Count Yourself Dead to Sin

Daily God Walk for Thursday, October 20, 2011

  If we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him… The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.         – Romans 6:8-11

 

Sometimes I think we don’t realize the full significance of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. We see it as the package which brings us salvation, but too often we don’t go any further with it than that. In this passage Paul is trying to show us how that is significant to us in our journey of faith.

He is telling us that when we begin our journey of faith in Christ we become as dead to our old life. The reality is that our old nature is still at work in us, if it wasn’t we would never sin again. That is why he says in verse 11, “count yourselves dead to sin.” What does that mean to us?

Paul seems to be saying that the principle is that when we are converted we have submitted our old life to Christ and when we are baptized it is a symbol of burying our old life. Now that we have new life, the Christ life, in us we are to live as if our old nature was truly dead.

I am reminded of the story of the old Indian who was explaining his own battle with good and evil. He said it was like having two dogs fighting inside of him. When asked which dog wins the fight he said, “The one I feed the most.” And that is true of the two natures living in us.

If being dead to sin were an automatic and permanent state after our conversion the Paul would not have said, “count yourselves dead to sin.” In the original language this word means to consider, to reason suppose or think.

As we are being transformed into his image we must continue to consider ourselves alive in him and dead to our past way of life, particularly as regards sin. We will find that when we give more thought to the life of Christ in us and his will being expressed in us that we think less about the old life. That’s transformation.

 Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the life I have in Christ. Grant me the grace to count myself dead to sin. In Jesus name, amen.

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