In View Of Who He Is “In Christ”, How Should A Christian Lives In This World?
In the first 4 chapters of Romans, the Apostle Paul wrote about the Total Depravity of Man. All have sinned – Both the Jews and the Gentiles. Man cannot “Justify” themselves … not by “Work” nor by keeping the “Law”. Because of the Sinful Nature that they have inherited from Adam, Man is incapable of keeping the “Law”.
Then the Apostle Paul goes on to show that “Justification” is by Grace alone. Rom 5:1,2 “therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
In Romans Chapter 5, the Apostle Paul listed down the change of “State” when a person puts his faith in the Redemptive Work of Christ on the Cross. In my last posting, I have mentioned this –
He is Justified
He has Peace with God
He has access into this Grace
He is save from wrath
He is reconciled to God
He is made righteous
He has eternal life …… This is our “Standing”, “Position”, “State” before God as Christian.
In Romans Chapter 5, Paul established our “Standing” before God on the basis of the Redemptive Work of Christ on the Cross.
From Romans Chapter 6 onward, the Apostle Paul wrote about, “How as Christians, he “Should” & “Should Not” live in the light of his new found “Standing” in Christ.”
How Should A Christian live?
1. He should not continue to live in sin because “we have died to sin”.
Rom 6: 1,2
“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?”
Paul said that “we have died to sin”. When did this happen? When did we died to sin?
Paul used Baptism, to illustrate how “we have died to sin”.
“Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ 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”.
“Sin” is dead in a believer’s life. The sinful nature no longer reside in a believer’s life to control him. Not only does a believer “died to sin” but he is resurrected 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”.
As believers, we should be living the Resurrected Life! A Life of Victory over Sin.
2. He should not continue to live in sin because “the Old Man is crucified with Christ”.
Paul used Crucifixion to illustrate that “we have died to sin”.
“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 to sin”.
When we are crucified with Christ, the “Adam Nature” is also crucified with Him. The Sinful Nature that held us slaves to sin, that held us bondage to sin is dead (crucified). Therefore we should no longer be slaves to sin. We should no longer be under the Power of Sin. Vs 7 “Now, he who has died has been freed from sin”.
3. He should not continue to live in sin because now he should “live unto God”.
Rom 6: 10-13
vs 10 “… the life that He lives, He lives to God”
vs 11 ” … reckon yourself to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God”
vs 12 ” … therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body”
Watchman Nee gave a very apt illustration on this verse “reckon yourself dead indeed to sin”. He said that a dead body does not response to any stimulus. You cannot tempt a dead body … it will not response. Reckon yourself dead to sin … don’t obey it in its lusts.
” … but Alive to God”. As Christians, we “reckon ourselves dead to sin” but “Alive to God”. We are to be responsive and sensitive to God. We are to present our members as instruments of righteous to God because we are “alive to God”. But we are not to present our members as instruments of unrighteousness to Sin because we are “Dead to Sin”. (Rom 6:13)
4. He should not continue to sin because he is no longer under the dominion of Sin.
Rom 6: 14
“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under Law but under Grace”.
The Power of Sin does not have a hold on believers. The sinful nature is crucified, dead and buried! As believers, we are “dead” to sin but “alive” to God.
I have from Scripture showed that “The Sinful Nature no longer resides in a Believer’s Body”. The Redemptive Work of Christ have dealt with both the Penalty of Sin and the Power of Sin. As Christian, we can live a life of Total & Complete Victory in Christ.
I know that many Christians still hold on the view that the “Sinful Nature” is present in the believer. I know many are still teaching this. Many are still teaching about “Struggling with the Sinful Nature” – “The Black dog vs White dog”.
My challenge to them is, “Show me from Scripture that the Sinful Nature is not dealt with by the Redemptive Work of Christ on the Cross”. Show me from the strength of Scripture that the Sinful Nature is very much alive in a Christian.
We don’t need to “Struggle”, Victory is already won by Christ!