Bible Reading: Romans 6.1-7
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Romans 6:1-7
Today’s passage takes that last part of Romans 5 one step further. Once one is saved, what is the point of not sinning, as God’s grace is always equal to the task? By example: I love my son Logan. I take joy in forgiving him when he lets me down, because I love him. Since I love him so much, shouldn’t he sin all the more to demonstrate the depths of my grace? It’s pretty outlandish isn’t it? In continually sinning Logan is showing me and others that he truly values himself more than his relationship with me.
In verse 3, Paul reminds us that believers are dead to sin through the work of Jesus on the cross. Sin was once an integral part of our nature, but all of that changed when we chose to step out in faith, trusting in the power of the cross to change us forever. The Message translation says that we are “no longer at sin’s beck and call.”
Galatians 2:20 says “we are crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who lives by Christ in me.” Just as physical death could not hold Jesus and he was resurrected, through Jesus we have died to sin and are resurrected. Our sin nature doesn’t define us anymore. Instead we can have “newness of life.”
In my own life I have found that in fighting sin, God has a part and I have a part. When I am in a cage of sin, God has already opened the door in grace, but I must walk through that grace into freedom and newness of life. And often the decision to choose freedom is one I must make over and over before I am truly free of its temptation.
Are you struggling to let go of a habitual sin, living in a cage of your own creation? Meditate on 2 Corinthians 5:17: you are a new creation, the old has passed away, and the new has come. Today, walk through that door and live in newness of life, and tell someone that you are trusting it to God.
Weekly Memory Verse: Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5.17