Do you know that between the fall of Adam and Eve and the cross of Jesus, man has been in the bondage of sin and death? Jesus has delivered us from that sin by becoming sin for us. He never sinned, yet He became our sin so that we could inherit eternal Life. Life is not just going to Heaven when we die, but eternal life begins when you receive Jesus and His righteousness. You could say it this way: Jesus became our "state' of sinfulness so we could become His "state" of sinlessnes. This is what it means when we were delivered from sin and death. Sin and death has no more power to operate in us because we now operate in the righteousness of Christ!