How Christ Died to Sin (And Why It Matters)

Our Savior died for sin, and he died for sinners. But Christ also died to sin (Romans 6:10) — a curious point Paul makes in a chapter loaded with implications for our personal pursuit of holiness.

So what does it mean that Christ died to sin? And why does it matter for our battle against personal sin? During our recent trip to Philadelphia we asked Richard Gaffin, a respected Bible teacher at Westminster Theological Seminary. This is what he said:

Other videos from our trip to CCEF and Westminster Theological Seminary

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Tony Reinke is a staff writer for Desiring God and the author of three books: Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (2011), Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (2015), and The Joy Project: A True Story of Inescapable Happiness (2015). He hosts the popular Ask Pastor John podcast, and lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their three children. He also blogs at