“Good news Sir, ……you are completely DEAD”

20 12 2011

Rom 6:1-23 KJV  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  (2)  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?  (3)  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  (4)  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  (5)  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  (6)  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  (7)  For he that is dead is freed from sin.  (8)  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  (9)  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  (10)  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  (11)  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

When we read these verses, we tend to read them as Paul telling us not to sin. But if you look closely, you will grasp that Paul was not giving us a lesson on morality, because morality is for the ‘living’, he was but stating an awesome truth written to the born again believers in Christ.

Paul is pointing out to us a metaphysical impossibility!!!! Paul is not saying that sin SHOULD not have dominion over us but that it CANNOT  have dominion over us, because its power has been destroyed by Jesus. How can this be? Sin does not reign over Jesus, and Jesus is our life – Rom 5:10, 2 Cor 4:11, Col 3:4.

Please read verse 1 again – “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”  Paul asks this rhetorical question not to tell us that we MUST not continue in sin. He does it to tell us we CANNOT sin any longer because we are dead to sin. It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me!! It is no longer ‘I’, it is Christ in me as my life. Now, if ’I’ really do not live, how can ‘I’ sin?

Big difference hey?


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