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Dead to Sin, Alive to God, Part 3
Rom 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Every Single Christian is Dead to Sin and Alive to God!
Every single born-again Christian, through Christ, is dead to sin and alive to God. This truth is founded, not on our behavior, but on the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. One could say it is a gift for we did not earn it but when we profess faith in Christ, then by the Holy Spirit, the power and work of Salvation is accomplished in us. This work joins us to Christ who is dead to sin and alive to God.
How Are We To Live?
In light of these truths how are we to live? Well, we need to read the verses that follow Romans 6:11, namely verses 6:12-14.
(12) Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. (13) Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (14) For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
The context of our new life in Christ.
- We are a new creation in Christ Jesus.
- We live in a mortal body.
- Our mortal body has lusts that are specific to it.
- Sin is alive and well and attempts to rule our life by ruling over the lusts of our physical body.
- We are responsible to not allow sin to reign in our mortal body.
Lusts have to do with physical or emotional appetite. They are natural appetites that have progressed to a higher level of wanting. Our physical body, includes our brain and all the internal, electro-chemical workings of our thinking and emotions. We have legitimate physical and emotional needs/appetites which in themselves are not sinful but are necessary to support and maintain a healthy life. However, our natural desires/needs have the potential to become lusts; a need or desire becomes a lust when it drives one to dishonor or disobey the Lord. We all have the potential to want something so badly that the desire itself will turn us from following the Lord. The progression is desire, then lust, then sin.
Anything Can Become a Lust
We see Israel, the covenant people of God, while in the wilderness, allowing their natural needs/desires for food and water to drive them to gross disobedience. There are many examples but the following scriptures illustrate how Israel’s desire for food drove them to sin: Exodus 16:3, Numbers 11:1-6, Psa 78:18-20, 1Cor. 10:6. It is not the wanting of food and water that is wrong or a lust, but when the desire for food and water drives a person to murmur against the Lord by denying His ability to provide for them, when He specifically promises to provide for them, then their desire for food and water has progressed to a lust, and once a lust, it has the power to drive them on to sin.
I use the example of food and water to illustrate that something need not be sinful to drive us to sin. Of course, anything sinful in itself will drive us to sin but anything we want, even if innocent, has the potential to become a lust, and once a lust, then to drive us to sin.
The Power to Manage our Body
God, through the redemptive victories of Christ, gives the Christian the power to manage his/her physical body which includes the management of their appetites/wants. The management of our physical body includes the management of anything that has the potential to control our behavior or attitudes. This includes our thoughts, our emotions, our desires, our needs, our wants, our priorities, our ambitions, our perceptions, and anything else that influences the actions of our physical body.
Do Not Let Sin Reign in Your Mortal Body
The Lord says specifically “do not let sin reign in your mortal body”, Rom. 6:12. If Salvation did not give us the inherent power to rule over our physical body, then vs. 12 would be an insincere command. But that is not the case. The command is sincere for it is given to a people who are born of God, given a new heart and a new Spirit, and who have been changed inwardly by the Laws of God which are written on their hearts. It is the grace of God that enables the Christian to not only live in the Spirit but also to walk in the Spirit.
The Lord Empowers His People
The Lord has prepared, and empowered, His people for righteousness. Those who love Him, by the Spirit of Christ which is in them, will manage their physical bodies and make them instruments of righteousness which honor the Lord.
God bless you.