“If we have died to sin, then why do we keep sinning?”

That is a good question.

That is the most recent post over at Tim Challies blog, ‘Informing the Reforming’ 


I think the book of Romans answers the question quite well. Start with chapter 6.


What do you think?






4 Responses

  1. Hi Steve! We know that we are “declared” righteous in Christ, and that the demands of the law are paid. But why do we still sin? I think we still sin because we are still here in this old world, still in the “flesh”.

    This place is not the place where justice resides – one of the reasons why we are waiting for “a new heaven and a new earth” (2 Peter 3:13). And also, it is written, “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6) – we are new, and at the same time, He is making us new.

    Being in the flesh (not *of* the flesh) is, I think, the reason why we continue to sin. As it is written: “I see *in my members* another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells *in my members*” (Romans 7:23).

    We are sinners that are united with Christ, in His death, victory, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-6, Romans 7:25). We are “declared” righteous, and not righteous by our selves. In Christ, we are no longer under the law but “under grace” (Romans 6:14). Since we are not under the law anymore, sin will not have dominion over us because “the power of sin is the law” (1 Cor 15:56).

    I have much to say, but my main point is that the Gospel is not a good news apart from the “union with Christ.”

    Just some thoughts, Steve. 🙂

  2. St Stephen, For what it is worth a comment was posted for our reformed. Good discussion thanks for pointing it out for me. pacem domine †

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