Sin Exhausted Itself at the Cross

This thought captured my attention last week as I prepared an institute lecture on Romans 6:1-14.

Since sin exhausted itself in bringing about death, from that point forward it is powerless to overcome new life.[1]

When death unleashed the full consequences of my sin upon Christ at the cross, God’s judgment for my sin ended. Death exhausted its resources and fulfilled its responsibility as the necessary and appropriate the outcome of my sin. Jesus Himself stated plainly, “It is finished (Jn. 19:30).”

Paul highlights the importance of this fact in Rom. 6:6-7. If you have placed your trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior, know this – that when death unleashed her terror on Jesus Christ, she unleashed her terror on you. When Christ died, you died – and death died too.

When Christ died, you died – and death died too.

So when Christ returned from death through the resurrection, you resurrected as well. At a future moment, your body and soul will be resurrected. But at the present time, your spirit is already resurrected. You have new life ahead of time. Though the impulses of sin still operate in your body and soul, your obligation to obey and capitulate to those impulses has ended. The more you will meditate on this reality, the more you will appreciate the completeness and thoroughness of what Christ accomplished when He died. And the more you will learn to lean upon His resurrection power for victory over the impulses of sin in your daily battle over your dead and exhausted enemy – sin.


[1] Robert H. Mounce, Romans, vol. 27, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995), 151.

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