Romans 6:13-14 ( posted 11-22-13 )
“ Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. “
“ Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: “
The Greek word “ mele “ translated “ members “ means a limb or part of the body.
The Greek word “ hopla “ translated “ instruments “ means a tool or weapon use for war.
This gets down to the basic facts about life.
Paul is telling us to avoid using our body and its specific parts to fulfill our lusts and passion.
This refers to anything we use our bodily parts for that involves lust whether it be for food, beverage, visual observance, listening, and what we do with our hands for sexual entertainment and fulfillment.
When we use our bodily parts to fulfill our lusts and give in to temptation, Paul says we are actually using our bodily parts as weapons of war.
Paul meant we are militarily opposing God by giving in to sin.
By the way, not all but much of our temptation we bring on ourselves, as we cannot always blame satan for everything, since it is us that will stand judgment and we will not be able to stand before God and blame satan.
We will not be able to blame God either, as many do, both saved and unsaved.
God will hold us accountable.
James clearly said;
“ Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. “ James 1:13-15
James also said;
“ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. “ James 4:7
“ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. “ 1 Peter 5:8-9
“ Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
Neither give place to the devil. “ Ephesians 4:26-27
“ but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, “
Remember that when we came to believe in God's Son Jesus, we were rebirthed spiritually into God's family, died to sin being crucified with Christ, and then brought to a new life in Jesus as a new creation.
When our new creation is tempted, we can call on God for help.
We did not do this before we believed in Jesus...nor did we even care.
We care now, because we have a relationship with the Lord.
“ Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. “ 1 Corinthians 10:12-14
“ and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. “
It is interesting that Paul described in the same way he described us using our body parts as weapons to sin, rather using our body parts as weapons of righteousness unto God.
This is a descriptive act on our part of resisting satan.
Keep in mind this warfare of resisting satan and yielding to God is spiritual.
“ Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. “ Ephesians 6:10-20
“ For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. “
Always remember that since we believed in Jesus, sin no longer has dominion over us.
So, what sin we commit we do willingly.
It is a common fact of life, even for a born again christian, that giving in to sin is because of loving the sin.
“ Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. “ 1 John 3:6-10
Unfortunately, many evangelicals today take this to mean that after a person becomes saved, he or she cannot commit sin.
It is assumed we are so perfect that we can never do wrong.
They think that God just turns His head and ignores the sin we commit as if it never really happened.
Interestingly enough, Paul warned that we as born again christians will all have to give account of the things we did here on earth, both good and bad things.
“ For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. “ 2 Corinthians 5:10
The grammar usage in John's statement here is in the continuous present, ongoing tense.
Even his mention of loving or not loving our brethren in Christ is in the continuous present.
In other words, what John is technically saying to us is that a born again christian willfully living in sin and hating his family in Christ is not saved.
While we remain in Christ fully yielded to Him, we “ cannot “ willfully live a lifestyle of sin nor hate the brethren as a lifestyle because we are a new creation.
The love and desire to sin and hate anyone is not in our heart.
My friend, if we have a problem with loving a certain sin, we need to re-evaluate the consequences of living in that sin we love so much. If we claim to love our spouse, will anyone other than her or him give us satisfaction?
Not if we truly love our spouse.
Likewise, if we claim to love Jesus, will that sin we love so much give us more pleasure than Him?
It has to do with relationship.
If we love our spouse we will be loyal to him or her.
If we love a friend we will be loyal to him or her.
If we love Jesus we will be loyal to Him.
It is a choice of where we place our heart.
I will continue with verse 15 in the next study.
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