Living by Grace

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Another Look at "Dead to Sin"


What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?  Romans 6:1-2


Paul introduces the message of the believer’s union with Christ by stating that believers have died to sin. In Romans 6:11, Paul commands his readers to believe they are dead to sin. Sin refers to the believer’s sin nature of thinking he is wise. 


Romans 6:3 shows that believers are baptized (by the Holy Spirit) into Jesus and His death when they receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. At conversion, a person dies to sin.


In Romans 6:6 Paul says, “…our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.” This verse presents problems. What is “Our old man,” what is “the body of sin” and what do the words “might be done away with” mean?


“Our old man” describes a person before he receives Jesus as Lord and Savior. He is a slave to his sin nature of thinking he is wise. He received this sin nature from Adam at his natural birth.


“The body of sin” can be translated “the body from sin” and should be in this passage. The words “might be done away with” can be translated “might be set free.” They should be so translated in this passage. The verse then says, “Our old man has been crucified that the body might be set free from sin” To be dead to sin is to be set free from sin. Romans 6:7 says, “For he who has died has been freed from sin.”


Our victory over living out of our thinking that we are wise is expressed, then, in two ways. We are dead to sin and we are set free from sin.


To experience our freedom from our sin nature we are to believe that at conversion we died to sin, (we were set free from sin), and we are to choose not to live out of our sin nature of thinking we are wise (Romans 6:11-13a). Then we are free to make ourselves available to God.