Sin Made Ineffectual
- Date: May 8, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” (Romans 6:6)
- From Put On Christ
We want to look at Romans 6:2-6. We see that we're dead to sin. "[Why do we sin]…that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" There is no place for sin to be dominant in our lives. But it is still active, because John says, "If [we sin] we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). If we're dead to sin, we no longer live therein. We no longer abide in that habitually. It no longer has dominance in our lives, but it will periodically manifest itself. It says in verses 5-6, "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 destroyed…"
That word "destroyed," of course, we shared in the Greek, really doesn't mean to be annihilated. It would be nice if it did. That is not what it means. It means to be made ineffectual, to be put out of operation, or to be made unprofitable. In other words, it's no long going to win these battles. It's no longer the dominant force in our lives. "For he that is dead [in Christ] is freed from sin." Now he says, listen, verse 9, "Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him." That's that legal position. So Jesus isn't going to have to continue dying any more than you and I have to continue dying if we abide in Him. We recognize the work as finished! We realize that our spirit man has been justified. We realize that all we're dealing with is this residue of sin that is in our members that will periodically manifest itself, and we're striving against that on a daily basis. "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh…" (Galatians 5:17). So the way we're going to win these battles against the flesh is to emphasize who we are in Jesus.
We talked about not getting caught up in battling with the everyday sin, rebuking it every day and concentrating on the sin-we talked about concentrating on who we are in Jesus. But we still have to deal with the periodic manifestation of this sin. And that's done through what's called the law of spiritual living, Chapter 8, in Christ Jesus. It's called sanctification. It's called, "We're the righteousness of God in Christ, but we're not glorified yet." There is still this process of growth that has to manifest itself in our lives.