As I’m working through the book of Romans with a group of great guys at Christ Church Santa Fe, I am struck by how often the questions of the role of sin in the Christian life come up. This question makes sense and comes up in the book of Romans in chapter 6, but it’s at least in the background throughout the whole book. We are utilizing a study guide put together by Tim Keller and Redeemer Church New York, and it is a great tool for our study, but still, this question lingers.
One way I have found helpful in answering this question is by using a “green card” analogy. Here’s what I mean:
Because of your union with Christ, sin can’t have a green card in your life. It can’t claim citizenship (status), nor should it apply for permanent residence (progress). In union with Christ, what is true of Him, is true (justification) and will be true (glorification) of you as well.