When we were dead in transgressions, our bodies were slaves to sin. We lived and acted in the way our flesh wanted. But when we saw the light, something changed. The sinful nature was put to death and we became alive to God. The Bible states that our old man was crucified with Jesus that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. (Romans 6:6)
This conversion from a nature of sin to one that is obedient to Christ is very symbolic. It simply means that there is a transformation that happens. We stop obeying the demands of flesh. The Bible goes ahead to state that we should not let sin reign in our mortal bodies, that we should obey it in its lusts. (Romans 6:12) We are now slaves of righteousness.
The scripture in Romans 6 is very insightful in regard to any type of sin. In this context, I want to talk about it in the context of sexual sin. You see, we are very prone to fall. There’s always a reason to loosen your guards in the face of temptation. But we need to understand what the scripture says:
- The old man that was sinful in nature was put to death. (Romans 6:6) It is difficult for something/someone dead to be active. Unless it is resurrected. This applies to our old man. He died. So what happens when we sin is that we resurrect him. We raise him from death. This makes sin a very voluntary action. You sin when you resurrect your sinful nature.
- We are now slaves to righteousness. (Romans 6:18) A slave is a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another; a bond servant. Now that means that whatever we do should be subject to righteousness. Our passions should be subject to righteousness. What this means is that if we continually find ourselves being ruled over by sin, then maybe we are not subjecting ourselves to righteousness.
- Sin shall not have dominion over us since we are not under the law but under grace. “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!” (Romans 6:14-15)This means that we shouldn’t keep sinning since sin has no dominion over us. We are the bosses. Therefore, when we keep on sinning we are allowing a usurp of power. We are becoming subjects to sin.
The reason I’ve taken time to explain this is because many times when we allow sin to master us we say ‘we found ourselves’. “Why did you kiss?” “I just found myself.” You didn’t find yourself. You chose to submit to sin!
There is a lot of pressure to conform to sin. With everyone advocating for what is wrong you almost end up thinking the wrong is good. You almost agree with the world. But we should remember our place in Christ. Our bodies are dead to sin and alive to God in Jesus.
What all this means is that there should be a deliberate and conscious decision not to resurrect your old man who was sinful in nature, and not to subject yourself to slavery to sin. We shouldn’t realize that we’ve sinned only when we mess up. No. We should be always alert in the Spirit as we scold the flesh since he always wants to have his way.
Cain and Abel offered sacrifices to God. Then God respected Abel’s sacrifice and did not respect Cain’s. Cain was angry. God said to him, “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:7
We’ll always have nice opportunities that present themselves for us to sin. You’ll see a lady economically dressed and lustful thoughts will flood your mind. You’ll want to watch this movie with a very nice plot bad with sensual scenes. That’s sin crouching at your door. Master it/ rule over it. If it’s fleeing like Joseph, flee. If it’s rebuking it like Jesus, do it! If crushing your computer like Caleb in the movie ‘Fireproof’ is what will master sin, please do it. Just don’t fall.
When you understand the mystery of the cross and the power therein, then you can’t afford to habitually sin. Worse if you have taken up your cross and decided to follow Christ. You can’t keep turning or putting it down when sin seeks attention. Since the power of Christ is within us, then we have victory not only over sexual sin, but all the other sins!