Verses 7-11, “For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The Ryrie Study Bible asks the question, “If grace abounds in the presence of sin (5:20), then shouldn’t we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid or by no means! Grace cannot be exploited for evil ends! Because of our union with Christ we are dead to sin and are alive unto God (verse 11). The new moral life is based on
- Our union with Christ, verses 1-14.
- Our being slaves to righteousness, verses. 15-23.
- Our new marriage union with Christ, (7:1-6).
Most Christians understand the significance of Jesus’ journey to the cross, but many of us have never really considered the journey we must take.
When we were saved, we were saved by the grace of God. Jesus is our substitute in shedding His Blood for our past, present and future sins. Then after we were saved, the Holy Spirit within us started changing things in our lives; such as bad habits and attitudes. These changes did not take place because of our own efforts, but because of the grace of God, otherwise we would have been saved by grace and kept by works. This means that Christ’s purpose is to prove us, not to improve us.