Dead To Sin??

 
 
For those in recovery, we relate and understand this very quickly.  For those not in recovery, we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God in some way.  So either way, Paul is laying out some of the best news ever heard in these few verses from the book of Romans!!  
 
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.  Amen!!  Our old selves, as believers submitted to Jesus Christ our lord, were crucified with Christ.  The wages of sin is death, right??!!  We are all sinners, the ultimate penalty for our sin is the death penalty.   Thanks to Adam, the first sinner, we will all suffer this penalty.  It is only through death that the chains and bondage of sin is broken in our lives.  BUT GOD – if we have accepted Jesus as Lord and submitted to His will for our lives, then through HIS death on the cross, the chains and bondage of our sins is broken!!  

Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.   Our eternal hope.  Jesus being fully human, he inherited one thing from Adam, the first sinner – mortality.   When God raised Him on the third day, Jesus earthly body was transformed into a glorified human body that is no longer subject to death.  This is the same glorified state waiting for us when, as believers in Christ, we are called home.  The ultimate power of sin over us is death.  By submitting to His death on the cross, Christ died to the power and influence of sin.  Christ now lives outside the world of sin, just as we will.  

For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.   This is our call.  The lives we live, we are to live for God.  We live IN this world, not FOR this world.  “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” Romans‬ ‭6:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬.  This is where so many get lost and confused.  Grace abounds all around us, in us and for us.  It is all we need.  We know that we don’t get “points” for doing good works, and no matter how hard we try, we can never be “good enough” to earn our own salvation.  It is, after all, a free gift.  So, that must mean I can just go on living any which way I want, pursuing all my earthly passions and wants.  Right?  WRONG!!!   We claim we have been saved through faith in Christ, and therefore we are dead to sin.  So…if we are dead to sin, how can we still live in it??  If we were crucified with Christ, breaking the chains of sin in our lives, then we will no longer live in the sin we once did.  People around you will see a difference in you.  If we are dead to sin, we will be the proverbial light in the darkness.  Then maybe (just maybe) we will have an effective message for the world around us.  Then maybe, we can carry our message to the world.  Then maybe, we can change the world, sinner to sinner, one sinner at a time.


“We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭6:6-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/rom.6.6-13.esv

 

 

John Lewis

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