Dead to Sin Alive to God in Christ Jesus


by Mike Ratliff

8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:8-11 (NASB) 

Instead of Christians being about religiosity in any form, the Bible clearly shows something entirely different in the purpose and mission of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Romans 1-5 the Apostle Paul makes it very clear that there is no person born of Adam who deserves anything, but eternal damnation from God because of his or her sin. However, God is merciful and justifies those whom He gives the gift of faith like Abraham. However, there is still the sin problem and Paul explains how our Lord Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross paid the penalty for everyone who will believe the Gospel by faith.  Those who believe are justified by faith according to the grace of God, not according to their works. The righteousness of Christ is imputed to their account as their unrighteousness was imputed to Christ’s account as He hung on the Cross. This salvation is free and requires no law keeping on our part because Christ also fulfilled the Law for us. There are some who say this form of doctrine opens the door for licentiousness, that is, that Christians will be free to live sinfully because they are in Christ and can live any way they want. Is that what Paul taught? Continue reading