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Focal Passage:  Romans 6:1-14

Romans 6:14 “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”

It might be relatively easy to be confused by Paul’s wording here.  After all, the law tells us what we should and should not do, so it would seem to make sense that being under it would result in sin having no dominion over us.  Here is the problem:  whereas the law instructs on what to do, it doesn’t enable us to do it.  That’s what grace does.  Without grace, we would stand under condemnation in the face of the law with no ability or desire to keep it.  This would lead only to condemnation and the dominion of sin over us.  Grace, on the other hand, gives us the capability to obey the law by instilling in us a desire to do so.  Praise God that He has granted to His children His grace so that sin does not reign in us.

Study/Meditation:  How is it that living under the law would give sin dominion in your life?  How does living under grace enable you to obey the law?

*Father, thank You for Your grace.  Amen.

Focal Passage:  Romans 6:1-14

Romans 6:13 “Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.”

Having been freed from the bondage of slavery to sin, believers must consciously devote every part of their bodies and minds to righteousness.  As stated before, though saved we are still living this life in fallen bodies which are often guided by our fallen states of mind.  We must recognize our own propensity for sin and then make a decisive effort to use every part of us—mind, body, and heart—for the sake of righteousness in God’s work.  This is not an automatic function once we are redeemed.  That’s why Paul makes this point in verse 13, telling us to purposefully give all of ourselves to righteousness, thereby keeping all of ourselves from unrighteousness.  It takes discipline and training to do this, which is why Paul also refers to this life in many other instances as a race or a fight.  We are to fight the good fight and run the good race.  This can only be accomplished through training and discipline.

Study/Meditation:  In what ways can you discipline and train yourself to present all of you as an instrument for righteousness rather than one for unrighteousness?

*Father, help me as I seek to give all of myself to You and to Your work.  Help me see the areas of my life that need refining and rededication to You.  Amen.

Focal Passage:  Romans 6:1-14

Romans 6:12 “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions.”

Paul just wrote in the sentence above this one that we are to know who we are in Christ.  Now he is saying that once we know who we are, we must act like who we are in Christ.  However, he makes an important distinction in this directive, one we should not overlook.  Paul is absolutely not saying that being a Christian requires being without sin.  By virtue of the fact that he uses the phrase “let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies” demonstrates that sin is in there.  He wouldn’t direct us against giving it reign if it wasn’t already there.  The fact of the matter is that we sin.  What he is directing us toward is the place sin holds within us now that we are in Christ.  It does not rule us.  We are ruled by the Holy Spirit and our subsequent desires for righteousness.  This is the battle we face in these mortal bodies, but it is one over which we have victory now that we are in Christ.  Know who you are and behave as you have been made to be.  That’s the mysterious joy of living in Christ.

Study/Meditation:  What is the distinction between when sin reigns in you and when you sin even though it does not reign in you?  Where do you find your strength in this battle?

*Father, help me as I battle sin in my life.  Thank You for placing the Holy Spirit in me to rule and reign there.  Amen.

By Christian Bonner (learning2surrender.today)

Thank you for joining me on my blog. My name is Christian. I am a SAHHSMWDCOG. For those of you who don’t know current lingo, that stands for Stay At Home, Home Schooling Mom, Wife, Daughter, Child of God. Okay, so I added a few extra letters to that abbreviation and could probably make it a lot longer. Anyway, starting our relationship off with a confession, it has taken me entirely way too long to start this blog.

I have avoided starting for quite a few reasons. One of them is that I like to have a plan. I wanted all my blogs to be ready, researched, and perfect before I got started. But those are just excuses and most likely topics we will address in the future. If I’m going to continue being honest with you, I should tell you that the real reason for delay is that I struggle with my own surrender to God.  (more…)

Focal Passage:  Romans 6:1-14

Romans 6:11 “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

It is extremely difficult for many Christians to view themselves as redeemed.  They think they’ve done too much, sinned too much to see themselves in any other way than through the lens of this sin.  They may say something like, “I know me.  I know who I am and what I’ve done.”  Paul is reminding us to really know ourselves.  Yes, we sin because we are sinners, but we are sinners who have been made new.  Paul says, “Consider yourselves dead to sin.”  In other words, “Know who you are now.  Know that you are not only a sinner who still battles sin, but you are a sinner who has been redeemed and in whose body sin no longer holds dominion.”  And then even more than that, Paul is reminding us that not only does sin no longer reign in us but that Christ  does.  Know who you are.  You are the very Bride of Christ, the redeemed of the Lamb.  This is not the power of positive thinking; this is redemption done fully and completely for us by our Savior, Jesus Christ.  You are redeemed, and that by the blood of the Lamb.

Study/Meditation:  What is the difference between what Paul is preaching in Romans 6:11 and what Norman Vincent Peale haled in “The Power of Positive Thinking”?  (Hint:  Who is at the center of each teaching?)  Why is it so imperative that believers live in what Paul teaches?

*Father, thank You that I am redeemed.  Thank You that I have been set free from the bondage of sin and that I am alive in You.  Amen.

Focal Passage:  Romans 6:1-14

Romans 6:9-10 “We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.  For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.”

Upon what do we base our belief in our futures with Christ?  Paul answers that question immediately following his declaration that we have that belief.  Our Savior, Jesus Christ, was resurrected, and when that occurred, He defeated death on our behalf.  And when He defeated death, He also defeated sin and its power over all who believe on Him.  He did that one time and it only took that one time.  Now He lives and reigns in heaven with His Father.  We know that our futures are secure in Christ because no simple lip service was given to this salvation.  It was accomplished.  It is finished.  This is the Savior upon Whom we place our trust, our hope, and our belief.  He is a mighty Savior, worthy to reign and rule over all.

Study/Meditation:  Meditate for a few moments today on the complete saving work of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He is mighty to save.

*Father, thank You that my future is secure in the finished work of Christ.  Amen.