“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:12-14)
Though some might conclude that our release from the law gives us freedom to sin, the truth is, it gives us freedom from sin.
“The power of sin is the law.” (1 Corinthians 15:56)
Peace with God
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Justification is being declared innocent. More than that, it is being counted righteous. We obtain this standing by believing in Jesus Christ, who was put to death for our transgression and raised from the dead to make us right with God.
Since we have been justified by such an eternal, complete work, we have peace wih God. We, who spit in His face, rejected Him, and jammed a twisted crown of thorns on His brow have been reconciled to Him. There is no more strife between us. We have peace with God.
- Colossians 1:19-22; “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him.”
Don’t ever let the magnitude of this truth escape you. Don’t pass by it lightly. We have peace with God.
Understand that peace with Him does not simply mean He tolerates us. It does not mean He puts up with us reluctantly. It does not merely mean that He is not against us, it means that He is for us. He favors us. He rejoices over us. He loves us.
- Romans 8:28-39; “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died–more than that, who was raised–who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“From him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
1 Corinthians 8:6; “There is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.”
He is the author of all things. He is the giver of all things. He is the instigator, initiator, originator, mastermind. All things are from God.
When we were gone astray, it was He who sought as out. When we were at enmity with Him, it was He who wanted reconciliation. He is the source of our salvation. He is the one who initiated a relationship with us. It was His idea, His desire, His plan.
- Ephesians 2:1-9; “You were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
- Titus 3:3-7; “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
Through Him—by means of Himself. Our salvation—our reconciliation with Him—was His own work. We had no righteousness of our own, so He provided it.
- 1 Corinthians 1:30-31; “And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.'”
- 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
- 2 Corinthians 5:21; “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
- 1 Peter 3:18; “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.”
- Isaiah 59:16-17; “He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him. He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak.”
- Isaiah 63:5; “I looked, but there was no one to help; I was appalled, but there was no one to uphold; so my own arm brought me salvation, and my wrath upheld me.”
- Psalms 98:1; “Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.”‘
Having wrought salvation for us, our calling is to live unto Him. He brought us to Himself through Jesus Christ so that we could live to Him.
- 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; “The love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”
- Romans 14:7-9 “For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.”
- 1 Peter 4:1-2; “Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, 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 for human passions but for the will of God.”
“Sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”
I’ve heard it said, “The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world that he didn’t exist.” I’m half inclined to say that’s true. But amongst the church, I would say a far greater deceit would be the lie that we have no power, no strength, no ability to stand against the power of sin and the wiles of the devil.
Sin will have no dominion over you
The devil does not want you, Christian, to know the truth about sin. Sin has no dominion over you. You are not a slave to it. You are not obligated in any way to indulge in it. You are free from its reins.
- Romans 6:3-14 “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”
- John 8:34-36 “Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'”
As long as we still consider ourselves weak and powerless against sin, we will remain enslaved and obedient to it. That’s why Satan does not want you to know about your freedom. He does not want you to believe that whom the Son sets free will be free indeed. He knows that if you realize this and walk in your freedom, exercising your right as a child of God to submit yourself to the Lord as an instrument of righteousness, he will have no stronghold over your life.
You are not under law but under grace
1 Corinthians 15:56 says, “The power of sin is the law.” Sin gets it’s strength in the unattainable requirements of the law. Paul says it this way: “If it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, ‘You shall not covet.’ But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me;” Romans 7:7-11.
Satan does not want you to know that you have been freed from the law through faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He wants you to think you are still held hostage by its demands. For if you are still under the law sin is still strong and grace is ineffectual to you.
- Galatians 3:10-14 “For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.’ Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’ But the law is not of faith, rather ‘The one who does them shall live by them.’ Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.”
- Colossians 2:13-15 “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”
Through faith in Jesus Christ we have been freed from the law. He bore our curse to redeem us. Having redeemed us, He gave us the Spirit. He forgave us all trespasses and disarmed all rulers and authorities. We are dead to sin and alive to God.
Satan does not want you to know this.
Satan wants you to think you’re weak. Satan wants you to think the legal demands of the law still stand against you. He knows that if you consider yourself a helpless victim, you will continue to be enslaved. Oppression by the hand of a weak bully is only as strong as the mind of the subjacent who has been deceived.
Here’s what God wants you to know: you have His Holy Spirit. Through Him, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” Everything we need for life is in Him. Everything we need for godliness is in Him. We have His fruit, we have His life, we have His strength. Now let us walk as those who have passed from death into life, no longer presenting ourselves as weak, helpless slaves to unrighteousness, but presenting ourselves as strong, emboldened, empowered servants of Christ.