“For sin shall not have dominion over you …” (Romans 6:14 NKJV)
The Apostle Paul presents us another great and awesome revelation of who we are and what we have in Christ Jesus. The Apostle Paul gives us insight on the believer’s “dominion” over sin. His basis premise is that a born again believer is not under the dominion of sin any longer. Sin has no legal power, has no legal right, and has no legal claim over a redeemed child of God.
Paul is not talking about sins. He is not discussing sins we commit during our daily functions, either consciously or unconsciously missing the mark. Paul is dealing with the Sin problem. Sin is the very nature and personality of the devil. It is evil. It is sickness, disease and death. It is the curse. It is the root of all fear, hatred, rebellion, annihilation, madness, suicide, deprivation, poverty and among other destructive things in this world.
To understand that SIN has no dominion over you, you have to accept and believe Romans 6:6 (NKJV) “Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.”
When Christ was crucified on the cross, our old man which is our old sinful nature (the nature of the devil) was also crucified with Christ on the cross. Our old sinful nature was nailed on the cross and it was crucified there. It was left there on the cross and it was forever done away with. When Jesus was raised from the dead, our old man/old sinful nature remained dead. It did not rise from the dead. It is dead and was done with once and for all. Romans 6:10 (NKJV) “For the death that He died, He died once and for all.”
Romans 6:4 (NKJV) “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
We need to have a grasp on this that when Christ was buried, we were also buried with Him. Our old man was buried also with Him. And when Christ was raised, we were also raised with, in the newness of life – without the old sinful nature, without the old man. We don’t have our old man/old sinful nature living in us at this moment of time. The old man is dead and done away with. As a believer, we don’t have the old sinful nature living in us.
Some believers think and believe that they posses a dual nature: the old sinful nature and the nature of God. This is not scriptural. How can you have the nature of God and the nature of the devil living in one body?
Romans 6:11-12 (NKJV) “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in lusts.”
Paul is admonishing us to think and to consider that we are dead to the power and dominion of sin. The only way sin can dominate us and have influence over us is to allow sin to have control over us. But we are not that stupid and dumb to just take the devil’s lies, and then roll over and absorb all of the devil’s beating.
The word “reckon” means to think and to consider. We need to renew our minds regarding this truth. The truth is that sin has no dominion over us. It has no legal rights, no power or whatsoever to entice us to be controlled and serve sin. We have to reject and resist every pleading of this sinful nature in order for sin to dominate us. We shall not be under sin, sickness, poverty and lack. We have been freed from the dominion of sin, sickness, poverty and lack.
When Jesus was here on earth, he exercised his rights and authority over sin and dominion of sin. He healed all kinds of sickness and diseases and cast out every foul spirit. He took authority and stand on his legal rights according to what is written in the Word of God. You see, healing is a legal right of every believer. The devil has no legal right to put sickness and disease in your body. Read and meditate Matthew 8:16-17 (NKJV):
“When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sickness.”
You see, Jesus cast the devil out and healed all the sick with His Word. His Word is our legal document, our covenant, our legal rights and privileges as a child of God. The devil is the same liar. He will try to hide the truth from you. But the Apostle Paul says to reckon, to consider, to think or to take action regarding your rights and dominion over the devil and dominion over sin. The truth shall set you free.
“But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.” (Romans 6:22 NKJV)
Romans 6:22 is your current status in the faith. This is how God looks upon you. This is your current position in the heavenly. Even at this very moment, the devil knows that you are living in accordance to Romans 6:22, but he will challenge you. But you have been set free from sin. Sin has no dominion over you. Sin, sickness, diseases, poverty and lack has no power over you. If you continue to live according to this legal standing of yours, then the fruit of holiness shall bear without effort from you. The fruit of holiness shall bear normally because you live without sin.
Tell the devil to shut up and get out in the Name of Jesus. Resist the devil and he shall flee away from you.