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Romans 6:11-12 - In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
Consider the gift we were given. In the midst of our rebellion, Jesus came to us. While we were yet sinners, he died for us. Romans 5:8 There is nothing that we deserve except complete alienation from God and the suffering that would follow. Yet, God did not lash out in judgement. He showed us mercy. Now he asks that we would receive his Son, Jesus, by faith. He calls us to claim Jesus as our merciful Lord - to follow and obey him unconditionally.
God did not only rescue us, but he joined us with his Son, Jesus. As we grab hold of his gift of grace, we become tied with Jesus in his death and resurrection. In other words, we are the recipients of everything that Jesus went through. He died to sin, so we died to sin. He rose up from the grave in victory. We also have risen to new life in Jesus.
Given the mercy poured out on us, one would think that we would do nothing else than please our Savior. How could we even think of turning back to sin when he has gone to such great lengths to save us from it. Yet, it is true that we can be dead to sin, yet still try to resurrect those dead bones. As humans, we have this tendency of going back to the grave and digging around through lifelessness (i.e. our sin).
This is why Paul exhorts us in Romans 6:11 to remember that we have already died to sin. He is saying, "Stop and consider what has happened. You are in the family of God. You have a new life in the house of your Father. Why would you wander back to the grave and dig up dead bones?" We need to be reminded that we have died to sin and to let that sin stay dead.
We are able to walk away from sin with confidence when Jesus is Lord of our bodies. Paul says, "Do not let sin reign in your bodies." Romans 6:12 Instead, we are to let Jesus reign. He is the King… meaning complete submission to his authority is fitting and right. The focus of our lives should be on letting him reign. Any imposter to the throne (i.e. idols, sinful habits, etc.) needs to be quickly thrown down.
Let God reign.
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