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 in all of its dimensions. Its penalty, power, and presence. 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 are now, in Christ, under the dominion and rule of God’s grace. As Christians under grace, we can sometimes commit the same sins we committed before we were saved. We have access to the provision of forgiveness grace provided and 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).
There is more to being under grace than receiving forgiveness. Many know of the grace that saves or that takes us out of sin (its rule/authority/dominion) but know very little of the grace that sanctifies or that takes sin out of us (acts of sin after salvation). Grace has power to keep us from sinning not just provide forgiveness when we do sin. Jesus came to give us complete victory over sin’s dominion in our life.
Distorted teachings of grace can leave the impression that it doesn’t matter if we sin because we have God’s grace. This is not the true grace of God. We have forgiveness if we sin not so we can sin. Romans 6:1, 2 makes it clear when it says, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid ….” In other words, shall we habitually (continue) in sin that grace may abound, let it never be said. In Romans 6:15, “What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God Forbid.” In other words, shall we sin (occasionally, once in awhile, or single acts of “sin”) because we have grace and the answer again is, let it never be said.
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.
Salvation didn’t get rid of the power of the devil who still tempts.
Salvation didn’t get rid of the presence of the flesh (or eradicate it).
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.
Salvation gives us a new position in the spirit from which to relate to sin. There is power in God’s grace to walk free from ALL of sin’s influence in this earth before we go to Heaven.
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. Jesus said in Hebrews 12:4, “Ye have not resisted unto blood striving against sin,” or put some effort into resisting and contending against it. 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 a victory over ALL sin Romans 6:14. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made us free from the law of sin and death Romans 8:2. It is all because of God’s grace and grace is the finished work of God through Jesus Christ.