Is Sin A Choice

According to these verses, where is Choice in relation to sin?

If we despise the commandment of the Lord, sin is at the door, but we are no longer under the law, the Law was fulfilled by Jesus Christ, the only person who ever did or could fulfill the law, that is why he has become our Savior, and the Righteous the fulfillment of the law has been written on our hearts. We have become the Righteousness of God through Christ.

Rom 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Rom 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, (BUT SIN THAT DWELLETH IN ME).
Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, (BUT SIN THAT DWELLETH IN ME).

Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of (SIN WHICH IS IN MY MEMBERS).

Paul is saying that sin dwells in our members (Flesh), that then denotes a sin nature, a nature prone to sin.
Paul tells us
Rom 7:14
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

Rom 8:3,4
3) For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of (SINFULL FLESH), and for sin, (CONDEMNED SIN IN THE FLESH):
4) That the righteousness of the (LAW MIGHT BE FULFILLED IN US), (WHO WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH, BUT AFTER THE SPIRIT).

We then find two words very prominent in relation to SIN, those words are (SERVANT)(s) & (BONDAGE)
They both have the same definition.
G1401
doo’-los
a slave (literally or figuratively, involuntarily or voluntarily; frequently therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency): – bond (-man), servant.

G1402
doo-lo’-o
to enslave (literally or figuratively): – bring into (be under) bondage, X given, become (make) servant.

G1210
deh’-o
A primary verb; to bind (in various applications, literally or figuratively): – bind, be in bonds, knit, tie, wind.

Jesus says:
Joh 8:34
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin (IS THE SERVANT OF SIN).

Then Paul says:
Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves (SERVANTS) to obey, his (SERVANTS) ye are to whom ye obey; whether (OF SIN INTO DEATH), or (OF OBEDIANCE UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS)?
Rom 6:17 But God be thanked, that (YE WERE THE SERVANTS OF SIN), but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, (YE “BECAME” THE SERVANTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS).
Rom 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members (SERVANTS TO UNCLEANNESS) and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members (SERVANTS TO RIGHTEOUSNESS) unto holiness.
Rom 6:20 For when (YE WERE THE SREVANTS OF SIN), ye were free from righteousness.

Rom 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and (BECOME SERVANTS TO GOD), ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Where then is this notion of FREE WILL that we pride ourselves of having?
We see from scripture, that from the fall of Adam, mankind has had a sin nature, that mankind has been the (THE SLAVES, IN BONDAGE, AS SERVANTS) of sin.
Slaves do not possess a Free Will to self determination, the ability to choose, but Jesus said.

Joh 8:36
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

The word (indeed) denotes an emphatic in our freedom acquired through Jesus Christ, a freedom from sin that makes us truly free from sin.
But don’t take this freedom from sin, as an obtaining a free will through Jesus Christ to choose to sin or not.

Jesus said
Mat 6:24
(NO MAN CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS): for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. (YE CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMON).

Then Paul says
Rom 6:16
Know ye not, that (TO WHOM YE YIELD YOURSELVES SERVANTSTO OBEY), (HIS SERVANTS YE ARE TO WHOME YE OBEY); whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

So in closing, what we see is, the only time a person does actually possess this attribute we call (FREE WILL) is when God by His Grace places life and death in front of us in the person of Jesus Christ, allowing us to make the choice of just whose Servant we will be, God offers the Gift of life through Jesus, but we are given the right to reject it.
By accepting Jesus, we become the Servants of Righteousness unto Holiness, by our rejecting Jesus, we revert back to being the Servant of Sin unto death.
We do not possess a free will, the term (FREE WILL), does not appear in the Bible, Old or New Testament There is no free will to sin, or not to sin.
We only have the Free Will, either to accept Jesus, or Reject Jesus.
If we are not the children of God, we are the children of the devil.

1Jn 3:8
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

1Jn 3:10
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

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  1. Anthony Clinton says:

    I would suggest your concept of free will might be severely flawed in the light of this verse.
    Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

    The freedom of Choice to overcome is required right here to escape being blotted out of the Book of life. We though being Children are not programmed to have no free choice. When Jesus gave the condition in John 15 required the apostles to abide he also warned them of the consequences of choosing not to abide in Him. That would be to dry up and be broken off from Christ.

    • lookinforacity says:

      Hi Anthony

      You say my concept of Free Will is severely flawed.

      Lets do it this way then.
      Take just these two scripture verses, where within them, does the concept of Free Will reside?

      Rom 6:17,18
      17) But God be thanked, that (YE WERE THE SERVANTS OF SIN), but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
      18) Being then made free from sin, (YE “BECAME” THE SERVANTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS).

      1) Do you accept the Strong’s Definition for the word (Servant = Slave)?
      2) Does a (Servant = Slave) possess a Free Will?
      3) Do we assume Man possesses a Free Will, on the grounds, God Created him with one?
      4) Do non-Christians possess this same Free Will?
      5) Does the Bible teach the Doctrine of Free Will, or is this concept always only inferred?
      6) Does God light our path before Salvation, the same as He does after Salvation?

      Be Blessed
      JIM

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