These weekly posts show the Triad teachings. Starting at week 1 and progressing through the weeks will help you see the logic of the series.
“When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But then what return did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:20-23).
In our old life, before we found Jesus, we were “free in regard to righteousness”. That is, we didn’t have to obey God. But what did that result in? Shame and death. But now, in our new life I have the power to obey God, and I have been set free from sin and can progressively become more Christ-like. I am being sanctified.
Now, does this mean that I will never sin? No it doesn’t. It means I will sin less. Over time I will sin less and less. Remember verse 19?:
“19 For just as you once yielded your members to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now yield your members to righteousness for sanctification.”
So, now, in Christ I am “free from sin”. I am “dead to sin”. “sin shall no longer have dominion over me”. I will make steady progress.
Will my progress always be upward bound? Will I never go backwards? No, you might fall back into sin. And, when you do you will have to confess your sin and (again) “seek those things above, where Christ (and the new you) are seated”. You will again need to exercise faith. You will have to go back to Romans 6 and, again, “realize you are dead to sin”.
But for the most part, yes, this is a progressive increase in Holiness. A new life. A life of victory.
Let’s join Paul now in Romans chapter 8, where he sums up our new situation: New life in the Spirit:
“8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
Prior to finding Jesus, prior to my being born again, my will power was insufficient to obey God. I was a slave to sin. But now, my will has been enabled, and if I “walk in the Spirit” the “just requirement of the Law” will be fulfilled in me. That is, I will be able to obey God, I will be able to resist sin, I will get progressively more Christ-like. I will be sanctified.
So, now I need to learn how to Walk In the Spirit.