"Lamentation" is explained by Genesis 6; "all men's thoughts were only evil continually", does not preclude the reality that one was RIGHTEOUS (Noah!) and found favor with God.
Besides --- "none do good", must be balanced against Jesus' statement in Luke6:33 "sinners do good".But that's speaking of not walking IN the flesh. Antinomianism/Gnosticism asserts we can walk in the flesh but our SPIRIT is righteous and saved.If it is still true, and not being used to illustrate the lack of difference between Jew and Gentile, then Jesus is not righteous.
Paul used the old testament scriptures to show the recipients of his letter that the Jew and Gentile are the same in that they all sin the same.
Jesus came to free us from sin. He was successful!
I am not convicted of sin. I was paid “the wages of sin” (Ro 6:23). That wage was death.
God made a way to undergo the circumcision done without hands. (Col 2:11-13) Casting away the flesh. Paul writes of “that way” in Romans 6. Baptism into Christ, and into His death. If we die with Him, we are raised from the dead with Him, to walk in newness of life. That is when a man is re-born.
I’ve been chastened. I’ve been paid the price of my sins with death. Again, I’m not in the flesh. (Romans 8: 9-11)
Ahhh, but that's a daily struggle. Not that we fight against sin, but as James said in chapter 4 we draw near to God that God draws near to us. The closer we are to Him, the farther we are from sin.A sinner is not born again. Had he been born again, he wouldn't be walking in the flesh and satisfying fleshly lusts.
Done at WHAT "baptism"? Please look at Matt3:11-12 --- there are three baptisms there, John baptized with WATER (#1), but Jesus baptized with the SPIRIT (#2, nothing to do with water!) and with fire for sinners (#3, also nothing to do with water!).Sanctification…To be made holy, atoned for, set aside,…
Done at baptism. Ro 6:4, Walk in newness of life, God’s life.
The word "baptizo" means to immerse; sometimes in water, sometimes not. If "immersed in the Spirit" has nothing to do with water in Matt3:11, then "immersed in Jesus" in Romans6:3 also has nothing to do with water.
That also means Eph4:5, "one Lord, one faith, one baptism" also has nothing to do with water --- it is the immersion-into-Christ-and-the-Spirit.
The issue with "the old sin nature is dead and gone", is shown in Eph4:22-24 that it is a daily choice to not walk in the old nature:
"...lay aside the old man, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; put on the new man, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth."
"You. DO this!" That is the admonition in Eph4:22-24. If the "old-sinful-man" was GONE, then he would not be available to "put on". He is dead, but not gone; it's a daily choice to "take up our cross" and crucify our sinfulness, daily; a choice in which we succeed, by drawing close to Him, and exploiting HIS power to keep from sinning.
What I want most to teach is the intimacy between Christ and believer -- it is truly a "marriage". He who calls himself "Christian", has fallen in love with Christ; broken and worthless he throws himself at Jesus' feet --- who raises the man to his feet and declares, "I wash you with My own blood; follow Me, and your sins are cleansed away. I bought you forever, from the Cross, if you will but believe in Me and allow Me to indwell you and work through you."
We are slaves, there is no choice --- except what we are slaves TO. We are slaves to sin; or through Him we are enslaved to God. (Rm6:17, 22.) But His yoke is easy, His burden light; slavery to God is a marriage of love, an "indwelt fellowship of love" that lasts forever, in His perfect love, kindness, and glory. In John8 Jesus said that he who practices sin is a slave to sin; so whom the Son sets free is free indeed. We are incomplete, and are only complete in Him. That is this thing we call "Christianity".