I Have Chosen You

Chosen to Be Free from Sin

As Christians, God has chosen us “to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound” (Isa. 61:1). That is our goal.

“I have chosen you.” These are Christ’s very words. And we need to decide right now if we believe these words. If we do not believe them, then, like in The Matrix, we can go back to the inevitable, heart-sickening drone of our old lives, never to sniff the sweet air of freedom…

Somebody just squeaked up in back. “I am already free,” they say quite indignantly.

Really? Free? Everybody quotes John 8:32: “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” But very few know what the “truth” is or how it frees you. Everybody seems to have their own “truth” and their own definition of “free.” So, I must ask: Free from what exactly? What was Christ talking about here?

He answers our questions two verses later. “Whosoever commits sin is the slave of sin” (8:34). [Sin is breaking the Ten Commandment law [1 John 3:4]. He who sins is the slave; he is the one who is not free. He is the one who obeys the old sinful nature’s commands.

The truth that makes us free from sin  

Christ is talking about being made free from sin and sinning. Sin is the slave master of him who sins. And, “No man can serve two masters…” (Matt. 6:24).  It is the truth that shall make them free.

So, what is the truth that frees someone from sinning? Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). He is the Truth, the Deliverer and Savior, and He has provided the way to put an end to sin in a person’s life, thereby making them free. That is good information. But how does Christ make us free from sin?

Through either ignorant or uninformed preachers and pastors, the church has foolishly perverted the truth that will deliver the sinner.  Preachers proclaim that they “sin every day”! They say, “I am a sinner saved by grace.” And, sure enough, they continue sinning. Worse yet, they teach their congregations that they will always sin. According to Christ’s words, which they claim to go by every word, they are telling them that they will always be in bondage to sin, that they will always be a slave.

Pastors need to teach their flocks this truth

Here is the truth that “makes us free,” written down for us by our apostle Paul: “For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been freed from sin (Romans 6:6-7  NIV).

When Christ died, our old self died! When He was buried, our old self was buried. And when He was raised from the dead, so were we. And Christ gave us a new heart, a heart that is free. We are freed from sin and sinning, folks! It is already done; we just need to believe it! This truth will transform your life. It will slay the old dragon Sin and place Christ seated on the throne of your heart. This is the truth that Christ was talking about, the truth that makes us free! “Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him” (v. 8).

The Missing Ingredient

What is the missing ingredient that makes all this happen? It is faith. Belief. Believing without concrete visible evidence. It is believing His word when He says that our old sinful life is dead and gone. Our belief starts when we reckon it so. We must reckon our old spiritual nature dead. This is not a natural death of the earthly body. “Reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:11).

To complete our initial spiritual transformation, we count (reckon) ourselves to be “buried with him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who has raised Him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12). HalleluYah!

This is the truth! But they will not believe this truth that frees them from sin and sinning. They do not believe that anyone can do what Christ and his apostles say we can do! They don’t understand that it is the Spirit of Christ that lives within us now. We could not walk a righteous life before. Now it is Christ who lives within us. This is repentance from sin, the first of the seven doctrines of Christ and His apostles. [Order my book The Apostles’ Doctrine, free with free shipping. You need it. It gives much more information. Info here: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/donate ].

Oh, that the pastors and preachers all over the world could get this message! Then they could free the precious members of their congregations, who are slaves and don’t even know it.

But a few will respond. Would you help me get this message out to a preacher or pastor or someone hungering for the truth—truth that will make them free from sin? You can share this article with anyone and everyone on any platform. Let us become the “fishers of men” by casting the truth out into the sea of mankind, thus giving the people a chance at freedom.

I’m talking about freeing the slaves with the truth. The truth is Christ’s life now residing in our hearts. There’s no greater calling than to be used by Christ to free the captives.

“I have chosen you.” He has chosen you to share the truth that will make the people free from sin. And he has “ordained (appointed) you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain” (John 15:16).

What kind of fruit is He talking about? It is the good fruit that we bear after our cross and resurrection experience. (Matthew 7: 18).

I have chosen you and appointed you to bear fruit”

Understanding His message in Romans 6 is believing Him when He declares, “I have chosen you.” His chosen ones are not slaves to sin. They have been made free by knowing the truth of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection in us.

One caveat: The people do not believe they are slaves to sin, and they will fight you all the way. But they are really fighting Christ. So, “do not be dismayed at their faces”.

