Man’s core dilemma is and always has been sin.
Often times when we hear the word sin, we immediately think of ‘vice’–which can result in one being taken back by this notion.
Sin is a very broad state of affairs within the Human Race. ‘Vice’ is absolutely a bold part of that. So too are other observable actions (which, again, is what tends to come to mind with the term).
But sin, as it is addressed throughout Romans, Chapter 6 is less about man’s actions and more about man’s heart which is bent toward sin.
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
– Ephesians 2:2-3
In this Chapter, the word sin is used approximately 17 times. 2 of which the Apostle Paul is, indeed, referring to acts of sin. 15 of which, when you consult with the Greek Text, has the definite article “the” attached to the word sin–referring to ‘The Sin Nature‘.
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.
– Romans 6:6
This is a very important distinction to make when we are trying to get our arms around what exactly the Finished Work of Jesus Christ provides the Believer whom adequately places their Faith in both:
Jesus Christ and Him Crucified
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, let the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
– I Corinthians 1:17
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
– I Corinthians 1:18
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
– I Corinthians 1:23
For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
– I Corinthians 2:2
Before, when we were taught at Salvation that “Jesus died for our sins (actions),” we took lightly the forgiveness of sins that was no doubt afforded to us. Now knowing that Jesus Christ’s Atoning work sufficiently dealt with not only actions, but so too man’s Sin Nature which is not to have dominion over Him when one adequately understands the Cross of Christ.
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace
– Romans 6:14
Sinless perfection? Of course not. We still have the World, the Flesh and the Devil acting on us. Some measure of sin is in-avoidable (not excusable).
Sin not to have dominion over us? Precisely. While the World, the Flesh and the Devil will continue acting on us so long as we breathe air, the Finished Work of Christ was and is sufficient to silence the Sin Nature within man only as long as He understands and maintains His Faith exclusively in the Cross of Christ.
Hence, that unforgettable bliss at Salvation–that goes up and down or wanes all together. Hence, why placing your Faith in the Finished Work of Christ is what affords the Holy Spirit the latitude to continually dispense the Grace of God on an ongoing basis.
Remember: Sin was Satan’s legal right to have dominion over mankind in the first place. The Cross of Christ broke those legal rights, giving the Holy Spirit legal right to Operate in the heart and life of the Believer.