KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 6:11 “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
In our previous study we looked at the first action to take so we would be able to live above the demands of sin.
I wish to make a few points proceeding out of the previous study clear. We learnt that because we died with Jesus the body of sin was destroyed and therefore sin no longer lives in us. The question that many would ask is, why are we tempted or even have the desire to Sin as Christians? I would answer this question by taking us to the time of Adam and Eve. Before Adam and Eve sinned, did they have any sinful nature? The answer is no, yet they were tempted and sinned against God.
Their state was like the present state of the Christians. The challenge we have is we live in a body made from the earth. This earthly body has appetites and desires relating to its source. The urge to satisfy these appetites, may not have any spiritual or negative influence but by virtue of the fact that, our bodies are of the earth, and would go for the things of this earth.
Our Lord Jesus did not have any sin nature in him, yet he got hungry after He fasted, because He had an earthly body. It was His relationship to the Father and the understanding He had coupled with His decision to honour God always that put Him in state never, to sin, no matter the temptation.
Please let us take the scripture as the Bible reveals it. In our crucifixion with Jesus the body of sin is destroyed. The body of sin, no longer resides in you. Colossians 2:11 says “In whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands in putting of the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Jesus”. In this instant the Bible teaches that through the crucifixion with Jesus the body of the sins of the flesh has been put off.
Dear child of God you don’t have the nature of sin in your flesh now. Don’t think of yourself as a sinner. Every desire and urge to do wrong may either be your flesh yearning for something wrong or a demon stirring up that wrong desire in you.
In this light our key scripture comes into play. It reads “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin but alive unto God through Christ Jesus our Lord”. To reckon means to count it as truth.
Let your mind come to such a decision and consciousness. After knowing, you must acknowledge and accept that you are indeed dead unto sin but alive unto God.
I am crucified with Jesus and I know as a certainty that I am dead to sin but alive unto God. Sin cannot rule over me.
Romans 6:7. For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Romans 6:14. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law but under grace.