Reckon Yourselves Dead to Sin

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.

Romans 6:11-12

This whole chapter has been all about what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.  When He died on the cross for us, our “old man,” or, our flesh, was crucified there with Him.  And, when our flesh was crucified with Him, we were freed from it’s power over us.  We no longer have to serve sin.  We can now walk in newness of life.  We were slaves to sin and have now been freed.

In light of these truths, we come to verses 11 and 12.  They implore us to live in light of what has been done for us.  They implore us to make use of this great truth in our everyday lives.

We are told to “reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Positionally, we are dead to sin and alive to God through Jesus.  But we need to put that position into practice.  We need to reckon ourselves to be dead to sin.  We need to reckon ourselves to be alive to God through Jesus.  When sin tempts us, we need to remember that we are dead to that.  We are alive to the Lord.  We can obey Him and we can do His will.

Verse 12 tells us to “let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”  We, as Christians who have been given victory over sin, should never let sin reign in us.  We were once servants of sin.  But Jesus freed us.  We should never want to go back and serve sin again.  We should serve the Lord Jesus.  How are we doing today?

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