“We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ, we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So, you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:6-11
Sin is a terrible master, and it finds a willing servant in the human body. The body is not sinful, it is neutral. It can be controlled either by sin or by God. The old nature was crucified with Christ so that the body need not be controlled by sin. Sin wants to be our master. It finds a foothold in our old nature and through the old nature seeks to control the members of the body. But in Jesus Christ we died to sin, and our old nature was crucified so that the old life is rendered inoperative. Paul was not describing an experience; he was stating a fact. It is a fact of history that Jesus died on the cross. It is also a fact of history that the believer died with Him. Not free to sin, but free from sin. Sin and death have no dominion over Jesus Christ. If we are in Christ; therefore, sin and death have no dominion over us. Jesus Christ not only paid the price for sin, but He broke the power of sin. Paul did not tell his readers to feel as if they were dead to sin, or even to understand it fully, but to act on God’s Word and claim it for themself. It is a matter of faith that started with action. It is like endorsing a check, if we really believe that money is in the checking account, we will sign our name and collect the money. In being alive to Jesus, it is not claiming a promise it is acting on faith. God does not command us to become dead to sin. He tells us that we are dead to sin and alive to Jesus and then commands us to act upon it. Even if we don’t act on it the facts are still true.