Dead to Sin
Am Not A Sinner Saved By Grace!
I went to the dentist the other day
to get a tooth filled. As the dentist and I were talking about spiritual
matters, he made the statement,
you know, we all sin every day." How many times have you heard
someone make that statement? The dentist was exhibiting a sin consciousness that is unfortunately much too common among
believers today. He was not
letting fall out of his mouth what we read in, (Romans 5.17) For if, by the
trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's
abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life
through the one man, Jesus Christ.
Although, he would tell you he
agreed that all Christians were righteous because of Jesus Christ. But
then in the next breath, he would tell you he was a sinner saved by grace. Can
we be a sinner and righteous at the same time? Is this what the Bible
The writer of Hebrews describes the
difference between the old covenant and the new covenant.
Simply put -
Old covenant worshipers had
a consciousness of sin, because their need for CONTINUAL sacrifice was a
reminder of it. Forgiveness had not come.
New covenant worshipers need not have a consciousness of sin, because
the body of Jesus was offered as a sacrifice, ONCE for all. (see Hebrews 10:1-18) In other words, because Jesus died on the cross, it no longer is necessary to have a
consciousness of sin!
You might think this a minor point
in the Christian walk but I can assure you that this is what Jesus called the
Good News! Start thinking about yourself as righteous. Consider the
fact that you are in right standing with your God. Think about how all your past, present
and future sin is under the blood and is no more. Beloved, this truth
will set you free.
Only Forgiven Of Sin, We Are Dead To It
"He Himself bore our sins in
His body on the tree that we
to sin and live to righteousness." (1 Peter 2:24) Notice the word "die" in the
above verse. We are not only forgiven of sin, we are dead to it!
Jesus died that we might EXPERIENCE
glorious death to sin!
But you say, "I still
sin!" If you really
believe this, then you do not believe what the Bible says about how God looks
at you. Now this is not saying that Christ died so that you MIGHT not sin
and maybe live unto righteousness. No. It is saying that you
are dead to sin and you are righteous. If it is not
saying this, then it is up to "who" to stop you from sinning,
you? Did Jesus really die to
give you the power to stop sinning. How is it going? Are you
sinning less and less or have you stopped completely? If you are able to
stop sinning 99.9% the day before you die, how much sin will your Lord allow
into heaven? Beloved, it is an all or none thing with God.
We are to think of ourselves as
being dead to sin, "So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and
alive to God in Christ Jesus." (Romans 6:11)
what does this mean?
Jesus, in His great teaching to the
Jews, stated that those who are lost are slaves to sin. Those who are
sons, are free from sin. (see John 8:31-36) "So if the Son makes you
free, you will be free indeed." (verse 36) Free from what? Free from
The reason you have so much trouble
with sin is that you refuse to believe that Jesus did it all. You look at
your behavior not the finished work of the One who paid it all. If God
said you are dead to sin then act like it. Talk like it.
This "Free" feeling we all
have felt is not just a good feeling we get know that we are forgiven, but it
is a feeling that
we will always be
to sin. Free from sin.
Could these words be any more
descriptive? Can there be any question about what they mean? In
John 15:1-11, Jesus talks about God's union with man and the fruit that results
from it. Christ is the Vine; we are the branches. "You are
already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you." (verse
3) We are righteous branches extending from a holy tree! Did you
see that? What make us clean? Right! The spoken word.
But even the spoken word by Jesus himself can not cleans is we will not believe
In Matthew 7, Jesus does not mince
words. He says it straight out, "Every sound tree bears good fruit,
but the bad tree bears evil fruit. A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can
a bad tree bear good fruit." (verses 17,18) As branches on a holy
tree, we simply can't bear evil fruit. We can't! If you are
in Christ then you are a good tree. I know you sometimes think of
yourself as a bad tree, but you are not. To say you are a bad tree is to
say that Jesus death was not enough for you. Beloved, to think of yourself as a bad tree is falling from
the power of grace. Falling from the grace that not only saves you but
confirms this truth
"Does a spring pour forth from
the same opening fresh water and brackish? Can a fig tree, my brethren
yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield
fresh." (James 3:11,12) You are either complete or you are
not. You are either saved or you are not. To mix law and grace only
confuses your walk of freedom.
"Death" is an easily
understood word. It has a very clear meaning. Anything dead has
been deprived of life. Death is the cessation of life.
