But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.Romans 6:22(NASB)
Christ not only died FOR our sin.. to pay the penalty for sin (which positioned us in Christ and baptised us into His Body).. but He also died UNTO sin, so that the power of sin could be broken in the lives of all who believe in Him for salvation. Not only did the PRICE of sin have to be paid-for, in order to secure our salvation but also the POWER of sin in the lives of believers had to be severed - in order to deliver us from the tyranny of sin and its enslaving domination throughout our earthly life.
The first was achieved because Christ identified with our sin so that we might be identified with His righteousness - i.e. Jesus died FOR our sin. He died to pay the penalty for our sin. But the second was achieved because we died IN HIM. His death became our death and His resurrected life became our new resurrected life in Christ. It was His birth into the human race and His sinless life which qualified Jesus to become the perfect sacrifice for humanities sin - our kinsman-redeemer.
Jesus died as the perfect representative of the old fallen creation in Adam, paying the price for our sin.. but He rose again as the first Person of a new creation of mankind. Jesus Christ is the federal Head of God new creation of humaity.. and who who place their faith in Him will also rise to newness of life, as part of that new creation in Christ. His death paid the price for our sin.. but as fallen members of the old creation in Adam the power of sin in us also had to be broken. By faith we were removed from the old creation and placed into the new creation - so that in the power of His resurrected life we are enabled to grow in grace to His praise and glory.
In order for the ruling principle of sin, which enslaves every member of the human race to lose its power in our lives.. we died in Him when Jesus died unto sin on the cross. But as His spiritual seed, we also rose in Christ when He was resurrected from the grave - thus becoming part of the new creation in Christ and a member of His spiritual Body.
Jesus died FOR sin as payment - but He died UNTO sin to break its power. By faith in Him our sins have been paid but in Him we also died unto sin and our death with Him delivers us from the sin's hold on our lives and frees us from its tyranny and power, so that we are enabled to live godly lives - with Christ's own resurrected life working through us. Christ identified with our sin and died FOR us so that we could recieve forgiveness of sin, but we are also identified with Christ's death, for when He died.. we died with HIM, which FREED us from the power of sin and its oppressive enslavement over our lives.
His death unto sin became our death unto sin and His resurrected life became our new resurrected life in Christ - so that with Paul we can say it is not I that lives but Christ that lives in me - so that having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.
Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus died for my sin and that the power of sin was broken in my life because I died with Christ unto sin. Thank You that I am a new creation in Christ and have received His new resurrected life. I pray that in Him I may grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus day by day, in Whose name I pray, AMEN.