Romans 6:8-12

In Romans 6:8-12 Paul continues to school us on our salvation and Christ’s death on the Cross. Since we have already died to sin with Jesus, death no longer has any claim over us. The new man not only has life; he has eternal life. “Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” We are set free from sin because the old man has died with Jesus on the cross. Now a new man, a free man, lives. And we live with Jesus, in heaven for eternity. It’s a once and done thing. The price for our sin never has to be paid again. “We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.” Death is defeated once and for all on the Cross.

The new life we are granted isn’t given so we can live for ourselves and our own selfish desires. With the new life, we should live for God. We aren’t dead to sin, free from sin, and given eternal life to live as we please, but to live to please God. “For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.” When we are set free from sin, we should be focused on obedience to God and His will. Much of what God wants us to do is written in His manual for living – the Bible. We don’t have to wonder what obedience looks like. We merely need to read the Bible and we can see clearly what God’s intent is for a Christ Follower.

In the original text the word Paul tells us to use in how we see ourself in relationship to sin is the word ‘reckon’ rather than to consider ourselves dead. Reckon is an accounting word. Paul tells us to account or to reckon the old man as forever dead. God never calls us to “crucify” the old man, but instead to account him as already dead because of our identification with Jesus’ death on the cross. “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” But the opposite of being dead to sin is being alive to God through Christ. The death to sin is only one side of the equation. The old man is gone, but the new man lives on in relationship with God.

This is something that can only be said to the Christian, to the one who has had the old man crucified with Christ and has been given a new life in Jesus. Only the person set free from sin can be told, “do not let sin reign.” “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.” In Jesus, we are truly set free and are offered the opportunity to obey the natural inclination of the new man – which wants to please God and honor Him. We can be victorious over sin through Christ. It’s a matter of focusing on obedience and considering things in light of God’s Word. The old man is dead, and there is new life – free from sin – in Jesus. Yet, many Christians never experience this freedom. Because of unbelief, self-reliance, or ignorance, many Christians never live in the freedom Jesus paid for on the cross. Are you living in that victory?

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