Rom 6:11-14 “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 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. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”
In verse 10 of this chapter, Paul has counseled us that Jesus died (past tense) unto sin once, but that He lives (present tense) unto God. Now we have a reference point for what Paul meant when he used the word “likewise.” We are to embrace the truth that we are in likeness of His death and the likeness of His resurrection. We are to be aware of (reckon) that He has imputed His righteousness to us and caused us to be like Him.
If we believe that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the grace on the third day, then we are to consider ourselves dead to sin. This is not a make-believe situation. Paul says we are to consider ourselves “dead indeed” to sin. In Jesus, this is our reality.
Believing that sin and death have no more dominion over us does not give us license to go out and wallow in sin. If we reckon ourselves to be dead indeed to sin, then we must also reckon ourselves to be alive unto God. Since God cannot look upon sin, there is no way we can consider ourselves alive unto God if we are still trying to hold onto our love of sin. The peace of being dead indeed to sin is only recognized in our lives when we recognize that we are also alive unto God through Jesus.
Notice that for us, all of this is in present day terms. We are not going to be dead to sin at some future point. If we know that we have been baptized into the likeness of His death, then we are dead to sin now (even if we are still sinners). In the same manner, we are not alive unto God at some future point. We are alive to God now, not in our own strength, but through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We can give lip service to a belief that we are in both the likeness of Jesus’ death and resurrection all day long. However, the proof that this is true in our lives is seen in that we do not let sin reign in our mortal bodies. Again, this is a clear indication of something that is going on with us now: in eternity, our bodies will not be mortal. We are to serve (obey) God and not willing follow sinful lusts.
Our cross to bear in this world is in not surrendering (yielding) ourselves to sin. We are to resist is in our thoughts, in what we do, and in where we go. Instead, we should continually be conscious of His presence in our lives and the leading of the Holy Spirit in our thoughts and actions. We are to live as ones delivered from death and walk in the righteousness of God.
Before we get all fired up to go out and defeat sin, we need to take counsel from the word of God. We are to resist sin, but Jesus is the one who had defeated sin. Sin does not have dominion over us, because we are not under the law. We are not under the law because Jesus satisfied the law on all points. Sin does not have dominion over us because of the grace of God.
May we be thankful today for God’s grace given us through Jesus Christ and revealed in us by the Holy Spirit that we should not serve sin but live to God’s glory!