Memorise Romans 6:2
“…How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
The answer to the question is, in a way, simple – Of course not! For the past 3 days, we have learned that a Christian is a person who has been sanctified (separated and righteous), the Holy Spirit is in him, and he is a new creature! So we are aliens and pilgrims in this world of sin – we just do not belong here! We are “in the world but not of the world”. However, the fact of the matter is that although we are born again, Christians still do fall into sin. The Apostle John wrote, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). However, he also added, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. Our flesh often wants to have it both ways! – to have salvation, and continue to enjoy sin at the same time! But if we truly love God, we would not even think of such a thing! Sin should no longer be attractive to us, nor should we yearn to ‘enjoy it’. Instead, we should detest sin, and see it in the same light that our Lord see it, for sin was the very thing that brought Jesus to the cross, and caused Him to have to suffer the cross!
This wrong thinking of wanting to enjoy sin was such a big headache for Apostle Paul that he wrote the whole chapter 6 of Romans to refute it, telling us that now as believers, we are dead to sin, and should no longer live for sin! The key here, is that we must understand our position as a new creation in Christ. To be dead to sin means we are no longer tempted or allured by it. Just as a dead person is insensitive to the world, likewise one who is dead to sin is one who no longer has any inclination for the sin of the world. Instead, we have a new life in Christ, and we should therefore walk in this ‘newness of life’ (Romans 6:4). Our desires and yearnings should now be for the things of Christ, for we live unto God. The things that we now enjoy are no longer the old sins of the past, but instead would be in being an ‘instrument of righteousness unto God’ – in doing His will and glorifying the Lord who saved us!
Thought: Thank you Lord, for being such a merciful and forgiving God.
Prayer: Help me O God for I am a sinner! May you grant me the strength to say no to sin, and yes to righteousness!