Jeremiah noted that we have lived so long in our sinful state that we don’t even blush at sin! Yet as he reminded the people they were standing at a crossroads and they should consider their path.[Jer 6] Paul is giving us similar advice by saying that we are not to remain in sin for we are now alive in Christ not because “works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit. “ [Titus 3] Sin now has no mastery over us UNLESS we purposefully yield to it. Beloved we are to “not let sin reign…do not present your members to sin as instruments to be used for unrighteousness!”
If we do the words of John should echo in our ears: “The one who says “I have come to know God” and yet does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in such a person.” So the test is really this: if we are living, moving, and enjoying sin we might want to check our status and see if we are living a life that is merely a charade because he who is alive in Christ “is a new creation; what is old has passed away –“ [2Co 5] and dead people do not sin.