What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin: how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin - because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

- Romans 6:1-7

Free From Sin

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them… and He saw everything He had made, and behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1).” And in the beginning, there was no need for the death and resurrection. As mankind was a very good creation in God’s eyes, there was a connection that was untainted, pure, and whole. However, then mankind chose sin and it entered the world. With this attachment of sin, we, as mankind, became eternally separated from God.

But, (and what a very good but), then Jesus came to undo that attachment of sin. Jesus created a new reality in which we are now able to break that eternal attachment of sin. As Paul discusses in this passage, the resurrection of Jesus is two-fold: we experience new life as Jesus did when He rose from the grave, and we have the opportunity to die to sin when we are accepting of the Gospel that Jesus died to free us from sin.

The Real Question

Paul discusses both of these aspects of the death and resurrection of Jesus, but often times that may leave us with the ever present question - so why do we still sin? If we’ve died to sin, if it has been crucified with Christ, why do we still struggle so much with sinning, as we did before salvation? And that’s a good question.

As Paul discusses the idea of dying to sin, he is discussing the eternal consequences of our sin. While sin has consequences, it doesn’t keep us from our ability to connect with God and God's undying love for us. We may feel like we are stuck in sin, but that isn't the reality because God has freed us. We are given 100% freedom and nothing can take our freedom, but we may choose to allow sin to torment us because we feel like we have no power over it. But we are free because of Jesus!

- Logan Johnson