Set Free from Sin
“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”
Let’s look at three key phrases Paul uses in this passage: “ruled by sin”, “slaves to sin”, and, “set free from sin”.
Prior to receiving salvation, everyone is “ruled by sin”, albeit to varying degrees. I was pretty much a sinner to the nth degree, how about you? We could not help but sin because that was our very nature. Our spirit man was dead, at least in a coma, so our soul man always followed our “flesh”.
We can only serve one master, and prior to Christ, we were slaves to sin. We were helpless to resist the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil. As hard as we might have sometimes tried, we generally gave in. We really did not have control over our lives; the enemy did.
Jesus paid the ultimate price – His Life, His Blood – to redeem us out of the slave market of sin. No longer would we be involuntarily mastered by sin; we could choose to be led by His Holy Spirit rather than our “flesh”. We now have the very real option not to continue to sin!
Paul teaches us to always remind ourselves that our “old man” died, so we are no longer helpless to resist old temptations. We are free.
Thank the Father for sending Jesus to purchase you back from the enemy. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you remember your old man is dead!
Anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
Dive Deeper: Study Romans 6.