When Christ died, He died unto sin, or rather for sin.  He died because our sin was imputed to Him, and He was constrained as our surety to suffer the penalty due unto it, which is death.  But that offering needed only to be made one time, because in His cross work our Lord made entire satisfaction to God for the sins of His people.  When He rose from the dead, ensuring our justification, He had utterly dispensed with our sin, leaving it in the tomb behind Him, never to see the light of day again.  He certainly will never sin in His own right, and it is equally certain that God will not again charge Him with our sin.  He made one offering for sins forever, and He is now set down on the right hand of God, from henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool.  By one offering He perfected forever them that are sanctified, and now He lives again to God, by the power of God.  It is impossible that our Saviour, Who was resurrected from the dead by the glory of the Father, can perish again, and come under subjection to death.  He lives unto God, and even that human body in which our Lord suffered and died now lives forever, and can never again be subject to the pains of death.  In that same body, where He now sits at the right hand of the Majesty in the heavens, our Lord lives unto God, continuing to work the will of the Father in His sovereign government of the kingdoms of the world.


Christ’s one-time death unto sin, and resurrection to a new and endless life unto God, is the pattern of God’s dealing with the believer.  We are dead unto sin, Christ having slain its power to condemn us and its power to rule us.  Because we have believed in Christ and become His disciples, we are to reckon ourselves as dead unto sin.  Whether we feel internally all the glorious things that have happened to us or not (and often we do not), we are to recollect and remember the basic facts of the Gospel, which Paul has been enumerating, and to conduct ourselves accordingly.