Power Over Sin
I am not sure many of us really understand the real significance of Christ's death on the cross for us. Long ago, before Moses and the prophets, before the commandments and the Law, people dwelled on the land....and sin dwelled with them. There was no law to tell people what was wrong, whether or not they should worship God. It was just a person's decision to worship God - Abraham, Noah.. As a result, many people were lost, overtaken by sin (Sodom & Gomorrah).
Then God, in His mercy, sent Moses who brought law to the land - the 10 Commandments. The law was good and just, it was meant to be a tool to help people discern between what was wrong and right. However, it is imperative to realize that we operated in the flesh. We yearned to live by the law, we struggled to live by the law. Did we succeed? No, we failed miserably. Recall the Israelites in the wilderness losing faith in God. What we should do, we do not do; but that which we shouldn't do, that we do.
Is the law sin? Certainly not! For without the law, sin was dead. But with the law, sin became apparent. The law tells us not to covet. We couldn't have known that coveting was wrong, until the law told us. Therefore, the law is holy and just and good. But sin, taking advantage of the law, produced in us all manner of evil desire. Sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in us through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful.
The wages of sin is death. We deserved to die for all our wrongdoings. But the Lord is forever gracious and loving. He realized that we were so weak in the flesh. See: we deserve to die for our sins, and everyone is with sin, even a newborn baby. But God gave us an opportunity to live. Instead of us dying, He sent His son to die for us. Glory to God! But that is not all...and this is the most important of all.
It is very important to recall we were bound by the law. Take a marriage, for example. A husband and a wife are bound by law to be together. If either sleeps with another person who is not their spouse, they have sinned, they have broken the law. But if, say the husband dies, then the wife can sleep with another person and it will not be sin; for by death, the law is broken! Therefore, by Jesus dying on the cross, we are now dead to the law through the body of Christ. We are no longer bound by the law. Which means sin no longer has hold over us. Hallelujah!
I thank God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind (spirit) I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. Therefore, to be faithful to God, one should never give in to flesh. It is simple: resist the devil and he will flee from you. If we refuse to live by flesh, we will overcome (Romans 6:12). In lieu with that, if we don't live by flesh, we live by the Spirit - which is the most beautiful thing ever for it doesn't matter whether we are strong or not. We no longer live, but Christ lives in us (Galatians 2:20). His grace is sufficient for us, for His strength is made perfect in our weakness. For when we are weak, then we are strong (1 Corinthians 12:9-10). May the power of Christ always be over us, to strengthen us, to help us overcome. In Jesus name!
Reflections from Romans 7.