“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.” Romans 6:6
In Romans 6, sin is spoke of in the Greek as a noun and not a verb. Upon our salvation, our sin nature is not dead but we are dead to it. Our sin nature no longer reigns over us. Such is why saying yes to God, we are crucified with Him to our sin nature…it is still there but no longer has dominion over us. Simply saying no to our sin nature is not by default yes to God. We do not have the ability to overcome our sin nature on our own accord. Victory over our sin nature only comes by saying yes to Jesus and His finished work on the Cross.
The problem we have as believers have is learning how receive something we have not earned – this is called grace. Once we understand that anything we receive from God is not from anything WE have done, for example – binding, rebuking, positive confessing or sacrificing but exclusively because of what Jesus Christ did and what we believe, grace abounds. Invariably, satan tries to invoke us to accomplish time and time again, what Jesus has already done for us once and for all. By doing this we never know the grace of God and continue in our works trying to gain the victory Jesus Christ has already won.
God isn’t asking us to fight our sin nature, He’s asking us to believe we are dead to it. Our sin nature is not an act but an entity which once reigned over us. “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” Romans 6:13. We are free from our sin nature by virtue of the Cross of Jesus. If your deliverance has not yet come, the test is in where your faith lies…continued faith in Jesus victory over the sin nature. Knowing you are now dead to that sin nature and waiting on your deliverance, not working for your deliverance, is where grace abounds. The error is found in knowing you are dead to the sin nature and believing you have been delivered while sin abounds. There is a vast difference there that must be emphasized.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.