Without the help of the empowerment of what Christ accomplished by way of his death, burial, resurrection, and glorification overcoming the sin nature is not available.
It is impossible to overcome the sin nature without invoking what Christ accomplished through his selfless sacrifice on the Cross. We too must follow him and die daily in submission to what Christ accomplished for us when he suffered and died for all mankind.
Romans 6:4 states that when Christ died we died with him.
When he was buried we were buried with him.
When he arose from the dead we were raised with him to walk in newness of life.
There is a total power over sin through death that may not be fully achieved in life. But the moment a person dies they cease from sinning and the sin nature dies within them.
I believe the Apostle Paul dealt with how to overcome this terrible problem of the sin nature because the availability to sin or not to sin is always in question while we live.
The Apostle makes it clear that grace was not bestowed upon us so that we may continue to live in sin.
In the following portion of scripture Paul begins to illustrate how we should deal with this sin nature that was inherited from Adam:
Romans 1:6-18 (KJV)
6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 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.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 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.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Paul said we died to sin!
However this sin nature remains within us unless we allow it to be revived and then take rule over us when we submit to its tempting power.
Just as the sin nature remains in us believers now have a godly nature (Christ) within that has overcome this sin nature through His death on the cross.
If we believe what Paul has just revealed to us, then we must believe that when Christ died we died, and the sin nature no longer has dominion of us!
So then the sin nature no longer rules over us but the nature of Christ does have dominion over us so that we may serve him in righteousness.
Paul shows us the significance of the power of the resurrection of Christ in Philippians which is contingent upon being made conformable unto his (Christ’s) death.
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
Paul admits that he had not arrived at the place where Christ desires him to be and acknowledges that he is not already perfect. Why? Because at times he still succumbs to the sin nature in his walk just like any other man alive.
Admitting this is being honest before the Lord, unlike some who hide themselves from their own flesh and sin nature.
Paul forgets those things which are behind him which most likely are the mistakes of sins he had committed. However he does not allow sin to have dominion over him because he decides daily to go to the Cross and then continues to reach ahead trying to attain the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
So then while we are alive we are always susceptible to the sin nature within us. The only effective way way to overcome is not though our own ability or power, but the power of Christ and through what he alone accomplished for us when he willfully humbled himself and became obedient to death even the death of the Cross..
This is why the cross of Christ to so absolutely significant and powerful in a believer’s every day walk.
A personal relationship with our Lord Jesus The Messiah and his Cross is not just for a one time salvation experience. No! This relationship with Christ and the Cross are desperately needed in order that a follower of Christ may be able to die daily and thus overcome the sin nature.
The dominion of sin is real!
Christ knows the flesh is weak and by his divine grace and mercy has provided a method of forgiveness when we succumb to sin.
I John 1:7-10 (KJV)
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness