So now you know that God sees you as perfect in His eyes. You are justified! Now we are presented with another question. What about sin? How does God view my sin? How should I view my sin? Let’s move a little further into the Book of Romans for the answer:
Romans 6:1-10 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?2 God forbid. We who died to sin, how shall we any longer live therein?3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.5 For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection;6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin;7 for he that hath died is justified from sin.8 But if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him;9 knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death no more hath dominion over him.10 For the death that he died, he died unto sin once: but the life that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Paul begins this passage with a question he says, “Okay we are justified so what are we to say about sin? Are we to continue in it? (v.1)” Then he says, “Certainly not! By no means! (v.2)”. Paul used this phrase which was an idiom of the time meaning “How could you even ask that question?” He goes on to say “Don’t you know that if we have been identified with Christ in His death, that we must also identify with Him in His Resurrection? (vs. 3-5)”. When Christ died, he died once to death, covering ALL sins, and now death has no power or dominion over Him! He will never die again! He now lives for God! (vs. 9-10) It is now the same with you new Christian! When you were saved, because of Christ’s death that covered ALL sins, sin has no power or dominion over you! Verse 11 tells us that we must “consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus”! The word “consider” means to have an absolute confidence in what God has already made true! We are to know 100% that God has covered all sins. He did it all on the Cross, thus sin has lost its power to control us!
Now we must live for God! That takes some effort on our part to keep the sin out of our lives. It’s all about what we present ourselves to. Romans 6:12-14 tells us this:
Romans 6:12-14 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey the lusts thereof:13 neither present your members unto sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves unto God, as alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under law, but under grace.
Paul says “Look don’t present yourselves to sin, but rather present your members of God to use for His Glory!” It’s all about our presentation! If we present ourselves to sin, then we will fall into sin. However, if we present ourselves to God, then we will submit and obey God! So the power of sin is gone, now we must present ourselves to God, not sin. Just as Romans 6:19 says
Romans 6:19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
When we present ourselves to God, it leads to sanctification! Sanctification is the process of becoming more and more like Christ each and every day, and it’s offered to us! New Christian when you were saved God gave you His nature that desire to become like Christ. We just have to constantly present ourselves to Him to be used for His Glory! That’s the key! You are justified, and new Christian, you are in the process of being sanctified!