PAUL TAUGHT WE DO NOT HAVE TO COMMIT SINS AGAIN
Michael F. Blume
The Main point in Paul's teaching in Romans Chapters 6 and 7 is that
believers already have everything we will ever need for victorious living
due to the blood of Christ shed on Calvary and due to God's work in that
event. Its just that most believers do not know all that is theirs.
It is like having one million dollars in the bank put there by a man of
wealth. If one is unaware of that storehouse of wealth at one's disposal,
one will not enjoy it by living life in accordance with such benefits.
One will live lower than one actually has to.
This study explains how the Bible teaches that we do not have to sin
again as believers, if we have been sinning occasionally. We do not
have to live so low as to think we must sin throughout our entire lives.
There is more victory for us than that! Since most of us never realized
the Bible teaches this truth, we have never benefited from it, let alone
Before we go any further, let us think about something. Romans
8 is often heralded and quoted by many preachers and Christians.
But how often are the truths and the sequence of thought throughout Romans
chapter 6 and chapter 7 ever proclaimed? I have hardly ever heard
anyone preach from these two chapters, unless water baptism was expounded
by the first few verses in Romans 6. But water baptism was not the
issue. It is mentioned there, and it is taught to be necessary,
but still that is not the main issue. Paul repeatedly asked the Romans
if they "knew" specific truths. I came to understand that the victory
in Romans 8 cannot be experienced unless I "know" the truths of chapters
6 and 7 and then apply those truths to my practical living.
No wonder so few believe we can live without ever sinning! Hardlyanybody
has ever touched the truths of Romans 6 and 7, and therein lies the explanation
of how to live that way.
Be not ashamed, though, if you cannot say you understand clearly these
chapters. Peter admitted the topic of righteousness that Paul delved
into was hard to be understood.
2 Peter 3:13-6 Nevertheless we, according to his promise,
look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore,
beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be
found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account [that]
the long-suffering of our Lord [is] salvation; even as our beloved brother
Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
As also in all [his] epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which
are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and
unstable wrest, as [they do] also the other scriptures, unto their own
Righteousness is a deep topic.
First of all, let us agree that the Bible is the source of information
for believers that we may have victory over everything in life, as supplied
by God through Christ's death on the cross. We have victory over
sin, but, like the Romans, we may not know that. And if we
do not know it, then we will not enjoy it.
I want to make it clear that there is nothing else we need that we do
not already have. There is nothing else to do and nothing else for
God to do. It has all been done through the cross. All of it!
At this point you may be thinking, "I know I have victory over sin."
But what exactly do you mean by "victory over sin?" Many think
all the victory that we can have is to sin by error and then repent.
Sin again and repent again. Over and over. Is that victory?
So, what do you mean when you say "victory over sin"?
Paul's idea of victory over sin was living without ever sinning.
Paul brings this up in a hypothetical response to a fact he stated in
Romans 5:21. He suspected the Romans might reply erringly to that
Romans 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might
grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our
The Fact: Grace reigns to such glorious extents that sin is ever
superseded by it. And that includes sinful living. Grace raises us
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin,
that grace may abound?
But the Romans were so unaware of victory over sin in this life and
in their practical everyday experiences that they could never dream of
living a life and not sinning. As Paul assumed correctly, they, like
most, would very likely respond, "Hey! Does that mean we can sin
more so we get more grace?"
They did not even conceive the thought that grace can cause them to
stop sinning no matter how great a force sin is.
Paul saw a lack of awareness in the Romans which took them to the point
of not even considering a life above sin when Paul noted that grace
supersedes the degree of sin. Paul then said,
Romans 6:2-7 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin,
live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were
baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore
we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised
up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk
in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness
of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of [his] resurrection:
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of
sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
For he that is dead is freed from sin.
He said, "What? Sin so that grace may supersede more and more?
A thousand times no! You do not realize that we died with Christ,
and that means we have experienced the only and single thing that frees
us from a sinful bondage -- Death. And we do not have
to sin more so that we can experience more grace! What I am talking
about is that grace made you dead to sin altogether. You are
delivered from it and its effects. No matter how great the force
of sin is, grace can lift you above it so that you will not sin.
You must realize that your deaths with Christ offers you a difference in
Since you are dead with Christ, it only stands to reason that you are also
with Him. And that means victory in practical life."
