There is an old hymn that says, "Jesus paid it all", and another one that says, "He paid a debt He did not owe, I owe a debt I could not pay". Jesus paid our sin debt. He paid it in full. We no longer owe it. When you don't owe something, then you don't keep paying it. It is just like a note owed to a creditor. Once it is paid off, you no longer owe it. It would be foolish each month to keep paying for something that is already paid for.
Jesus paid the sin debt that we owed. He paid it in full at the cross-- "it is finish". Nothing else was needed. Nothing was left hanging in the balance. It now has a "zero" balance. Yet, many are still trying to pay this debt. They are trying to pay it through righteous deeds, religious acts, by being good, etc. You can't pay it. You don't have to pay it. It has been paid already. You don't owe the wages that sin demands. Rest in the fact that Jesus took care of it and He didn't stop until it was paid in full.
There is another debt that we keep trying to pay that we no longer owe. It is the debt the flesh demands of us. Our flesh wants us to continue to pay it. But we have been freed from that debt as well. We don't owe our flesh anything. It doesn't rule over us any more- like an evil landlord always demanding more and more payment from us.
Once you have accepted Jesus as Savior and are following Him as Lord, you have been delivered from any "payment" that you owed to your flesh. This means that when your flesh wants to commit an immoral act, tell a lie, be selfish, be gluttonous, throw a temper, get intoxicated on some substance, hold a grudge, and so on--- you don't have to do it. You don't have to "pay" it. You don't have to give in. You are not in debt to it-- that means you owe it nothing!
If a creditor that you had paid off keeps coming to collect a payment, you would stand up to him and state your case as to why you don't owe it. You would give them proof of the paid account. You would continually stay on the phone with them until you got the matter settled. Ok, then, when your flesh starts demanding, and sin starts demanding, that you owe them, state your case-- Jesus paid it all. Then stand fast in the liberty wherein Christ has made you free. Do what Paul did-- take authority over your flesh and keep it under subjection.
Our debt to sin and to the flesh was taken care of by Jesus. We don't owe it when it comes "knocking at the door" for payment. He who the Son sets free is free indeed.
Have a great day. Stop paying a debt you no longer owe-- to sin or your flesh.
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