Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin; but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and our members as instruments of righteousness unto God – Romans 6:12-13.
Melanoma is a skin tumor derived from cells capable of melanin formation which is a blackish pigment found in skin, hair, etc. Left unattended it will spread, just like sin when its left unattended.
Sin is like cancer, it spreads and destroys our lives. Because of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, sin can’t snatch away our eternal life with God. But it can subvert our effectiveness for the kingdom, ruin relationships, turn us into bitter, angry, depressed people. The good news is those who have been born-again God has established a means for replacing the sin in our lives with the virtues of Jesus Christ. The Biblical definition for sanctification is two-fold, in one sense, sanctification refers to the reality that we have been set apart for God’s possession, our bodies are presented to Him as a living sacrifice. In another sense, sanctification refers to the process of becoming holy and pure, reflecting the character of our Father, this is when the Fruit of the Spirit is being manifested in and through us.
The gift of sanctification is the moment we experience the new birth through Jesus Christ, we are purified from our sins by His blood (Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost – Titus 3:5). The rebirth and washing set us apart from sin and set us apart for a relationship with the Father who is pure and holy. When one has experienced the rebirth, he or she has no more desire to practice sin because the sin nature has been removed from their hearts.
Everyone who professes to serve God no matter what denomination they are a part of, God has called them to holiness. From the beginning of time, God has called His people to be holy (For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy, for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth – Leviticus 11:44). Creeping things can consist of men and women influences to be sexual gratification without marriage. Creepy things can be those who will influence you in sinning against God no matter what form it may come in. Christians have been admonished to present their bodies as a living sacrifice(I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service – Romans 12:1).
Some Christians think holiness was just for the Old Testament believer, but holiness is for New Testament believers (But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation [conduct]. Because it written, BE YE HOLY; FOR I AM HOLY – 1st Peter 1:15-16). It is God’s will that you be sanctified (For this is the will of God even your sanctification that ye should abstain from fornication: that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor – 1st Thessalonians 4:3-4). Paul wanted the Thessalonians to know that because they now belonged to God, they had a calling to become like Him, namely, holy.
Because we are surrounded with sin through the media, television, non-believers God has empowered those who have been experience the new birth to resist the influence through the power of the Holy Spirit that lives within their being. Because we’re in Christ their irresistible pull has been broken, we don’t have to yield to temptation. Temptation will come, but God has empowered every believer that yields themselves to the Word of God the power to resist.
When the Holy Spirit enters our being He implants within us the desire to be like God in His holiness. Then He empowers us to defeat sin and put on the virtues of Christ. Sanctification becomes then, a divine-human partnership, a cooperative effort that flows out of our relationship with Jesus. The Holy Spirit helps us to no longer have actions our old nature had us doing such as sexual immorality, greed, anger, lying, cheating, hatred. The Holy Spirit within us continually helps us to do what is righteous and seek after the things that will help us grow spiritually.
Sin has no power over Christians unless they submit to it and continue to allow it to dominate them. We all have sinned and can be tempted, but we don’t continue to practice sin, we don’t allow it to be a part of our being.