What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
The labor of Paul in Romans is to bring the Roman believers to the knowledge that they are free from sin. It may be that the Romans think because of their cultural upbringing and continued presence in the midst of it, they are still sinners. Humbly I would like to show you that we are no longer sinners using the above verses.
1. We are dead to sin. Dead things have no awareness of anything around them. They are not even aware of themselves because they are dead. Believers are dead to sin. We are completely unaware of it, and it has no power to affect us. When we were baptized into Christ we were baptized into his death. When Christ was raised from the dead we were raised with him. We are actually seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Eph 2:6) The old man (who we used to be) is crucified. He that is dead is free from sin.
2. We were married to sin by the law. The law states that as our husband lives we are bound to serve him. And if I choose to marry someone else while my husband lives I am committing adultery. I cannot be joined to Christ, lawfully, until my husband is dead. As long as my husband lives I am bound to him. Being married I have the responsibility to bring forth fruit. I am not barren. I do bring forth fruit and that unto death. Fruit bearing is not an option. The motions of sin demand it. My husband, sin, is dead to me. I can freely be given to Christ. Christ can now be my husband. I have the responsibility to bring forth fruit and do; fruit unto righteousness. I can only bring forth fruit of the one whom I am married.
3. I am free from condemnation because I am free from sin. Romans 8:1b is not a statement of qualification but one of fact. The fact is I walk after the Spirit because I am spirit. There is no condemnation to me. Why? Because of the law of the spirit of life. I am free from the law of sin and death. I am not married to sin. Sin is dead to me. I no longer bring forth fruit unto death by nature. My fruit can only be that of righteousness according to my nature. My nature is that of righteousness and I am free from the nature of sin.
4. Not knowing this means that you (child of God) are still in bondage to sin even though he is dead to you. You are still bringing forth fruit to death.