Every Christian longs to be free from sin. Paul spoke of sin as a principle that dwells in his body: a “law which is in my members” (Romans 7:23). All of the scriptural imperatives to “be holy,” “make not provision for the flesh” and “mortify [kill] the deeds of the body,” etc., only make sense when we grasp the truth of remaining sin, “that in my flesh there dwelleth no good thing” (Roman 7:18). Sin has not been entirely eradicated, it lurks in every part of us—we are still totally depraved!
Does this mean that the Christian is consigned to a life of one spiritual defeat after another? Absolutely not! Genuine conversion is a radical and instantaneous defeat of the power and dominion of sin. While sin might remain in us, it no longer reigns. The strength of sin has been devastated, Christ has been crucified for me and I have been crucified with Him and I am in Christ. Freedom from the power of sin is in the enjoyment of Christ.