I have read Romans 6 over and over lately, I think I feel a little bad that we’re leaving it and going on to Romans 7, which I can’t wait for by the way. But Romans 6 has changed the way I think. The last month it has engulfed me as Paul challenges me 3 times to know, then to think about the facts to consider by presenting myself to God (as in Romans 12:1, 2).
Let me explain, look at 3 of the first 9 verses in Romans 6.
- Romans 6:3 says “Or do you not know”
- Romans 6:6 says “knowing this”
- Romans 6:9 says “knowing that”
Knowing what we have in Christ…
Knowing that we were who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His 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. Romans 6:3, 4
Knowing 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. and we who have died is freed from the bondage of sin. Romans 6:6, 7
Knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Romans 6:9, 10
Paul says to consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11
Consider (logiðzomai) to reckon, count, compute, calculate, count over… This word deals with reality. If I “logizomai” or reckon that my bank book has in it, it has in it. Otherwise I am deceiving myself. This word refers to facts not suppositions. (The New Testament Greek Lexicon)
Romans 6:11 is an exhortation, Paul’s urging, warning us to do something “consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
“THINK!” I must have always in mind what the Lord Jesus has done on the Cross… The finished work of Christ, no halfway here, He does half and we meet Him and we do the rest, NO! He is the author and perfecter of our faith, fix our eye’s on Him Hebrews 12:2. He has provided us with the perfect ultimate example of a life of faith… As one writer put it “At no time did He falter or turn back. He kept His eyes fixed on the coming glory when all the redeemed would be gathered with Him eternally. This enabled Him to think nothing of shame and to endure suffering and death.”
Jesus said in John 19:30 “It is finished!” It is crucial that we fix our eyes on Jesus because we are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory 2 Corinthians 3:18. Its He who began the good work in us Philippians 1:6 YES! there is a sense we work out our salvation, but that’s because it is God who is at work in us Philippians 2:12, 13, we follow His lead because we are “In Christ” presenting ourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and our members as instruments of righteousness to God. Romans 6:13
I needed to “KNOW THIS” and remind myself that just as I could do nothing for my justification, so I also can do nothing in myself for my sanctification, I’m already set apart for Christ, I just need to behave like I am… by His doing we are in Christ Jesus, Christ has done it all, I just need to follow His lead and fix my eyes on Him as my Lord and Master Jesus Christ and the cross… Walking in newness of life.
We walk by faith, not by sight– 2 Corinthians 5:7
After all I have been raised from death to life so I should walk in newness of life Romans 6:4
Though sin remains in me, it shall not reign in my life… O Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?
… and that’s why I look forward to Romans 7.
After all I have been
raised from death to life
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria