Living Lord, You fashioned me to serve and worship You. Today, I surrender to Your voice and call.
Read Romans 6:1–14
Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ
6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
- Romans 6:6 Or be rendered powerless
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ReflectPaul’s words ‘the body ruled by sin’ (v 6) don’t mean our bodies are evil, but that sin’s rule over us is clearly seen – in the things we say, eat, touch, look at, etc. How is that true for you?
It seems Paul was often misunderstood as teaching that ‘anything goes’, or that sin is good because it means more grace (v 1). Why is that wrong (vs 2,4)?
Grace is more than forgiveness (the penalty of sin has been paid); it is salvation (the power of sin has been broken, so we can live the life God made us to live). Our ‘old self’ (v 6) is our whole self, dead to one master (sin), set free to serve another – God (see vs 7,11). The decisive moment was when Jesus died on the cross and rose to new life. We were not there – but how does Paul say we have ‘died’, are ‘buried’, and ‘live’ with him (vs 8–10)?
This is the pattern of a believer’s daily life: we have already died to sin, but we are not yet free of its influence completely; Jesus has already broken sin’s power, but we are not yet able to resist it completely; we have already begun to live Jesus’ risen life, but we are not yet free of the struggles and pains of this world.
Where in your life do you need to break the power of sin (v 7)? Perhaps share this with a trusted Christian friend, that they might support you and hold you accountable as you work on it.
Loving Father, keep me alert to the deceptions of my heart, aware of my areas of weakness, and committed to being faithful to You at all times.
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