For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.Romans 6:10(NASB)
When our Saviour died on the Cross, He did so much more than dying FOR our sins (so that we could be forgiven of the many sins we commit throughout our lives), He died TO sin. Jesus died UNTO sin and this means that He died to break the POWER of sin in our lives. He died to sever us from the old sin nature that we inherited from our parents because of Adam's sin. He died to deliver us from the very influences of sin in our lives: "Jesus died UNTO sin ONCE and for ALL, but the life that He lives, He lives to God."
He died UNTO sin so that we might also be released from the conditions that causes us to sin. He died to set us free from the influence and power of sin. He died TO sin so that we could be set free FROM the old sin nature that has been imputed into the lives of all humanity. The death that He died, He died to sin once and for all (as well as dying for our sin and paying the enormous price of sin), but the life that He lives, He lives to the glory of God.
Jesus not only died to pay the price for our sins but to release us from the Adamic-nature that we inherited from our forefathers so that He could replace it with His own Christ-like nature - His own resurrection life - the new-life-in-Christ. Jesus died so that we may become a new creation in HIM as well as being forgiven of our sins, and it is ALL by grace though faith in HIm.
The sinless Lord Jesus Christ not only paid the death-penalty for our SINS, but He was MADE sin for us, He IDENTIFIED with our sinfulness. We are not sinners simply because we commit sins - it is far worse than that - we sin BECAUSE we are SINNERS. We sin because we have an old Adamic sin nature that causes us to sin.
Through His death, Jesus BECAME sin for us (as well as paying the price for sin) so that in return WE might be made the righteousness of God IN HIM: "For He died unto sin once and for all, but the life that He now lives, HE lives to God."
When Christ died UNTO sin, HE identified with our sin nature and released us from being part of ADAM's race. HE made us a new Creation in Christ and we became part of a new race of human-kind. God removed us from the old, unrighteous headships of fallen Adam and placed us under the new righteous headship of the Lord Jesus Christ. We became clothed in His righteousness so that we could live to the glory of God.
We started our old sinful, guilt-ridden life, as part of the first creation in Adam when we were born into the human race BUT we started our new life in Christ the moment that we were born again by the Spirit of God, the moment we first believed.
May we never cease to praise our heavenly King Who not only died FOR our sins but died UNTO sin, and the life He now lives He lives unto God so that He can live His life through us - to His praise and glory.
Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus died to pay the price for my sins, and thank You that He identified with my sin and became sin for me so that I might be clothed in His righteousness. Praise God that the power of sin has been broken in my life. May I live unto God and walk in newness of life, to Your praise and glory. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.
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