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What Does It Mean to Be Dead to Sin?
Many people think that if Jesus paid it all, we now have this divine Visa card with an unlimited balance. We can just flash it whenever we want to cover whatever sin we choose. And as the Apostle Paul anticipated, some people will even justify their actions by saying, “Hey, if God gets more glory by showing grace, doesn’t my sinning give him more space to be glorified?”
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But that raises an interesting question in its own right, doesn’t it? What does he mean when he says we’ve died to sin?
What Paul doesn’t mean is that we have lost all interest in sin. Certain streams of Christian thought have, in fact, taught that Christians can achieve earthly perfection, but Romans 7 makes it clear that believers are still tempted and seduced by sin—in addition to, well, nearly every Christians’ experience with temptation.
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Fortunately, Paul doesn’t leave us in the dark:
“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.”
When we accept Christ, we “die to sin” in two ways:
1. Being “dead to sin” means we renounce it once and for all.
Repentance - Mind - Sin - Lord - Life
This is called “repentance,” or changing your mind toward sin. It means you were once the lord of your own life, but from this point forward, you are going to do an about-face and follow Jesus as the Lord of your life.
Repentance is the essence of conversion. If repentance didn’t happen at your conversion, then whatever else happened at your “conversion,” it wasn’t a real conversion.
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