Roman 6: 1-7, How to win over sin?
In this section, Paul spoke about the spiritual struggle of a Christian. The spiritual war between the flesh and the spirit. Paul gave us three keys to win over over sin. 1. Do not go back to the old life of sin. 2. Walk in the Spirit by the resurrection power of Christ. 3. Live in freedom from sin.
VV 1-3, 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death
1). Do not go back to the old life of sin.
Paul continued his diatribe with his imaginary opponent. He asked questions and answered them. In Romans, Paul asked 63 questions. Shall we continue to sin? Don’t. There is a spiritual struggle between the flesh and the Spirit. Galatians 5:17, ”For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other,”. The spiritual struggle is real but do not throw in the towel yet.
Do not go on sinning because of grace. Grace is not a license to sin. Before salvation, your default way of life is sin. After salvation, your default way of life is grace. Romans 6:12, ”Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts”. Do not let sin control your life
VV 4-5, 4, therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised 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 united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,
2). Walk in the Spirit by the resurrection power of Christ. Live the new life based on the new relationship with God. Paul points you back to baptism. In baptism, you identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. When Jesus rose from death, He gave you His resurrection power to walk in the Spirit. He is the author and finisher of your faith. Justification is a living relationship with the living God.
2 Cor 5: 17, ”Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”.
1 John 3:9, ”Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God”.
VV 6-7, 6 knowing this, that 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. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.
3). Live in freedom from sin. The Greek word for ”done away” is ”katargeo”, which means to render powerless. Sin has been rendered powerless. Sin has no power to control you. You are not a slave to sin. Your new master is Christ who operates by grace and righteousness.
Heavenly Father, we claim the promise that it is by grace that we have been saved through faith and not by work. Help us to win over the spiritual struggle by the resurrection power of Christ, in Jesus’ name, Amen.