Romans 6:8-14 (ESV)
8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 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. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
The above verses are such a encouragement to me. It is just so undeserving…this new life in Christ!
Now this I know, I have first-hand experience. Sin is a horrible master, it is never satisfied. You do what it calls for and it is not content. The tempter will show right back up with a new and greater opportunity.
With this in mind, verse 11 is an awesome blessing as I read my Father’s words, “So you also much consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus (vs. 11).” I mean, there goes that mind thing again…I am to consider, think carefully about what God has spoken here and regard myself to dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. No man said that, it is God-breathed. My body and my mind do not have to be controlled by sin.
Before Christ, sin had control but Jesus died so my old nature could die and I could become a new creature in Christ. Jesus broke the power of sin and as a child of God I am to walk out this new life by surrendering my all to Christ.
Verse 12-13a gives clear instructions to “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…”
It’s that word, “reign” that really gets my attention and causes me to rejoice…because it takes all the fight out about my allowing the flesh to have its way. It allows me to see how necessary this instruction is for my walk with Christ.
I know it is a simple definition but when I see the word, reign, I immediately think rule, control, sovereign. When I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, I surrendered every bit of rule, control, sovereignty, authority to Him. It would be impossible to be surrendered to both sin and Christ. Don’t misunderstand, it’s not that I live a perfect life but believers are commanded to “present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.”
This verse tells me to present my entire being to God – body, soul, and spirit and then become His instrument. He is the Source and Power as I walk by His Spirit (Galatians 5:16-26)! This is absolutely my great blessing and honor- for the glory of God and my benefit. It is absolutely nothing we deserve BUT GOD…! And verse 14, gives us reason to know it is possible and rejoice:
“14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” As the song says, “I’m free, I’m free, no more chains holding me. Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! I’m free!”