The truth that Christ died for our sins is a familiar one. His death on the cross made atonement for our sins to our holy God. When we trust our Lord Jesus as our personal   Savior, we know Christ takes all our sin, and His righteousness is imputed to us (2 Corinthians 5:21). Because He died for our sins, we have freedom from the guilt of sin and the punishment of sin (death and separation from God).

However, in Romans 6:10, there is a deliberate, additional statement that Christ died to sin. Not only did Christ die for our sins, He died to sin. This is incredibly important!

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When someone is cut off completely from family or friends we sometimes use the expression that he or she is said to be “dead to them”. This is meant to convey that there is no longer connection of any kind.

Paul writes that Christ died to sin. With His death and resurrection, He was victorious over sin. Now that we are united with Christ in saving faith, His victory means that we in His grace are now dead to sin and alive to God (Romans 6:11). The dominion of sin is broken.

The power, the tyranny, the stranglehold of sin over our life has been broken. Authentic Christ-followers have changed kingdoms! Because Christ died to sin, we have freedom from the power of sin in our lives and now have the supernatural power to live a transformed life.

Here is the truth I want you to grasp. Now that you have been “unplugged” from the power of sin, you must never go back to your old life: to the pride, the greed, the selfishness, the drugs, the immorality, the booze, the lust, the anger, the bitterness of the past. Don’t go back to that junk. The power of sin in your life has been unplugged. You died to it! Don’t plug it back in! Now in Christ, experience the transformation and freedom of being no longer under the law but under grace (Romans 6:14).

John Munro

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