What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For whoever has died is freed from sin. 8But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. (Romans 6:1-14, NRSV)
If we have been baptized we have been baptized into Christ’s death and if we have joined him in his death then we will also join him in his resurrection. We are dead to our old self.
Does that mean we no longer sin? No, it doesn’t. but it means we have the power to resist sin because we are no longer held slave to sin. We are not under the law but under grace, that doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want. as verses 1 and 2 remind us, we shouldn’t sin more so that we get more grace. We can not run after that which we are dead to.
You have been set free to live a life of love to others so that they will see how much God loves them. Live in your freedom and share the grace you have been given with all of the world!