Sin’s Power Is Broken
6 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
15 Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! 16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. 17 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. 18 Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.
19 Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.
20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. 21 And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. 22 But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Another incredible chapter of encouragement. Starts out with a fantastic piece of human logic. Since God shows His grace through our sin, let’s sin a lot so we can get a lot more grace. It’s like saying the policeman gave me grace on my speeding ticket by giving a warning. I enjoyed that grace so much, I will keep speeding hoping I will get caught and be given grace again. Nope, bad logic.
Before Jesus and the time of grace, we were slaves to sin. I love that analogy. We can all picture ourselves in shackles, burdened down and not free. Christ’s grace breaks those chains, and Paul says “For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.” This is an interesting statement that i think is often misunderstood. We are set free from the power of sin. I’ve heard people question their salvation because they still sin, how can this be if I’ve been set free from the power of sin? There must be something wrong with me. But it’s not that they are free from sin, but the power of sin. As long as we are alive on this earth, we will be vunerable to temptation and sin, but by God’s grace, Satan has no right or power over that sin. He has no right to accuse you or burden you with guilt. Your sin has been forgiven, yesterday, today and tomorrow.
This doesn’t mean we don’t have a responsibility when we sin, however. It is our job to try and become more like Jesus everyday. God created us for a relationship, and asking forgiveness and trying to do better is a pretty standard part of any relationship, especially our relationship with God. This is part of what Paul meant when he said ” But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life” We have a part to play, even under God’s immense and awesome grace.
God, by your plan you broke the power of sin. Thank you that you made that available to anyone who chooses to take it. Today, show us where we need to confess sin in our own lives, and help us to learn to walk the way you desire. Lord, we love you and thank you for your blessings, thank you for this beautiful day. In Jesus name, amen.
Have a great weekend!!