For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. (ESV)
What is your view of sin? There are Christians who feel that sin is just a part of life. They believe that they cannot do anything about it. Is that reality? Certainly, we do struggle with the effects of sin in our life, but what was Jesus' victory on the cross all about? Paul says that the death Christ died he died to sin, once for all. What does that mean?
The first way that Christ died to sin is that he paid the penalty of sin. The theological term for this is propitiation. Christ is the propitiation, or payment, for our sins. This is great news. Our sin brought total separation from God and placed us under the eternal wrath of God the Father. Jesus Christ, comes to the cross and takes the penalty of all mankind's sin upon himself.
The second way that Christ died to sin is that he broke the power of sin over us. We were in total bondage to the enemy of our souls. We were completely incapable of rejecting sin. Even those who try their best to live a "good life" are incapable of it. Before you knew Christ you were unable to say no to sin. That is no longer the case. Jesus broke the power of sin over us.
Jesus died to sin for us. The life he lives he lives to God. Did you catch that? Jesus lives life to the glory of God the Father. He laid down for us the perfect example. Are you supposed to just continue in sin, pretending that you cannot help it? NO! You are to allow the power of Christ to destroy the power of sin in your life. This sets you free to live your life to the glory of God.
Do not listen to the lies of the enemy. If you are in Christ you are a new creation. You are no longer a slave to sin. Live your life to the glory of God the Father. The Holy Spirit lives within you to enable and empower you to do this.