Paul continues his dialog about justification by asking another question. Do dead people sin? His answer is unequivocally NO! It is illogical that if you are dead you can resurrect the old man. We are now: “a  new  creation;  what  is  old  has  passed  away  –“  [2Co  5]. If we should seek to resurrect the old man to keep on sinning just to show God’s grace are we not testing God? We are to remember that we have been crucified with Christ and now Christ lives “in” us. This was God’s way. We are now filled and anointed with the indwelling Holy Spirit who is our guide, our teacher and the convictor of sin. We  are  now  alive  in  Christ  not  because  “works  of  righteousness  that  we  have  done  but  on  the  basis  of  his  mercythrough  the  washing  of  the  new  birth  and  the  renewing  of  the  Holy  Spirit.“  [Titus  3]  Sin  now  has  no  mastery  over  us  UNLESS  we  purposefully  yield  to  it.  Beloved we are to “not  let  sin  reign…do not  present  your  members  to  sin  as  instruments  to  be  used  for  unrighteousness!”

 Failing to live this new life, this spiritual rebirthed life should remind us of what the Apostle John said:  “The one who says “I have come to know Godand yet does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in such a person.”

So  the  test  is  really  this:  if  we  are  living,  moving,  and  enjoying  sin  we  might  want  to  check  our  status  and  see  if  we  are  living  a  life  that  is  merely  a  charade  because  he  who  is  alive  in  Christ  and dead people do not sin. 

Published by Gaye Austin