The Believer's Past
March 9, 2008
INTRODUCTION: These sins belong to the old life and have no place in our new life in Christ. The KJV word "mortify" means "put to death" – "completely kill your sinful actions." Because we have "died with Christ," we have the spiritual power to slay the earthly, fleshly desires that want to control us.
Romans 6:11, "Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
We might be surprised to read that living the risen life involves putting sin to death. Didn't Paul just say that that had already been done? At the moment of salvation, "our old self was crucified with Christ, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin." (Rom. 6:6)
The old self (man) was crucified in order that sin might be rendered ineffective in the believer's life. When a believer accepts Christ, a death takes place. In the spiritual reality, the believer "went to the cross" with Christ, was buried with Christ, and arose a new person. That ended any obligation to sin and its demands. One of the first aspects of victory over sin is to know the reality of the Christian experience. Death with Christ is the foundation. The experiential aspects do not necessarily flow from knowledge of truth. Paul's tendency was to move from theology to Christian experience; from our position to our practice. The believer must present his members to Christ. The fact is, people serve whom they obey.
Romans 6:16, "Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?"
"members" – the focus could be on the physical body as an instrument of sin. Paul warned against sin dominating in the body. However, these are actions, attitudes, and appearances. It identifies sins of verse 5 & verse 8. Paul see ...
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