10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
If you are feeling defeated by a habitual sin and guilt is getting to you, you are simply weary from fighting a battle that is not yours to fight. You need to consider what God has done for you in Christ. That is to say, when Christ died, you died together with Him. Because Christ’s death broke the power of sin, it severed your relationship with sin.
You are truly free from sin—in Christ. Yet, many believers never experience this freedom because of ignorance and unbelief. The only way for sin not to reign over you again is to factor yourself into Christ’s act of atonement.
The Apostle Paul tells us to do two things: first you should reckon yourself dead to the power of sin and also secondly, we are now alive to God through Christ. It is by fully participating in our new union with Christ that we become aware of the reality of our freedom. As such, we need to make Christ’s perfect and complete work personal for ourselves so as to enjoy and experience the full strength of God’s salvation and deliverance.
The Greek word for “reckon” is logizomai which means “to credit, to account, to impute”. Simply put, reckon is an accounting term to describe the legal transaction that took place at the Cross. When Christ died, we also died together with Him. When Christ rose from the dead, we were also raised together with Him. Having identified ourselves with His death, we died to sin and our old sin-ridden life. Having identified ourselves with His resurrection, we are no longer slaves to sin but we have been set free to live as sons and daughters of righteousness.
You have to see yourself dead to sin in order to keep sin from ruling your life and ruining your life. Choose to walk in freedom daily and not yield to temptations—in words, thought and deed. And even if you do sin, don’t let it dictate your trust in God. Learn to rest on Christ and you will overcome and be victorious.
Application: What is the Holy Spirit saying to me from today’s scripture reading? What is it saying about God and me and helping me in my Christian walk?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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