“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:”
Yesterday, we established that the law can at best restrain people who have a disposition to evil, but does not have the capacity to change anyone. For the man in Christ however, there is good news.
See Rom 8:2,3: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.”
There is a new mechanism at work in the man in Christ. When Christ was nailed, sin lost its power! That’s the kind of knowledge that’s worth more than a million bucks to the person who will live above sin. Soak yourself in that!
See Rom 6:3-5: “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.”
The same way you are sure that Christ died, is the same way you can be sure that you died with him. As sure as you are that he was raised from the dead, that’s how sure you can be that you were also raised to walk in the newness of life.
There’s more. Rom 6:6 says: “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”
God’s spirit is working in you to will and to do of his good pleasure. The old man is dead. The more established you are in this fact, the more likely you are to live above sin.