Christ Rules in and over us NOT Sin
Category : General
Romans 6: 14 (KJV)
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
“Justification by works would destroy no sin, would check no evil propensity, but would leave a man to all the ravages and rioting of unsubdued passion.”
It has been noted that there are different states of “sin.” There is sin latent, and fully manifest; there is sin you are striving to subdue, and sin dominant. It is concerning this last state that we have this promise–“Sin shall not lord it over you.” And there is a state beyond this when the sin is so conquered that it is actually changed into grace. A besetting sin, a characterizing virtue; strong passions, ardent love; fear, humility; credulity, faith; weakness, leaning on the strong.
The apostle does not affirm that Christians are not bound to obey the moral law. The whole scope of his reasoning shows that he maintains that they are. The whole structure of Christianity supposes the same thing. the apostle means to say that Christians are not under the law as legalists, or as attempting to be justified by it. They seek a different plan of justification altogether: and they do not attempt to be justified by their own obedience. The Jews did; they do not. it is implied here that the effect of an attempt to be justified by the Law was not to subdue sins, but to excite them and to lead to indulgence in them
This verse brings into view the ability of the Christian to survive inevitable lapses of a sinful nature. If his justification had been such as that available to the Jew in the keeping of the law, his would be a hopeless predicament. Sooner or later, some little sin would lay him low; and, no matter how trivial a lapse, any infraction of law would have been enough to destroy him. But thanks be to God, the new system is in operation. Justified, absolutely, through identity with Christ and being in fact “in him,” the Christian’s sins are truly banished forever
Some are under the dominion of sin in the form of anger. Those who have a quick, hot temper, are like the small pot that quickly boils over and scalds terribly. The propensity of others is to murmur. I know some who grumble at everything. With others the reigning sin is covetousness. I do not say that they should be indifferent to business, but why so penurious? “Covetousness is idolatry.” Of course, you may fall into fits of covetousness and yet be Christians, but if you are habitually covetous then your covetousness has got dominion over you, and according to the text you cannot be a child of God. Perhaps the sin of pride may be in the ascendant. Now, I do not say that you are no Christian because you occasionally forget the lowliness and modesty that become you, but I do say that if you tell me that you cannot help being proud, then pride is your master and Christ is not. The dominant sin of many is sloth.
If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanseth us from all sin (1 John 1:7). “Cleanseth” is present tense active and may be translated as the present participle, and it means that the Christian is being forgiven and justified every moment of his life! The evil which we are encouraged to resist is the dominion of sin over us. Thanks be to God that we are under grace instead of law!
Have a great and God filled day!