And this is where the point about sinless living comes in. Paul
did not compare a victorious life that can be ours with Jesus' life before
cross... and even that was a victorious life!!! But
he compared the degree of victory we have in life with Jesus' life
resurrection from the dead! If there could be any more victory than
that of Christ's pre-cross life on earth in flesh, it is the post-resurrection
Let Paul explain that:
Romans 6:8-11 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 life we can live, and we are intended to live, is with Christ,
in His resurrection life. He died once, and liveth.
That means He keeps on living. He does not have to die to sin everyday.
Some teach we must die to sin everyday. No. We must realize
we are already dead to sin every day. Daily realization - not daily
He liveth. Then Paul told us to reckon ourselves dead to sin in
the same way that Christ is dead to sin. And he died once to
sin. That means you are dead and do not need to die to sin again.
And reckon yourselves to be alive to God to the same degree and in the
sme manner that Christ is alive. And He liveth! Is that pre-resurrection
life or post-resurrection life? Post-resurrection, obviously, since
it is LIFE after death.
DIE DAILY TO SIN?
Everyone seems to jump to 1 Corinthians 15:31 at this point, and say
like Paul, "I die daily to sin." Problem is that Paul did not say
1 Corinthians 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have
in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
Paul said he died daily. But what did he refer to? Did he mean
Death to sin, like most believers believe, as though Paul had to die to
sin everyday so as to live righteously? No. Shock yourself
and read the context:
1 Corinthians 15:17-1 And if Christ be not raised, your faith
[is] vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep
in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we
are of all men most miserable.
Paul said that if christianity had no literal resurrection, then what a
sorry group of people Christians would be. What good was it to suffer
persecution, like Paul did, if nothing better than this life existed?
He said that those who literally died are perished and non-existent if
there is no resurrection.
After elaborating on that thought some more, he then said:
1 Corinthians 15:29-32 Else what shall they do which are baptized
for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for
the dead? And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? I protest
by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth
it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.
Paul asked us why would he bother to risk his life to such an extent as
he did if there was no resurrection. He would care for this present
life as best he could if there was nothing better to follow. Later
on he said that resurrection life is always greater in glory than this
life. He was in jeopardy during the hazards he experienced as the
result of his bold preaching. He fought with beasts of Ephesus.
Men persecuted him severely and once left him for dead. He came so
close to death so often that he said, "I die daily." He just as well
accepted death in each hazard, thinking that might be the day he would
depart from the body to be with the Lord. Knowing that there is a
resurrection to come, he was not afraid to look death in the eye.
He believed there was a resurrection to come. And he lived like it
by risking his life so severely!
He did not refer to dying to sin daily. He said in Romans 6 that
we died once with Christ who died once unto sin.
Paul said that we are intended to "walk in newness of life" (Romans
6:4). Now, does this exclude practical experience in everyday circumstances?
No. Most seem to think "yes."
What Paul said is the kind of victory Paul described in Philippians.
Philippians 4:11-3 Not that I speak in respect of want: for
I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content. I
know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in
all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound
and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth
Nothing bothered Paul. Now, I call that "Victory."
To have peace of mind when everything is going wrong. That
is freedom. Freedom from sin.
When is it that we sin? In times of frustration and worry and
loss of temper and self-control. And to be able to be relax our souls
in any situation, and to be content, is to nip sin in the bud where it
starts. Lust is held at bay when we are content with what we have.
And Paul said that sin was in his flesh (Romans. 7:17-18), but yet he
said in Romans 6:12 that we are not to let sin reign in our flesh.
So, although most believers say that Paul's lesson does not mean that
we can live above sinning, upon careful reconsideration the honest soul
will find that it does.
Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body,
that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
He wrote the above statement as a logical conclusion to the truths he presented
in the previous verses, which are:
Romans 6:8-11 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.
We are dead with Christ. So..... we must also believe we went
the rest of the way with Him, and are alive from the dead and already
in newness of life. Resurrection life. We are
resurrected with Christ in life. And Paul applied that (and here
is the clincher) to practical living, because he addressed
a misconception which involved practical living. He said, "No, you
do not sin more in order to get this grace more. Something else occurs."
