Myth 54. yield to sin unto death Rom 6:16
Seriously? Can a Christian yield to sin unto death?
I think we must read on.
The verse here is taken out of context. Let me show you what it means in its context.
“15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”
See the Christian USED to be slaves to sin. We HAVE BEEN set free from sin.
So what is verse 16 talking about?
Let’s look at the Amplified Bible.
The answer lies in these verses:
“13 Do not continue offering or yielding your bodily members [and [a]faculties] to sin as instruments (tools) of wickedness. But offer and yield yourselves to God as though you have been raised from the dead to [perpetual] life, and your bodily members [and [b]faculties] to God, presenting them as implements of righteousness.
14 For sin shall not [any longer] exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law [as slaves], but under grace [as subjects of God’s favor and mercy].”
What Paul is saying here is this. We are already dead in Christ when Christ died 2000 years ago. We died with him. As a result we also died to the Law. See the next chapter.
7 Do you not know, brethren—for I am speaking to men who are acquainted with the Law—that legal claims have power over a person only for as long as he is alive?
Since you are already dead in Christ you are set free from the Law. Reading verse 13 together with verse 14, you would note that:
a) The law makes you a slave, grace set you free.
b) When you yield your body to sin, you yield to a life as if you have not been resurrected. A life yielded to God here means a life that is “as though you have been raised from the dead”.
c) This is associated with law and grace. This means when we try to be righteous by observing the law we are yielding our body to sin where we by faith acknowledge in faith we have died in Christ and are raise to new life of righteousness we are yielding our lives to God.
See Romans 7: 4 Likewise, my brethren, you have undergone death as to the Law through the [crucified] body of Christ, so that now you may belong to Another, to Him Who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.
As such dear friends, since a resurrection Christ cannot die again, we as creatures of his righteousness cannot also “sin unto death”. The rest of the verses are clear. We USED to be slaves of sin. We are SLAVES of righteousness. We are in a prison called Righteousness.
In a prison called Sin, we tried to do all sorts of things to get us out, but failed. Only Jesus got us out by his obedience. Thus while we may still sin in a prison called Righteousness, we can’t get out from that prison. This is because we are placed there by Jesus’s work not ours. Being in that prison is a gift. See Romans 6
“22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.”
See also Romans 5
“12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— 13 for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law.14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.
15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.”
Believers you are in an inescapable prison. A prison wrapped up by His Righteousness, built by the very blood of Jesus.
For those of you who are new, these series of articles are dedicated to refuting the teaching that a believer can lose its salvation. I am using a reference of 70 ways a believer can fall away from a blogger who name himself smashing idols.
(His full article is here: http://smashingidols7.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/70-ways-a-believer-can-fall-away/
Also you can follow the refutes of his 70 ways here by just click to this link:https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/tag/70-ways-to-lose-your-salvation/)