As Christians, we not only have a new life, but we also have been freed from the bondage of sin. Jesus’ death made it possible for us to befree from sin’s control. It’s through Jesus that God sees us now. In this way, we are “in” Jesus Christ. We were also in Him when He was crucified. Therefore, when we accepted Him as our Lord, we were liberated from oursinful nature. We are now dead to sin and able to enjoy the benefits of our new life in Christ Jesus.
Rom. 6:1-3“What shall we say then? Shall we continuein sin, that grace may abound? God forbid.How shall we, that are dead to sin, live anylonger therein? Know ye not, that so many ofus as were baptized into Jesus Christ werebaptized into his death?”
We were all born into this world as sinners because of what Adam did The only way out of our sin dilemma was through death. “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:15). Now God deals with us through Jesus; God Himself has placed us in Jesus. “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30).
And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, paid tithes in Abraham” Heb. 7:9 All of Israel and Levi were in Abraham (through his seed) at this time. In this context, whatever Abraham did, Israel and Levi did also. Likewise, in a similar manner, we were in Christ when He died. Therefore, what He did, we have done.
The “die-to-self” theology: The phrase “die-to-self” is not in the Bible! This theology describes the notion that we are dirty, sinful people who must rid ourselves of sin little by little. However, we were crucified with Him. God never requires us to crucify ourselves. We have put off the old sinful nature (our old self). “Lie not one another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds”(Col. 3:9). Many Christians say they gave their life to Christ; however, we didn’t really have a life to ve. Instead, Jesus gave us His life. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).
Many Christians don’t understand what the phrase,“we are dead to sin” means. We have been deliveredfrom the bondage (or the prison) of sin (Rom. 6:6, 7) We no longer have to sin (or be involuntarily enslaved by sin). However, we can sin if we want to. We must reckon (give an absolute accounting of) the fact that we are dead to sin. This truth must be real to us through our faith. “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:11). Faith is the substantiation of a past event; it’s appropriating what has been made available to us by His grace.
Why die (in Christ)? We die to the Law of Moses so we can live a new way (Gal. 2:19, Col. 2:20). As born-again people, we have died to the power of sin so we can have a free choice (Rom. 6:2-12). We also died to be made new and to have joint seating with Jesus Christ in the heavenly sphere. We have access to Heaven through Jesus (Eph. 2:5, 6, AMP).
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