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“Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me!”

July 17, 2013

Stuart TownendOne of my all time favourite hymns is In Christ Alone, penned by the living legends that are Stuart Townend and Keith Getty.

One of the lyrics that jumps out at me is this one:

“And as He stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me.”

I’ve often had people talk to me about this part of the song. ‘If sin’s curse has lost its grip on me, then how come I still sin?’ they ask.

I don’t think that’s what Stuart and Keith were getting at.

Yes we have been justified by faith in Christ Jesus and are being sanctified by the power of the Holy Spirit and as a result sin need not ever take place in our lives, but I don’t really think that’s what the song is addressing.

Banishment-from-the-GardenThe song is talking about sin’s curse

What is the curse of sin?

I believe the bible is quite clear on this one. The curse of sin is death, in other words separation from God – banishment from His presence. We see that this is the outcome of Adam and Eve’s disobedience in Genesis 3:

23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.

As devastating as this outcome was for the human race – bringing all kinds of evil into existence, it literally wrecked the heart of God… but He had a plan.

A plan for salvation that had been prepared before the foundation of the earth:

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.

Because Jesus Christ endured the death penalty on our behalf we have been forgiven, that curse of banishment that hung over our heads has been removed.

If you have accepted Jesus as your substitute you have transitioned from being someone who has been banished from God’s presence to being someone who is thoroughly welcome in God’s presence.

I think that’s worth telling people about.

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