“3 Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His Death?
4 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.” Romans 6:3-4
At Salvation, when the believing sinner is Born Again, we are born of the Holy Spirit and are now spiritually alive unto God. Baptized into the Death of Jesus, we are dead to the sin nature we are all born with due to the Fall of Man. The sin nature which has ruled and reigned in our hearts for so long is dethroned by the power of the Holy Spirit. To be sure, it is the Holy Spirit alone Who has the power to isolate the sin nature. If it were possible for us to overcome our sin nature on our own accord, the Cross of Christ would be in vain. God forbid no! At Calvary Jesus paid the penalty of sin for the believing sinner AND He broke the power of sin for the Saint. If our faith isn’t solely in Who He is and what He has done to break the power of sin, the Holy Spirit is not commissioned to do the work of God in our heart and we live a life spiritually defeated. Are we Saved? Yes. Are we miserably Saved? Sadly, yes.
Baptized into Jesus’ Death, we are dead to the law. It is the law which quickens our sin nature. Before Grace, we were married to the law by the power of our sin nature.
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14
Married to the law, the sin nature reigned. Dead to the law, we are espoused to another, Christ Jesus and it is His Grace that isolates the sin nature AS LONG AS our faith is in HIS Finished work and not our own.
“1 Know you not, Brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives?
2 For the woman which has an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he lives; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
3 So then if, while her husband lives, 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.
4 Wherefore, my Brethren, you also are become dead to the law by the Body of Christ; that you should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.” Romans 7:1-4
The Believer is dead to the law by the Body of Christ. Baptized into His Death, we remain there. We do not turn back to law for Sanctification. It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to circumcise our heart. HE is the one who removes old things and makes all things new. The Holy Spirit alone superintends the work of God in our hearts and He will only do so as we look to the Cross of Christ Jesus and live.
Our sin nature is not dead. This mortal coil of which we live is decaying. Gray hair and wrinkles, aches and pains, sickness and death are all due to the sin nature which dwells in us. We have not yet received our glorified bodies.
However, we are dead to our sin nature by the Baptism into Jesus’ Death and as long as we remain submitted unto Him; unto HIS Finished work for our life and living, sin shall not have dominion over us. We may struggle at times as He uses our sin nature as a tool of chastisement, but He remains on His Throne and will turn all things to good as we look unto Him.
“22 For I delight in the Law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:22-24
This is where so many remain. Spiritually defeated because of the constant battle. This yoke is not easy. There is no rest. Our inward man delights in the ways of God but we are unable to live a life in His Ways. Sin’s dominion reigns.
Why? Because we have turned to law, religious laws and vain philosophies cloaked in Scripture being taught as Biblical doctrine and have quickened the sin nature we were once dead to. Are we still Saved? Of course. However, we are living under the Government of Law and not the Government of Grace. Trying in our own accord to overcome the sin nature.
“For the Law of the Spirit of Life IN Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death.” Romans 8:2
No longer IN Christ Jesus, no longer baptized into HIS Death, we are also no longer made free from the Law of Sin and Death by the Spirit of Life (the Holy Spirit). Oh what a wretched man we are as we fight a battle we are not commissioned to fight. Sin has been defeated, yet we continue to fighting to “gain” a victory that we have already been freely given.
The only fight the Believer is commissioned to fight is the fight of faith…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We must deny ourselves DAILY and pick up our cross. The Cross of Christ was a place of great suffering but our cross is a place of great blessing BECAUSE of His suffering. Until we as a Believer deny ourselves and pick up the live we have been so freely given, we cannot follow Jesus.
Look unto Jesus. Allow Him to author and finish your faith. Let no sin have dominion but believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Look to Calvary and live.
-Donna Clark Warren