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Devotional - week of March 18, 2012


DEAD TO SIN

 

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:11

 

The idea of the word “reckon” is that we are to believe that we are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. The word “sin” is not a reference to specific “sins.” It refers to our sin nature which is that we think we are wise. The idea of “dead” is “separation.” That is we are to believe that we do not have to be under the control of our sin nature.

 

“Likewise” ties verse 11 to verse ten which says, “For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.” Jesus can no longer be tempted to sin. He is dead to sin. He is separated from it and He is alive to God—with God. We are to believe that the same is true of us.

 

But how can this be? The answer is found in Romans 6:3-6. Verses 3-5 tell us that we have been baptized into the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus—by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). We are spiritually crucified, buried and resurrected.

 

Romans 6:6 says:

 

… our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

 

This means that because our old man which is our sin nature and all is has produced in us has been crucified, our bodies have been set free from the sin nature. The result is that we no longer have to be the slaves of sin. We are to believe that. We also are to choose not to live out of our sin nature but to yield ourselves to God.

 

If it is our old man that has been crucified, how does that make us dead to the sin nature of our old man? Imagine this. You have been close to someone who has influenced you to live in and is now dead. Because he is dead, you are dead to him and his influence.