Paul talks about the effects of
death when he explains a widow's obligation to her deceased husband, (Romans
7:2,3) "Thus a married woman is bound by law to her husband as long as he
lives; but if her husband dies she is discharged from the law concerning the
husband. Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with
another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies she is
free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an
This miss understood passage from
Romans 7 is not talking about divorce and remarriage but Paul is making an
analogy of freedom from the law, which once bound us, to that of a marriage
contract. When the one mate
dies, the living mate is free from the law. It is no more. They are
There is NONE whatsoever! She may have memories of her
husband. She may even suffer from the effects of their marriage.
But the husband has died, and her obligation to him has ceased.
Death is cessation. Beloved, you
are the living mate! Your old husband, the law of sin and death is no
Just don't go walking around saying,
" I'm dead, I'm dead!" This will profit you little. If
you really are dead to the law that once bound you, then you will stop trying
to obey it. (Romans 6.14) 14
sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace?
Of course not!
We are dead to sin. That means
we have ceased from sin. And to make this truth even more glorious, Paul
uses the word "also" in Romans 6:11.
We are as dead to sin as Christ Jesus! Ask yourself this
question, "Can a dead man sin?" Well, can he?
"Ceased" is another easily
understood word. It means stopped. Quit. And just so there
can be no misunderstanding, Peter explains the word's meaning,
"Since therefore Christ
suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same thought, for whoever has
suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the
time in the flesh no longer by human passions but by the will of God." (1
Peter 4:1,2) I think this has a two-fold meaning. 1) Christ did suffer in the flesh and
he did die. 2) We will suffer too in our flesh until we finally let our
flesh die and realize that we too are just as dead to sin as Jesus.
"to live for the rest of the time in
the flesh no longer by human passions."
finally, we have the word "not".
When used with a group of words, it
makes them negative. Consider the following, "But you are
not in the flesh, you are in the
Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Any one who does not
have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him." (Romans 8:9)
So, what is it? Are you in the
flesh or are you in the spirit? God says you are in the Spirit. Nowhere, does it say that sometimes you in the spirit and
sometimes you are not. To come to understand and believe this is where
the real power of the gospel takes hold of you. This is when you will see
real power in your life, and not until.
We are NOT in the flesh. And
this wonderful reality is based solely on one factor --- the presence of God's
Spirit within us! Dead to sin. Ceased from sin. Not in the
flesh. Can these statements of truth be any clearer?
"... whatever does not
proceed from faith is sin." (Romans 14:23)
Faith is that wonderful God-given
ability to look past appearances and see the eternal reality. In other
words, we believe God's truths even when circumstances offer "proof"
to the contrary.
As we review history, we see example
after example of this.
Abraham believed he would be the
father of many nations.
David believed he would slay the
Jesus believed that Lazarus was only
same great faith that resided in them resides in us also. So
we view our flesh through the eyes of faith. We don't accept the deluded
mind state described by Paul in Romans 7:14-24. Instead, we accept his
description of our true condition in Romans 8:9-11. Yes, truly, we are not in the flesh.
We are in the Spirit!
I asked a person once, "Are you
righteous?" to which, they replied, "Yes, I am, through
Jesusâ€¦" Just then a friend of mine who had been listening to us,
interjected something rather interesting. He said to my friend,
"When I heard you say, "Yes, I am, through Jesus." I think you
mean you believe that Jesus sees you this way but you do not see yourself that
way? What an observation!
Many of us believe what God says
about us but we really don't see ourselves as God sees us. Until we
really believe who God says we are we are destine to walk in defeat and
We are to live each day believing
this truth. If we do or say
something that touches our conscience, we talk to God about it. We
certainly don't try to hide or deny anything. We then leave it with Him,
knowing that the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, has already cleansed us from
all sin. I have learned a wonderful secret of the kingdom of God and that is, to thank God for what
he has DONE not to ask him to forgive that which he has already forgiven, all
my sin. If we've offended
another, we do what we can to make it better. All the while, we reaffirm
what we know to be true! "I am not in the flesh. I am in the
Spirit." Simply put, we keep believing. Believing the truth,
even when appearances scream at us to the contrary.
Over time, as we hold fast to our
belief, we see the truth of our death to sin sprout and grow. And then
one day we find that it has grown into a glorious harvest of fulfilled
promise. And we praise God, who lives through us and as us on planet
"He who has ears to hear, let