May 31, 2019
Paul encourages us to consider ourselves dead to sin, but that sounds like so much spiritual-speak. How in the world are we supposed to pull that off when our lives seem so alive to and allured by sin? This is the part of sanctification that we find not only difficult but, at times, impossible. Like Paul, we find ourselves doing what we don’t want to do and failing to do what we know God would want us to do. Our sin nature seems far from dead. It’s interesting to note that Paul reminds the believers in Rome that they were no longer under sin’s dominion. It had lost its power to rule their lives. Why? Because Jesus paid the penalty for sin with His death on the cross. The only hold sin had was the penalty of death. But Christians are alive to God in Christ Jesus. But we must constantly remind ourselves of this new reality. Sin has lost its hold. Death has lost its sting. Christ has made us new creations. And we should live like it.