Kenneth Wayne Hancock

[What do you believe Romans 6 to mean? What are your thoughts about the truth that Christ spoke of? Make a comment, share and hit that like button if you appreciate the content.]

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11 responses to “I Have Chosen You

  1. Reblogged this on ChristianBlessings and commented:

    This is the soul-winning message from Christ’s lips.

  2. Doug Mc Clintock

    1 John 1 : 5 – 10
    CH Spurgeon a noted Baptist preachers of years ago.
    Spurgeon was at a conference when a preacher – taught perfectionism in an unspoken manner and even claimed to have reached a state of sinless perfection himself !
    Spurgeon didn’t challenge him on the spot, instead the next morning he poured a pitcher of milk over the man’s head to which the ” perfectionist ”
    responded with the kind of rage and hostility that you expect from any sinner !
    Perfectionism debunked ! We are all sinners saved from Grace ! A sin is a sin whether it is small or large What about our thoughts ? As Christians we must strive to live a life pleasing to the Lord. John 3 : 16
    Jesus died on the cross for my sins and because I believe that I am saved.

    Wayneman, I wish you well !

    • Thank you for your comment. Please read my comment entitled “Faults are not Sins.” It will explain the difference. I have never said that we are perfect (fully matured, completed). I have many faults that God is helping me repent of. But this is my testimony: “The hand that used to steal, steals no more. My eyes that coveted women and drink and drugs, covets no more. Furthermore, I do not commit adultery nor have any other gods before Him. Those are the ten laws that reveal sin. They are repented of at the cross. And then Christ begins to show us our faults and we grow thereby as we continuing repenting from those faults.

      Doug, there are people proclaiming that losing your patience is a sin, that not coming to church regularly is sinful. They say that shuffling our feet on a sawdust floor is a sin. David danced with utter joy before the Lord.

      I hope that this helps. And by the way, after handing down the Ten Commandments, “He added no more” (Deut. 5:22). kwh

  3. Knowing the difference between sins and faults is the key to understanding this message. Most people think that all of our shortcomings are sins. Sinning is breaking the Ten Commandments (1 John 3:4). Any other shortcoming is a faults.
    An article a while back explains:
    Sins are the fruit of our original sin nature we are born with. A sin is an action that breaks the Ten Commandments. As stated above, when we surrender our old nature to the death on the cross with Christ, our old sin nature dies along with the sin it produced. We become free because “he that is dead is free from sin.” Sin does not control us anymore In God’s eyes we are His sinless little children; He imputes His new righteous nature to us as we reckon it done by faith. Simply amazing faith and power (Rom. 6: 1-12)!

    Delineating the Difference between Sins and Faults

    Through belief in His resurrection, we receive a new nature, a law-abiding one of love. However, many imperfections in our character and make-up remain. God waves no magic wand for us. There is no “Poof!” that instantly transforms us into being perfect Christians.

    We have many habits of thought and actions that are not pleasing to God. Before coming to Christ and His cross, we had our own thoughts that were programmed by the world and its thought-giver, the devil. Our old life was filled with habits of thinking and actions that still exist after our initial repentance from sin. And most of these thoughts and beliefs are in error. These make up the old leaven that must be purged after we come to Christ and are born again.

    We are not talking about theft, adultery, false god worship, murder, stealing, hatred, coveting, etc. These are sins of the old nature that are repented of when we die with Christ on His cross. But after the sins are dead and gone, we still have many faults, shortcomings, trespasses and imperfections to be repented of. Note: If you still hate, steal, commit adultery, covet, then you still have the old nature and need to take it to the cross and surrender it to death.

    The Divine Nature

    The Spirit of Christ in Peter tells us that we are to grow in God in order to produce powerful fruit. We are called unto glory. But first, we are to partake of His “divine nature.” God has promised us “great and precious” things. But before this happens we lack certain aspects of His nature. As we begin walking in His footsteps, we fall short. We now have a new heart, but our lack of maturity in Christ produces trespasses and faults.

