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"For he that is dead is free from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ we believe we shall also live with him. "—Rom. 6: 7, 8.
"For in that he died, he died unto sin once; but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord."—Rom. 6: 10, 11.
"Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness."—Rom. 6:18.
"He that is dead is free from sin." And this freedom is attained now in this life. Hence immediately follow the words, "Now if we be dead with him," etc. And just as Christ lives unto God, a holy life, "likewise, in the same manner we should reckon ourselves dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. " Not dead to sin prospectively, or only professedly, but DEAD INDEED UNTO SIN. Actually dead and oblivious to sin. Having no more part in the sins of this world than if literally dead and buried. What can strongly and more positively express absolute freedom from sin than the declaration that we are dead indeed to sin? One might abstain from the commission of sin and yet not be really dead to it. But when dead indeed to any thing that must be the end of it. It means that we have no more to do with sin than the dead who lay in the cemetery have to do with the business of this world. As natural death puts an end to all activities here on earth, so complete salvation in Jesus is the terminus of all human actions of a sinful character.
"But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. "—Rom. 6: 22.