Sin’s Power Is Broken
1 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;[a] 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.
I love Paul’s rhetorical questions! They really bring about “duh” moments. It makes me think of times when I try to make up excuses so I can ignore something God is asking me to do or to allow myself to continue sinning. When I say these excuses out loud to someone else, it becomes SO clear to me how absolutely silly I am being. Even this blog is a great example: I won’t write it because people might read it! WOW – that’s LAME!
Anyway, Paul addresses one of the dumb excuses people were giving: Doesn’t God look good if I am bad? NO! That is not the case. Jesus died for our sins and through our faith, we mimic that by dying to our old ways and embracing God’s will. If we keep sinning, does that indicate a change in our hearts?
Even more importantly, we become slaves to sin. Once sin gets us, it doesn’t let go. Our personalities change for the worse, our priorities elevate the sinful behavior, we are selfish. But when God is our master, our hearts are light and we love God and we love people. There is tremendous freedom when God is our master and not sin!