Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body,
that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
~ Romans 6:12
I love what is described in this verse and will try to relay its meaning.
Therefore: refers to the death of our sinful nature (entire sanctification) and a life that has been renewed through the work and power of Christ as shown here:
. . . many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ
were baptized into his death?
Therefore we are buried with him
by baptism into death:
that like as Christ was raised up from the dead
by the glory of the Father,
even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death,
we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him,
that the body of sin might be destroyed,
that henceforth we should not serve sin.
For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Now if we be dead with Christ,
we believe that we shall also live with him:
. . . Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin,
but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
~ Romans 6:2-11
God forbids us (as Christians) to sin as noted in the strongest of words:
Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
~ Romans 6:1
The whole chapter reinforces the command of Jesus to His followers: that we are to go and sin no more. This is a foundational principle and requirement for every Christian.
Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple,
and said unto him,
Behold, thou art made whole:
sin no more,
lest a worse thing come unto thee.
~ John 5:14
The same is true for us, Even more so since we have the whole council of scripture and the Holy Spirit.
We are told that our old man (our sinful nature) and body of sin (the entirety of our sinful acts, thoughts, predispositions, guilt and shame) are all to be destroyed, crucified, dead.
That means we should no longer sin a a Christian. I repeat myself because most of Christianity today ignores this Bibilical truth and tolerates sin and the behaviors of those who commit it. That is because the sinful nature does not want to die and our earthly, animal desires want to remain and be fed by seemingly harmless sinful pleasures.
This is especially true if we are told by others that our sinful nature will remain with us until we die and we can’t stop from sinning (even occasionally) until salvation from our sins comes by death, which is clearly against scripture.
This has turned the many churches to follow a sinning religion. Allowing sin to continue in a believer’s life is a deception from the Devil. A very unfortunate turn of events makes the church his tool.
The parishioners then allow sin and become defiled just like before they were saved, steeped in sin.
We are delivered from sin and guilt when we are justified just like the Hebrews were delivered from Egypt (which is symbolic of sin) in the O.T. We can be overthrown in the wilderness of this world if we continue in sin just like the Israelites were.
The Holy Spirit through Paul gave us one of the sternest warnings against this problem of sin. He speaks about what happens to those dwelling in sin, and that God gives us a way out of every temptation so we don’t have to fall into sin.
If we do fall into a sin, we can repent and be forgiven but it is not a revolving door to be abused in this probationary life.
There is hope for the backslider and every sinner to regain salvation once lost.
Moreover, brethren (Christian),
I would not that ye should be ignorant,
how that all our fathers were under the cloud,
and all passed through the sea;
and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
and did all eat the same spiritual meat;
and did all drink the same spiritual drink:
for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them:
and that Rock was Christ.
But with many of them God was not well pleased:
for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
Now these things were our examples,
to the intent we should not lust after evil things,
as they also lusted.
Neither be ye idolaters,
as were some of them; as it is written,
The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
Neither let us commit fornication,
as some of them committed,
and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
Neither let us tempt Christ,
as some of them also tempted,
and were destroyed of serpents.
Neither murmur ye,
as some of them also murmured,
and were destroyed of the destroyer.
Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples:
and they are written for our admonition,
upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed
lest he fall.
There hath no temptation taken you
but such as is common to man: but God is faithful,
who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;
but will with the temptation
also make a way to escape,
that ye may be able to bear it.
~ 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
My brothers and sisters, we are without excuse if we continue to allow sin in our lives. We are creating a desolate wilderness instead of a garden flowing with milk and honey.
God will deal with our fruit of sin as promised when we do not abide in Him (His purity and love):
Abide in me, and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,
except it abide in the vine;
no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
I am the vine, ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me, and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.
If a man abide not in me,
he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered;
and men gather them, and cast them into the fire,
and they are burned.
~ John 15:4-6
God loves abundantly and wants holy and obedient loving children. He is also just and righteous and no sin or impure thing will enter the new heaven and new earth. That is why it is so important that we imitate our Holy Lord, Jesus Christ.
Here is what Adam Clarke’s commentary says about Romans 6:12
[This is a prosopopoeia, or personification. Sin is represented as a king, ruler, or tyrant, who has the desires of the mind and the members of the body under his control so that by influencing the passions he governs the body.
Do not let sin reign, do not let him work; that is, let him have no place, no being in your souls; because, wherever he is he governs, less or more: and indeed sin is not sin without this.
How is sin known?
By evil influences in the mind, and evil acts in the life.
But do not these influences and these acts prove his dominion?
Certainly, the very existence of an evil thought to which passion or appetite attaches itself, is a proof that there sin has dominion; for without dominion such passions could not be excited.
Wherever sin is felt, there sin has dominion; for sin is sin only as it works in action or passion against God. Sin cannot be a quiescent* thing: if it do not work it does not exist.
*(Resting being in a state of repose; still: not moving; as a quiescent body or fluid.)
That ye should obey it in the lusts thereof – This clause is wanting in the most ancient and reputable MSS. and in the principal versions. Griesbach has left it out of his text;
and Professor White says, Certissime delenda : ” These words should certainly he expunged” they are not necessary to the apostle’ s argument; it was enough to say, Let not sin reign in your mortal bodies, that ye should obey it.
If it be there it will reign there; and its reign supposes, necessarily, the subjection of that in which it reigns. A king reigns when his laws are enforced, and the people obey them. When there is no executive government there is no reign. There may be a royal shadow there, but there is no king.]
There should be no sin in the believers life. This is our goal and should be sought in this life.
We just need say “yes” to God’s will as we tarry in Jerusalem. The promise of power of the Most High will be given tous.
We must thirst after righteousness as the dear pants for water when he has fled the dangers of the hunter.
God does not give His blessings to those who continue in sin. We have power over sin the moment be believe.
God is faithful and wants . . .
. . . to open our eyes,
and to turn us from darkness to light,
and from the power of Satan unto God,
that we may receive forgiveness of sins,
and inheritance among them
which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
~ Act 26:18
There is so much God has planned for us. Let us have victory in Jesus.
Receive all the blessings He has to offer.