Rom. 6:1,2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
Paul not only taught about being justified from our sins by faith alone, he also spoke about being dead to sin. Most everyone who calls themselves a Christian knows the basic function of the cross, the cleansing of all of our sins. More often than not it is this next part of God’s work on the cross that trips people up, I have been crucified with Christ. That person I used to be is not just forgiven, he is obliterated. I have received a new nature now, that other guy is gone. This is the basis of our ability to live a different kind of life than we used to live. Our old nature has been executed, we have received a new nature in Christ. Believing this will change everything. We are no longer a part of the sinful culture of this world.
Living in NOLA makes this exceedingly important. Our culture is know for its debauchery. Lester Sumrall used to say “the people of the world have come to New Orleans and left their sins here”, now that is terrifying. Thankfully His grace is sufficient, not only for justification but also to sanctify us completely: spirit, soul, and body. Here are some thoughts from Adam Clarke about being dead to sin.
“Let it not be; by no means; far from it; let not such a thing be mentioned!—Any of these is the meaning of the Greek phrase, which is a strong expression of surprise and disapprobation: How shall we, that are dead to sin. The phraseology of this verse is common among Hebrews, Greeks, and Latins. To die to a thing or person, is to have nothing to do with it or him; to be totally separated from them: and to live to a thing or person is to be wholly given up to them; to have the most intimate connection with them. “The Tapyrians are such lovers of wine, that they live in wine; and the principal part of their life is devoted to it.” They live to wine; they are insatiable drunkards.”
So maybe you still like to dabble with your old favorite sins; let me tell you that it’s not worth it. Listen to what Paul taught us, “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord”. You are a dead man, the sooner you get that, the happier you will be.