Our new lives in Jesus are paid for, died for, resurrected for and furnished for us with the Holy Spirit as our guide. Today we can proclaim to ourselves that we are dead to sin and alive to Jesus. Abound in grace and abound in new life today…
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have 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. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
When we read Paul’s statements about carrying on in sin that grace may increase, it seems crazy doesn’t it? Certainly to choose sin based on the knowledge that God’s grace abounds is faulty logic and for the one whose heart is set on following Jesus, this would be hurtful to our Lord, who suffered for each and every sin we commit.
As we progress further into these ideas, though, we also see that sin is a foreign action for the redeemed. For those who have been baptized into Jesus, that includes being baptized into his death. And after death, sin has no hold on us. Just as Jesus has been raised into glory, our future resurrection will be into a glorified sinless state. Our encouragement today is to live with that resurrected eternal mind even now.
“We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” That should be our daily pledge. Our old selves have been crucified with Christ so that we will no longer be enslaved to sin. Do you consider your life this way? I have to confess sometimes I don’t.
Sometimes I experience and struggle with temptation and lazy living and resign myself to the reality that it’s life. It’s just life, and that’s the way it is. There isn’t anything I can do about it so I’m trapped. I’m a victim. I’m going to struggle with lust or anger or jealousy or pride or whatever it is. I’m a lost cause.
I will continue to sin and grace will continue to abound until it spills out my ears and up to my neck. I’ll be drowning in grace because I’m swimming in sin. And that’s not what God has for me. He has something way better:
“Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
“Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.“
“The life he lives, he lives to God,” and so the life we live we can also live to God.
The new life is paid for, died for, resurrected for and furnished for us with the Holy Spirit as our guide. How do we get there? The next verse (11) simply says “count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
Count yourself. Consider yourself. Proclaim to yourself that you are dead to sin and alive to Jesus. Just as sin starts from within us when desire conceives it (James 1:15), the new life can be lived if our desire for God gives birth to our conviction that what God says is true and what he has done is sufficient. We are dead to sin and we are alive to God.
Abound in grace and abound in new life. Leave sin behind and set your mind on living your new life in Christ even now…