“If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – Because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus”.
Our identification/union with Christ means WE DIED WITH HIM.
“People who are dead do not struggle, they rest in peace” – Graham Cooke.
Our freedom from sin is in two fold:
- We are free from the old sin nature.
The New Creation is not in a struggle to overcome sin. He is dead to sin. In Him, the old sin nature is dead. No believer has a sin nature. Sin has no dominion over the New Creation. There is no natural compulsion/drive towards sin. Now, we are to yield ourselves as instruments of righteousness unto God.
- We are free from the punishment for our sins.
We are not free because God went soft. The remission of our sins is an act of justice. The wages of sin is death. In Christ we died, hence the wages of sin paid.
“He did it to demonstrate His justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus”.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”.