Crucified With Christ and Free From SinQUESTION: Crucified With Christ – He Who Has Died Has Been Freed From SinANSWER:
Go back and read the following verses: Philippians 1:21, Galatians 2:20, and Romans 6:5-11. Notice how many times Paul mentions his death in and with Christ. In particular, notice the following from Romans 5:6-7:
"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die."Crucified With Christ – He Who Has Died Has Been Freed From Sin
It goes without explanation that Paul did not literally die on the cross with Jesus. It is obvious that every believer is not literally crucified with Christ. But it is this death with Christ that Paul directly connects to our being set free from sin, and that not in some future sense (i.e. the resurrection), but now, in this present life. Paul did not say that we would someday be set free from sin. He stated in Romans 6:22: "But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life."
This is not looking forward to some event in the future but looking back to an event in the past; you have been set free! "How have I been set free?" you ask. "Through your death," Paul replies. "But I am still alive," you argue. "Then consider yourself dead!" says Paul. The mystery of our death in Christ lies in our understanding of what happens when we accept (become one with) Jesus as our Savior. It should by now be obvious that in the eyes of God something occurs that can be considered our death.
Rendered with permission from the booklet, Free to Serve God: 7 Principles Every Believer Should Know,
by James O. Jones, Jr. (Light of Life Ministry, revised printing 2009). Compliments of James O. Jones, Jr., and Light of Life Ministry
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