The references in the chapter to newness of life and walking
with Jesus are in response to the misconception that we have to sin
order to see grace work in our lives (Romans 6:1). Now, if
that is not an issue of practical life, then what is it? And because
it is a practical issue, Paul gave the reality of our deaths and
freedom from sin in regards to practical living. And if freedom
from sin is a reference to practical living, then how can it not
refer to living above sin and not sinning?
Paul is saying we should not let sin even reign in our flesh.
Forget about getting more grace by sinning more! We're raised up
higher than that! Do not even let sin reign in your flesh!
WHAT WAS PAUL'S PROBLEM?
Paul related his personal battle with sin in Chapter 7 in order to explain
what he meant in Chapter 6. Sin made Paul's flesh commit sins,
Romans 7:14-17 For we know that the law is spiritual: but
I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not:
for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that
[it is] good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin
that dwelleth in me.
Paul wrote about doing, did he not? Doing what? Sins.
And is this not a further explanation by way of personal experience of
how it is true that we do not need to let sin reign in our flesh?
The manner in which sin reigned in Paul's flesh, as seen clearly in Romans
7, was that it made Paul do sinful things. The acts
were the outward effects. And therefore, the reference to not letting
sin reign in the flesh in chapter 6 refers to not doing sinful things.
In other words, not sinning. It is teaching us to nip sin
in the bud, and stop its source of opportunity to work the outward effects
Paul said "do" in Romans 7:15-17. He wanted to "do" good.
And since Chapter 7 is an explanation through personal experience of what
he taught in Chapter 6, we know that Chapter 6 is an answer to the weak
life of "doing" sinful things all the time. There is more victory
in Christ than simply repenting every time we supposedly inevitably sin.
Since Paul had a dilemma of not wanting to sin, but sinning anyway,
he cried out for deliverance from doing sin, and claimed God would deliver
him from doing sin. And that deliverance was through Christ.
How is it that "through Christ" God delivered him from doing sins?
answer is what Chapter 6 is all about. And that is why I say and
maintain that we can live without sinning.
Here is what Paul said in Romans 6. We died with Christ.
And since death frees us from sin, we are freed from sin through Christ.
That is what Paul meant by being delivered by God "through Christ."
Since we died with Christ, Paul said we are also resurrected
Him. And Paul said that if that is so, then do not let sin reign
in your flesh.
The key to seeing what ramifications newness of life has to offer us,
as referred to in Romans 6:4, is in seeing that Romans 7 is an explanation
of that truth through illustrations of a marriage and then of his personal
experience. The marriage illustration is seen in Romans 7:1-3.
Romans 7:1-3 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to
them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long
as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to
[her] husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is
loosed from the law of [her] husband. So then if, while [her] husband liveth,
she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if
her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress,
though she be married to another man.
Then he stated the reality that this picture illustrated in Romans 7:4-6,
applying the same principle to our relationship to sin.
Romans 7:4-6 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead
to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another,
[even] to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit
unto God. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which
were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were
held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not [in] the oldness
of the letter.
We died to the law by the body of Christ. When Christ's body died,
we died. Through Christ we died. His body was killed
on the cross as us. We never have to die again, daily or otherwise,
since we died once to sin.
And then Paul dug deeper with the Romans and reasoned with them concerning
the fact that freedom from the Law of Moses did not imply the Law was evil
in Romans 7:7-12.
Romans 7:7-12 What shall we say then? [Is] the law sin? God
forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust,
except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion
by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without
the law sin [was] dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when
the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which
[was ordained] to life, I found [to be] unto death. For sin, taking
occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew [me]. Wherefore
the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
At this point Paul wrote that he required freedom from the Law as a woman
required freedom from a law which bound her to her husband. The reason
was that the the Law instigated sin to act in his flesh. The lifestyle
of doing evil is what Paul wanted freedom from. The woman bound to
the husband depicts Paul bound to a lifestyle. And the "binder" in
both cases was Law.
The Law was not evil, though. But sinful people can never keep
a righteous law. If mankind was not born in sin, mankind would be
able to easily keep the law. Paul said that sin stirred and reacted
to the efforts Paul made to obey the good law, and made him sin instead.
Paul then raised another question.
Romans 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me?
He answered it beginning in the remainder of the same verse.
Romans 7:13b-16 ....God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin,
working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment
might become exceeding sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual: but
I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for
what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then
I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that [it is] good.
Paul said he was bound to not obey the Law. It had nothing to do
with the Law being bad. Neither did Paul look at the Law as being
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