So you should also consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:11).
Apostle Paul writes this portion of his letter, in Romans chapter 6 to the question of justifying God’s free gift of grace, “Should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace?”
Wherein he states, “Of course not!”
Christians should not be in support of sin! We acknowledge it. We see it and know its power. And we consider ourselves dead to the power of it and alive to God through Jesus Christ. That God’s grace gives us no right to continue on in sin but gives us this glorious and undeserved gift of eternal life.
Sin and Death, New and Eternal Life
Jesus alone, in apostle Paul’s complete knowledge of sin and death, and of new and eternal life, rests on Jesus’ one and only event of breaking sin’s power through his death (Romans 6:10). And challenges and reminds us as believer’s that we are as much (taken part) in his death as we are in his resurrection.
Because of Jesus’s victory, we are loosed. Sin loses its power and its slaves. Freedom has come to those who believe in and are a part of that victory. Not to cause restraint but for us to surrender our lives as instruments for the delight and glory of God (Romans 6:13). That our lives would be examples of righteous living. Not without mistakes (past and future), but under the repentant obedience of God and his word.
Flexibility and Sin
Apostle Paul goes on to contrast the flexibility of Christian living and the bonds of sin (Romans 6:16). That distance as well as death result in living a life of sin. And that obedience along with complete trust in his word has an outcome of living life righteously.
Paul shares with us that ultimately we become slaves to whatever we are nearest to and farthest from (Romans 6:19).
So let’s go Christians, through Jesus we live in Spirit and in power, not in so-called rights (Romans 6:23).
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