Dead to Sin
- Date: April 24, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2Corinthians 5:17)
- From Put On Christ
Romans 3 through 8 are just fabulous. If you want to go live there for a few days while we're going through this study, it will be a blessing to you. But Romans 6, verses 2 through 6-primarily 2 and 6-he answers that stupid question that people always ask when you try to teach on grace. "Well, you know, should we just be free to go out and sin? Should we sin that grace might abound? The more I sin, it will show that grace is really real, because God will love me, anyway." And Paul says, "Hey, stupid." He didn't exactly say it that way, but he said, "God forbid."
"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?" He gives an answer to that. You know, people that get all frustrated and concerned, "You know, what will happen if we teach grace to this extent? Are they going to go out there and take license for this? What shall we say?" Here's Paul's answer: "Shall we sin, that grace may abound? No! God forbid!" Okay, that answers that question. And then he says, "Do you understand what happens internally in a man that's really redeemed, a man that's truly been born again? We know that when you're truly born again, what happens? "Old things are passed away and all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
"God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" He's saying you can't do it. He's saying you can not be saved and take all those liberties. He's saying that the redeemed man cannot live any longer therein, old things have passed away. Amen? It's gone. I don't delight in those things. "But you know, Pastor, every once in a while I still do them." I'm not talking about that! I'm talking about delighting in it. I'm talking about living in it. I'm talking about enjoying it.
I want to tell you something. Before I was born again, I didn't wake up in the morning and go, "Man, I hope I don't do something righteous, today. What if somehow righteousness comes on me, today?" Back then, I was free from righteousness. And I didn't worry about it. And you know what? We're free from sin, praise God! Back then, I enjoyed what I was doing. And today, I enjoy my righteousness. We'll look at as Paul goes on here. It's just a phenomenal truth that more of us need to grab ahold of.
How should we that are dead to sin live habitually in it any longer? How should we that are dead to sin, live in sin, commit sin and enjoy it? How shall we that are dead to sin, sin and justify it? How shall we that are dead to sin justify it in those around us? "Don't you know, [verse 3] that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be [made ineffectual, be put out of operation, be made unprofitable-] that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not [be habitually slaves to that] sin." It's not who we are.