Romans 6:7. For one who has died has been set free [declared righteous] from sin.
Most of us deal with sin by dealing only with the effects of our sin. What I mean is we sin, feel guilty, confess, pray, cry, try harder, repeat.
Romans 6:7 lets us know that there is more. There is a better way to deal with Sin. The cross. In fact, the cross is the only way that sin can be dealt with that brings any hope.
The one who has died (that’s you Christian), has been declared righteous, justified, from Sin.
I know what you’re thinking, “We know, Paul, we’re righteous, we’re justified, you’ve been talking about it for three chapters now, we get it.”
But Romans 6:7 is a new thought.
We are declared righteous from sin. He’s not talking about the effects of sin. Not the guilt of sin. He’s talking about Sin itself. The power. The force that’s out to get you and destroy you.
Yes, the blood of Christ has justified you from the guilt of sin. Now all of your sins are forgiven and there is no condemnation (chapter 3).
But now Paul is saying even more about God’s grace. You are justified from sin itself. How? By your death with Christ. The old self died.
CHRIST’S DEATH FOR YOU JUSTIFIED YOU FROM THE PENALTY OF SIN, AND YOUR DEATH WITH CHRIST JUSTIFIED YOU FROM THE POWER OF SIN.
This is an even greater truth. An even greater grace. It is the reason you can live forever in holiness with God. Justified from the guilt of sin does not alone purify you for Heaven. You must also be justified from the power of sin too. You have to have the hope of the eradication of all sin from your life. Only your death will accomplish this. And it has, praise God!
This does not in any way bring with it sinless perfection today. We still sin in the flesh. We still experience sin all day, every day.
Declared righteous from sin is a reality beyond our experience. Our daily experience of sinning does not change our relationship to Sin. It still has no power over us. It never, ever sticks to our record. It never condemns us or changes our status as saints in Christ. If it did, then the cross of Christ would not be enough.
The truth is, your daily experience of sin, and the sorrow it produces (hopefully) should remind you of your new reality in Christ. Your daily sin should not produce condemnation, but longing. Longing for the resurrection.
Romans 5:8. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
“To live is Christ” is to separate your experience from your identity. You are not what you do (sinning). You are what God says you are (set free from sin).
Do you see yourself as free from sin in spite of your daily experience? How does your union with Christ allow you to see yourself as set free from sin?