    Peter says we need to add aspects of God’s “divine nature” to the faith we now walk in: virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and agape love (translated “charity”). He says that these things operating in us will insure that we will be fruitful in the knowledge of God.
    [Here is the whole article: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/faults-are-not-sins/

  4. Doug Mc Clintock

    Thankyou Wayneman for your input. I hope we are not splitting hairs on this important issue ! We can learn from each other ! As humans we do not know everything but go by what the scriptures say !
    When we accept Jesus into our hearts, we have a new nature into our very living bodies !
    But we still have the old nature
    You can’t serve both masters, starve satan and nourish our Lord Jesus Christ through His Holy Spirit !
    By hearing and reading and showing His Word to others !
    Saved at 22, now 87, I have had 65 years of serving the Lord.
    The die has been cast and I am not too far from the gates of pearly !
    Wayneman, praise the Lord together !

  5. God is not a God of the outward appearance, and true baptism of water went out with John the baptist. He was the forerunner of our Lord who as John the baptist himself said: “ I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Matthew 3:11,12).
    Excellent writing Wayneman. Many Blessings.
    Julia

    • Thanks for your comment. So true. Many things, like water baptism, are a metaphor of things in the invisible spiritual dimension of God. The invisible Spirit says not to look “on the things that are seen” [with our current fleshly material eyes]. These visible things are temporary. The invisible things are “eternal.” When done, God will grant to us new spiritual eyes that we may glimpse the eternal things–like Yahshua sitting on His throne, as seen by so many of the prophets and apostles like Ezekiel, Daniel, John, Paul, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. They breathed in the rarified air of our King’s glorious presence. But we mere mortals rarely speak of these things. Too out there, the blind would say. But, “Who has believed our report?” kwh

      • Doug Mc Clintock

        Better to discuss Christ than the cares of of the world !
        But Wayneman you remind me of a holiness group , , no one could join because they never were good enough
        Is anyone good enough to be in Christ, certainly not on our own merit!
        Only by the renewing of their mind through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior
        If you donor hear the Gospel – the Good News, then what ?
        To many it is foolishness but to those who believe it is a start of a new life in Christ !
        My answers might seem like a drop in the bucket
        But God’s Word is the final answer like
        Romans 7: 14 – 28
        Romans 8, the whole chapter
        And especially 31 and on
        Now I have two masters, God and Satan, I will starve Satan and love God more
        If you say you have no sin in your life. you deceive yourself and the truth is not in you
        Faults like eating too much, if you are a fat Christian, you might not get into Heaven – the doorway is very narrow !,
        Be of good cheer, God has chosen the simple things to confuse the wise
        My handle is Goodtock because I like to choose my words wisely.
        Et tu Brut

      • The “sin question” has been around for 2000 + years. Do Christians sin? Sin is a heart condition. Breaking the 10 Com. is sin. “And he added no more.” Here is proof that sin is breaking the 10 Com. law: Romans 7:7. I had not known sin, but by the law; for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet” (Romans 7:7).

        When Christ died for us, we died with Him. “He that is dead is freed from sin.” We were slaves to sin and sinning, but through spiritual death with our Savior, we are freed from the bondage of having-to-sin. We are “in Him” now. “And in Him there is no sin. We have faults like impatience, etc. but a true Christian has had a spiritual heart transplant.

        Doug, you are a true Christian, but you were never taught these things of Romans 6,7,8. I challenge you. Go down the ten commandments as a check list. Check the ones you did not obey. I’ll bet you did no murder, no lies, no adultery, no idolatry….

        This is not something new.   The true teachers of God will teach true repentance from sin in one’s life and how faith works to give us a new heart and new spirit that pleases God in not sinning against Him.  And this is just the first principles “of the doctrine of Christ” (Hebrews 6: 1-2). 

             This is not a new thing that I write about.  Read it for yourself in Martin Luther’s writings, “The Sermon on three-fold Righteousness [http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/wittenberg/luther/web/3formsrt.html ; in the sermons of John Wesley (  http://wesley.nnu.edu/john_wesley/sermons/040.htm ), founder of the Methodist Church; from Andrew Murray, 19th Century Scottish Missionary and author  http://www.victoryoversin.com/murray/like/lc24.htm ); or in my book The Apostles’ Doctrine [free copies available].

        The “cross experience”–spiritually dying with Christ–is not being taught in many places. Very few will think that this “new wine” is better than the old wine (doctrines). God bless. kwh

      • You have explained beautifully what it is to have faith through the eyes of the spirit! We are never the same when born again and see the spiritual world more vividly than the flesh and blood world we are born into. I have had a few encounters straight from above….But like you say “Who has believed our report”. Gods Grace and Love over you KWH.
        Julia

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