“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? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 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. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 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. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:1-14 NKJV)
Something that has been concerning me is a mantra I hear often in the church, “We’re all sinners.” Biblically, I see Paul calling the believers saints much, much more than he calls them sinners. In fact, he may have only called himself a sinner, and I’m pretty sure he was speaking about his past life before Christ.
This “I’m a sinner” Mantra is dangerous to our minds. We are saints, we are children of God, we are a royal priesthood, a chosen people. This is a beautiful truth that God, in His love, has granted us. Why not embrace our true titles and live accordingly?
So my beloved brethren, do not accept the notion that you are a helpless sinner without self-control. If you have Jesus, the same Spirit that raised Him from the dead lives in you, so you are “more than a conqueror.” As the Romans passage I just shared with you states: sin shall not have dominion over you. That means it won’t have power over you, if indeed you have the Holy Spirit and are following Christ. Obey His Word, and you will do well and be holy.
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