Romans 6:11-12 ( posted 11-14-13 )
“ 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. “
“ Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. “
Just like in the verse of our last study;
“ For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. “ Romans 6:10
Paul wants those of us who follow Jesus to look at ourselves in the same way.
But here is what we need to do further.
“ Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. “
Since we were crucified with Christ, we are no longer under the control and dominion of sin and its consequences.
However, Paul is still having to instruct us to not give in to sin.
Even though we are no longer under sin's control, there is still temptation to give in to sin.
Jesus said this to born again christians;
“ I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the lastto bemore than the first.
Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
But that which ye havealreadyhold fast till I come.
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.“ Revelation 2:19-27
Even though we are dead to sin, we still have to overcome sin.
There is still an element of effort on our part in maintaining our salvation in Christ since as James clearly said;
“ What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? “ James 2:14
“ For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. “ James 2:26
“ If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. “ James 1:26
Paul did say our salvation is by grace through faith, not of works;
“ For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast. “ Ephesians 2:8-9
While this is true, the issue of faith itself is the problem.
Is our faith producing works and fruit of righteousness that identifies us as true believers and followers of Jesus... or not?
If not, then according to James our faith is useless...even dead.
If we are willfully living in sin as a lifestyle then it is obvious our faith is dead...according to James.
Since our salvation hinges on our faith then our salvation is in question if our faith isn't producing fruit and works unto righteousness.
This has nothing to do with the general excuse of “ legalism “ which is used today as an excuse justify living in sin.
As in Jesus' statement to the believers in Thayatira, we as born again christians still need to repent.
One reason we do not receive answers to prayer is because God knows we will consume it upon our lust...even as born again christians.
“ From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. “ James 4:1-4
Technically, while we cannot humanly avoid committing sin even as a born again christian, we can avoid habitually willfully living in sin.
That is the difference in being able to stay in “ the faith ” and leaving “the faith.”
Paul said clearly;
“ I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: “ 2 Timothy 4:7
Jesus Himself clearly said;
“ I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and everybranchthat beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.“ John 15:1-2
My friend, it is Biblically true that our salvation is by grace in response to our faith but if our faith itself does not bear fruit our faith is dead.
This is one reason Paul said we need to evaluate ourselves and see if we really are in “ the faith.”
“ Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? “ 2 Corinthians 13:5
Romans chapter 6 is a widely disputed chapter within evangelicalism today.
Evangelicals either believe they are so perfect and complete in Christ that there is no issue of sin in their life at all and therefore there is no need for repentance and no need to overcome sin...that it is as if they can do no wrong at all, or they believe they are divinely appointed to go to Heaven with no need to repent, no need to even believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, that they were predestined to go to Heaven and there is no need for anything to do on their part, or to the other extreme they think they will go to hell if they commit sin, have to be baptized in water or else they will go to hell, and have to earn Heaven - ( which is legalism ) And then there are evangelicals who think their one time experience of salvation down at the altar guarantees them Heaven and they can live like satan and still make it to Heaven.
We will learn more about the issue of sin in the life of the born again christian as we continue through this chapter.
I will continue with verse 13 in the next study.
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