What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?…
Abounding sin is the occasion of abounding grace, but abounding grace is for the destruction of abounding sin. It is absurd to suppose that a medicine should aggravate the disease it cures.
I. BELIEVERS ARE DEAD TO SIN.
1. In their condition before God.
2. In their character in consequence of it.
3. Forensically in the eye of the law.
4. Experimentally; in point of fact.
5. In their affection for it.
6. In its power over them. Or, to put it another way, believers have died to sin legally in justification; personally in sanctification; professedly in baptism; and will die completely to it in glorification.
II. THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED —
1. By participation in Christ's death who died for it.
2. By communication of the power of Christ in killing it.
3. By profession made in baptism of renouncing it.Death to sin is the necessary consequence of union with Christ, who delivers from its depraving, condemning, and reigning power.
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