ? Wow! That is great news!
But…is that concept is weightier than our minds can carry?
In the Gospels Christ gave us the story of the fig tree (Matt. 21:19; Mark 11:13; etc.) When along the road he found it void of fruit He cursed it. The fig tree originates in the Garden (Gen. 3:7) with the fig leaves that Adam and Eve sewed together to cover themselves in their shame hiding from God. The fig tree represents man’s fruitless coverings of religion, self-effort and performance. It also illustrates for us the cursing process.
And what was the effect that the curse had on the fig tree? Immediately it dried up, the Scripture says.
If God cursed the fig tree and it dried up, then if sin already cursed why doesn’t it dry up in our lives just like the fig tree did? Excellent question.
One issue we sometimes overlook is that the fig tree had no will of its own. Although the tree was subject to the laws of nature under which it was created, it had no will apart from God. Unlike the tree’s nature, it is the will of our own that remains subject to sin.
Scripture gives us the reason that the will of our own can subject us to sin. It lies in Romans 8:3:
For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice.
…Did we catch that little part there at the end? God deprived sin of its power over ALL who ACCEPT the SACRIFICE? That is the issue at stake.
You may be thinking, “Well, I have already accepted the sacrifice because I’m a Christian so why am I struggling with this or that sin?” That is just the point: IF we are sinning, then that is evidence necessarily that we have NOT ACCEPTED the sacrifice.
Read Romans 8:3 Amplified again. And again.
The verse tells us basically that when we have fully accepted the sacrifice, God deprives sin of its power over us. Many believers around the world already attest to its truth. Just because we may not have experienced it yet doesn’t mean that we can’t.
Unless we don’t want to.
The only thing that will keep us from allowing God to deprive sin of its power over us is our unbelief in what God says in Romans 8:3.
Could our unbelief be the will of our own? Excellent question.
And as He saw one single leafy fig tree above the roadside, He went to it but He found nothing but leaves on it [seeing that in the fig tree the fruit appears at the same time as the leaves]. And He said to it, Never again shall fruit grow on you! And the fig tree withered up at once.
Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified);
For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.
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.
But if [that same soil] persistently bears thorns and thistles, it is considered worthless and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.