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Devotional - week of August 5, 2007


LIVING OUT THE FIVE COMMANDS

 

Likewise you also, reckon [ believe] yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.  Romans 6:11-13

 

Some believers understand the theology of their oneness with Christ in their spiritual crucifixion, burial and resurrection. They deeply desire to experience their oneness with Christ throughout the day by obeying the five commands in this passage. They have difficulty, though, in remembering the commands. If you have that problem, you might consider the following suggestion.

 

The first command is that we believe we are dead to sin and alive to God. This command needs to be remembered just as it is. That should not be difficult.

 

In obeying the second and third commands, we live out our being dead to sin. In obeying the fourth and fifth commands, we live out our being alive to God. 

 

All five commands can be obeyed by connecting commands two and three to the first part of the first command and by connecting commands four and five to the second part of the first command. Here is an attempt to do that.

 

Since I know I am dead to sin, I refuse to permit my body or any member of my body to be under the control of my know-it-all attitude (my sin nature).

 

Instead, since I know I am alive to God, I make myself available to Him as being spiritually crucified, buried and resurrected and I make the members of my body available to Him to be used as instruments of righteousness.

 

Pray that the Lord will enable you to put together the two sentences in a way you can remember them. All that is necessary is to relate commands two and three to the first part of the first command and commands four and five to the second part of the first command.