Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Jesus died on the Cross to provide mankind with salvation from their sin. Without God, men are sinners by nature, practice, and Divine decree (under sin/subject to wrath/condemnation) When we receive Jesus, the power of His Blood that was shed for us washes away all of our sin and makes us new creations in Christ. We no longer have the same nature, are no longer under sin by decree but are now under grace and justified before God, but we can still practice sin. As Christians, we can sometimes commit the same sins we committed before we were saved. Yes, as long as we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9) but that isn’t the end God had in mind in giving us salvation.
Jesus didn’t come just to provide ongoing forgiveness for ongoing sinning. He didn’t bear our sins in His body on the Cross so we could continue in sin and be forgiven. NO, He had a higher potential in mind for us. Our great salvation is more powerful than that. It is important to understand that:
1. Salvation didn’t get rid of the power of the devil who still tempts us.
2. Salvation didn’t get rid of the presence of the flesh (or eradicate it as some try to teach).
3. Salvation didn’t get rid of the power of the world’s lusts and corruption.
Salvation does mean, though, that grace has provided a remedy for ALL SIN: Sin’s penalty, sin’s power, and in the future part of our redemption from sin’s presence.
There is power in God’s grace to walk free from ALL of sin’s influence in this Earth before we go to Heaven. The same grace that saves also sanctifies. Our salvation changed our inward spirit nature to righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24). The DNA (Divine Nature Abiding) within our spirit man, the new creation, is righteousness and holiness. We can do right and live holy because we’ve been made right and made holy. Our mind needs renewed to this and we must walk in the spirit, allowing our inward man to dominate our flesh and law if sin in our members. The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus within our spirit is more powerful than the law of sin and death (sin’s power) in our members or outward man.
Our salvation also changed our position in the spirit realm. We are raised and seated in Christ Jesus far above the devil, his demons, and all of his authority and power (Ephesians 2:6; Ephesians 1:19-22: Luke 10:19). We have a superior position from which to relate to not only sin’s power in our flesh but also satan’s temptations from the outside of us. We do not have to yield to his temptation but can submit to God and resist the devil; he will flee (James 4:7).
People who have repeatedly fallen into sin often come to believe that they are helpless in the war against it. They resign themselves to reduce the number of defeats that they experience; however, God commands us to fight sin (resist) wholeheartedly. Hebrews 12:4 says, “Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. He doesn’t permit us to settle for anything less than an all out victory over sin. Sin shall not have dominion over us, for God in His grace has already provided victory over ALL sin.