Victory over Sin. Part 1

Rom 6:8-9 KJV 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

Christ calls us not only to die to our old lives, but also to live fully for Him in our new ones. Just as we are buried with Christ in our baptism, we are raised to our new life in Him. Our new life in Christ is modeled after His new life after His resurrection. No longer in slavery to death’s reality, Christ was raised by God to never die again. If we have been buried with Christ, then likewise, we’ve been raised with Him to our new lives. Death is a major consequence of sin, but I’m Christ we are free from death!

Paul in a sense, repeated himself throughout this section. But as a good teacher, he desired for this incredible truth to sink in, and we ought to read this passage slowly to let it sink in fully. Christ died once and for all, covering by His sacrifice the sin debt every human owes. His death made our life possible, and His gift of life is richer and deeper than we’ve ever experienced before, more than we could ever ask or imagine.

Because of Christ death and subsequent resurrection, “….he liveth unto God.” Romans 6:10 Absolutely everything in Christ’s life is God-focused. Jesus is the complete victor over sin and death, so He now lives in constant unbroken fellowship with God the Father. And thanks to Jesus, we can also live our lives in unbroken fellowship with God. Like Jesus, we should live our lives toward God as well. But we often find that hard to do, don’t we? In Christ, we are dead to sin, but sin doesn’t always seem dead to us! But Paul has called us to rest on the truth of our death and life 8n Christ. When Paul told us to “…… reckon ye also yourselves to be dead to indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Romans 6:11. He used a legal and business term. To reckon is simply to deal with the facts. An accountant does not balance the spreadsheet as she wishes; she considers the numbers in front of him and renders a truthful “bottom line” based on those numbers.

If you are a Christian, sin can’t tell you what to do. You are no longer under it’s jurisdiction. Sin has no authority over our lives. Sin can’t make us do anything anymore. We are no longer trapped in this endless cycle  of guilt and shame, of promising to do better only to fail again.  The bottom line for us is that we are dead to sin but alive to God in Christ. Those are the facts. We have only to live our lives in line with those wonderful facts. Just as Jesus lives a God-focused life, we are to do the same.

Originally published by Bible Studies for Life

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