Scripture reading for July 20th: Romans 6:1-23
One of the questions that Paul knew would be asked concerned continuing in sin after salvation. The human mind is always looking for ways to justify rebellion and sin. These Romans were reasoning that since God’s grace was available without cost, why not allow God to show more of His grace by sinning? Paul put a quick end to that kind of thinking! “We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:2-4) People who have died no longer sin! We died with Christ and were raised with Him to a new life. This is acted out through our baptism.
Christ’s death delivered Him from the possibility of sin, once for all time. His resurrection was in the newness of eternal life, lived totally for God. These facts should motivate each believer in Jesus to do some counting for themselves. (Romans 6:11) They should count themselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Sin should be done away with. One of the ways to do this is to quit offering parts of your body to sin. Remember to offer all your body and its parts to God to use for righteous purposes. We can do this because of God’s grace. We are no longer under the law. We have been freed from condemnation through Jesus’ death!
So back to the question: “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey–whether you are slaves to sin, which lead to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?” (Romans 6:15-16) We choose who we will obey and sell out. If we obey sin, we reap the wages of death. If we obey Christ, we obtain through grace the free gift of eternal life! (Romans 6:23) It’s a pretty simple choice that should not take a genius to make! Why not do some godly counting today!