Dead to Sin

What shall we say then?  Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

Romans 6:1-3

Verse one of this passage asks the question “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”  After we are saved by the Lord Jesus, should we keep sinning?  Of course, the answer is no.  We shouldn’t keep sinning.  In fact, we should try to avoid sinning.  We should run away from it as fast as possible.

Verses 2 and 3 carry the idea a little farther.  Both of them give us the idea that we are “dead to sin.”  The unsaved person is lost in his sin.  He has nothing but sin in his life.  But when a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Saviour, they are now “dead to sin” and alive to righteousness.   Now that person doesn’t have to sin.  They are freed from sin.  They are no more slaves to sin.

We are no longer dead to sin, but we are now alive in Jesus Christ.  Our lives are hid in Him.  Our lives should no longer be about us and what we want, but about Him and what He wants.  We should no longer serve sin, but serve the Saviour.  As it says elsewhere in the Scriptures, we should reckon ourselves dead to sin.

Being dead to sin will help us to avoid sin.  We don’t have to worry about sin if we will truly understand that we (along with our pride and sinful desires) are dead.  It is Christ Who is alive in us and through us.  Are we living like we are dead to sin or are we still serving our flesh?

 

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