What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Sin died. How did sin enter our existence? Through disobedience to God’s will. He said, “Do not…” And we did. Today He continues to say within us, “do not…” and are we listening? Are we obeying? It is not about a list of do’s and don’ts; it is about knowing Him and living for Him. We have Christ’s promise that the Holy Spirit is here to bring to remembrance and give understanding. When we accept Christ, we accept his death and resurrection. In that we also accept obedience to the will of God. When we accept Christ, do we return to life as it was before we knew him or do we truly realize what we are accepting? Fill our minds with Christ and we will not consider life as it was. How do we do this? We don’t so much do as be…
When we fall in love with someone, we want to spend time with them. We are filled up with them. We want to get to know them better, what they do, how they think, how they act. Our lives change from the moment we let go of considering ourselves and begin to consider the other. We learn their ways, thoughts, likes and dislikes. How do we do this? Aha! We spend time with them. We begin doing things differently. There are things we used to do we don’t do. Why? Because they don’t so now we don’t. There are things we do we didn’t do before. Why? Because they do, so now we want to. We have changed under the influence of our love for another.
So, we spend time with Christ, reading his Word and studying scripture, his ways and his thoughts. We spend time praying; talking with him, sharing with him, more than ‘gimme, gimme.’ We meditate on what he says, allowing a quiet time inviting the Holy Spirit to visit and teach us as Christ said he would. Now there are things we used to do but no longer want to. Why? Christ doesn’t. There are things we didn’t do before and now we do. Again, why? Christ does. We want to be like him, with him; we change under his influence.
Take away: we are dead to sin–not a list of do’s and don’ts but a way of living, thinking and acting. We have taken on Christ’s life and live there and the difference will be seen in us by those around us. Fill up on Christ, run with him, whatever we do, do it as unto the Lord.
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
Know Him and know who you are in Him.