Victory Over Sin
Defining the Terms
These terms concern our sanctification. They identify and describe. They are distinct from each other. They are also related to each other.
Indwelling sin - The power of sin - Romans 5:20–21
- The power of sin dominates the unregenerated - Romans 6:20–21
- Believers are set free from the dominating power of sin - Romans 6:6
The old man - The unregenerated person we were without Christ - Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
The new man - The regenerated person in Christ - Ephesians 4:24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
The new nature - The divine and holy nature given to us at the new birth - 1 John 3:9–10
The flesh - The sinful self in rebellion against God.
- The flesh is the old nature, a sinful disposition or sin nature:
- A nature is the characteristics which make a thing what it is.
- A disposition is tendency or state of mind or a inborn temperament.
- The flesh lusts with feelings and volitions - Ephesians 2:3
- The flesh has a mind which thinks and reasons - Romans 8:6
- The character of the flesh always evil - Romans 7:18 & 21
- The flesh always acts out in rebellion against God - Romans 8:7
- The flesh and the power of sin are in union together - Romans 7:14
- The flesh will harass us until our bodies are redeemed - Romans 7:23–25
We are saved by grace - Romans 3:24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
We live in the grace of God - Romans 5:1–2 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Grace reigns in our life - Romans 5:20–21 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We have victory over sin in God’s grace - Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.