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Romans 6:2 We who died to sin…

The real answer to why not continue in sin

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

Romans 6:1-2

Paul’s answer is astounding. We generally think of reasons why not to sin; sin offends God, sin hurts you, sin separates you from being in a right fellowship with God, and so on. These are all true of course but the reason Paul gives for not continuing in sin is different.

The truth of Romans 6 is life changing for the believer. It teaches the real power over sin! This is not just good theological truth, this is so practical your life is changed by the amazing working of the Holy Spirit from within.

Unfortunately many believers limit the changed Christian life to mere morality. Becoming moral people is good but the truth is, God wants us to become spiritual people, not just moral individuals. The spiritual is what only God can do from within.

We need to realize the battle that goes on in the believer…

For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

Galatians 5:17

Synonyms for ‘the flesh’

But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sin is dead…. for sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, deceived me, and through it killed me.

Romans 7:8, 11

 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wishes to do good.

Romans 7:21

Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?

Romans 7:24

knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin;

Romans 6:6

Understanding our death to sin

Let’s quote the verse again…

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

Romans 6:1-2

Paul’s statement here is, we died to the flesh, the sin nature, the body of sin, the body of this death, aka [the] sin. In the English language we don’t see the definite article before sin making it the sin.

Please note, the sin did not die. We died to it. The sin is alive and ready to go at any moment.

How did this happen? Christ died to it!

For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned [the] sin in the flesh,

Romans 8:3

This is a powerful grace truth to count on! Christ condemned the instigator or the causer of sin in my life. In other words, Jesus (by dying to the flesh) rendered it inoperative or removed its power as sole dictator.

He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

Romans 6:10

We have died with Christ. We have been united with Him in his death, burial, and resurrection. Therefore, what is true of Christ, is true of every believer.

knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin;

Romans 6:6

Our old self refers to the person we were identified as in Adam. When that person died (at the moment of salvation), he was freed from the sin nature’s right to rule…

for he who has died is freed from [the] sin.

Romans 6:7

In our death with Christ, the body of sin was ‘done away with’…

knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin;

Romans 6:6

Done away with means rendered powerless, or destroyed of power. The flesh no longer has the sole right to rule. Christ did this so that we should no longer be slaves to sin;

Therefore, why do we sin? Because we allow the flesh to rule. In other words, because we present ourselves to the flesh and it takes over and controls us to make us do the things we regret. Things that are contrary to what God wants us to do.

In light of the fact that Christ has set you free from the sin nature’s right to rule….

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts,

Romans 6:12

In fact, we not only died to the flesh, we were joined to Christ and therefore we should count ourselves (by faith) to be dead indeed to [the] sin…

Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 6:11

In Conclusion

This is one of the most pragmatic truths for the Christian to count on. This counting or reckoning (based on Christ’s death to the flesh and my union to Him) gives true, experiential freedom from the sinful nature’s right to rule in my life. We no longer have to live as slaves to sin! Christ has done everything necessary for you to live a life of freedom from sin but it’s up to us to walk by faith counting on this truth to experience freedom from sin when the flesh comes barking its orders.

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