“We died with Christ, and everyone who has died has been freed from sin.”
Fact is, when we were baptised into Christ, all of our sin got put onto Christ. Not only sin leading up to our conversion, but any sin we commit after our conversion as well.
We have been ‘freed from sin.’
Later in Romans Paul says ‘The Spirit of Life has set me free from the law of sin and death.’
Sin no longer causes death in us. Christ is living in us, and sin has no power over Him.
If sin had had power over Jesus, death could have held him down. But death could not hold Him. This is why Paul says:
‘Where oh death is your victory? Where, oh death, is your sting?’
Sin has no hold on us. We are covered in Jesus’ blood. We are free from the power of sin.
Even if we do sin, we have one who advocates for us and presents Himself to The Father in our defence.
This, of course, is metaphorical. Jesus doesn’t literally go and present Himself to the Father each time we sin. He would be in and out like a Yo-Yo.
His shed blood is our advocacy. This is why John says ‘I write this to you so that you will not sin, but if you do sin…’
If you do.
If we do then Jesus stands as our advocate – his blood evidence that our punishment has already been paid. As Isaiah says:
‘The punishment that brought our peace was upon Him,’
We have peace because He took our punishment.
Isaiah doesn’t say the punishment that brought our peace (except when we sin). He says the punishment that brought our peace. Period.
If you still believe God sees your sin, you are living in fear of punishment. Yet John reassures us:
‘There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.’
‘God is Love.’
How clear can John and Paul be?
What else can they say?
We have been purified of our sin by the blood of Jesus. We died with Christ. We have been freed from sin. We have no punishment to fear, for, even if we do sin, His shed blood sets us free.
We have nothing to fear from God, because He is Perfect Love.
Friends, we are free. We are loved by a perfect God whose name is Love.
Let’s rest in this love.
Grace and peace.