Romans 6:6

New Testament

4 Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may live a new life. 5 For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we will certainly also be united in the likeness of his resurrection. 6 We know that our old man was crucified with him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 (For someone who has died has been freed from sin.) 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that since Christ has been raised from the dead, he is never going to die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 For the death he died, he died to sin once for all, but the life he lives, he lives to God.

Yoma 86a

Babylonian Talmud

These are the categories: If one violates a positive mitzva and repents, he is forgiven even before he moves from his place, i.e. immediately, as it is stated: “Return, you backsliding children, I will heal your backsliding” (Jeremiah 3:22), implying that when one repents he is immediately forgiven. If one violates a prohibition and repents, repentance suspends his punishment and Yom Kippur atones for his sin, as it is stated: “For on this day shall atonement be made for you, to purify you from all your sins” (Leviticus 16:30). If one commits a transgression that warrants karet or a sin punishable by death from the earthly court and then repents, repentance and Yom Kippur suspend his punishment, and suffering absolves and completes the atonement, as it is stated: “Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with strokes” (Psalms 89:33). But in the case of one who has caused desecration of God’s name, his repentance has no power to suspend punishment, nor does Yom Kippur have power to atone for his sin, nor does suffering alone have power to absolve him. Rather, all these suspend punishment, and death absolves him, as it is stated: “And the Lord of Hosts revealed Himself to my ears: This iniquity shall not be atoned for until you die” (Isaiah 22:14).

 Notes and References

"... While Ben Dordia’s death may be seen as a product of despair, as we discussed above, for Bar-Asher Siegal, his story should be read in the context of St. Paul who says: “The body of sin must be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For [only] he that is dead is freed from sin” (Romans 6:6-7). Death is an essential bridge to rebirth, as it was for Jesus. Rabbinic tradition also speaks of sins whose seriousness requires death as the capstone of a process that includes repentance in action, Yom Kippur, suffering and finally death ..."

Zion, Noam Talmudic Marital Dramas: Prostitutes, Rabbis, and Repentance (p. 239) Zion Holiday Publications, 2018

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