to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice *
November 08, 2019 – Friday
Romans 6:11-14 NIV
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.
14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 6:11-14 LEB
11 So also you, consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey its desires,
13 and do not present your members to sin asinstruments of unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead, and your members to God as instruments of righteousness.
14 For sin will not be master over you, because you are not under law, but under grace.
First of all, an explanation of why I included the LEB (Lexham English Bible) version as well as the NIV. Some of the earlier verses that will be referenced in the NIV speak of the old self while the LEB speaks of the old man where both do not refer to age, but to the person – old self or old man – a Christian once was. My preference is for the reference to the old man, but you may look at both side by side here.
The whole of this chapter revolves around the question Paul asks in verse one and answers in verse two, then goes on to state what he thinks should be made clear to the new believers.
1 What therefore shall we say? Shall we continue in sin, in order that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we may live a new way of life [literally ‘in newness of life]. 5 For if we have become identified with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly also we will be identified with Him in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified together with Him, in order that the body of sin may be done away with, that we may no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For the one who has died has been freed from sin. (LEB) (Boldface added so the emphasis of what Paul was saying may be better understood. Underlined to note LEB’s provided note of a literal translation.)
With this in mind, let us take a look a verse twelve Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. The key word here is reign which Strong’s defines as to rule – literally or figuratively. In other words we are no longer to live a life of sin. Oh we still have the flesh and may trip and fall in thought or deed, but we are dead to sin so we are able with the help of the Holy Spirit to struggle and rise back up and continue living in our new way of life. Before we died to our old self or old man this would have been impossible, but with our new life we no longer have to obey the sin that seeks to reign in our lives.
Our old self, our old man, is thankfully dead and has no power. However, our culture seeks to have us sin and live a life of sin. To do otherwise is seen as a rebuke to those who choose a life of sin and they are correct for God intends it to be so. Thus they hate those who choose to die to sin through Jesus. Then beyond our culture, Satan is always encouraging us to sin as well. Our choice enrages him to no end as we no longer belong to him, but to Jesus. He no longer in any way reigns in our lives. It is the Holy Spirit, Jesus, and the Father who reign in our lives. Because they reign in our lives we have the ability to no longer obey the evil desires of the body.
We are incredibly blessed and going to church, engaging in corporate prayer, worship, as well as study of God’s word only strengthens us and His reign in our hearts. Take the time to go to church this weekend and join other formerly wretched souls there in worship and prayer. Share with you eternal brothers and sisters in Christ.
Have a Great Weekend.
(to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)
* Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22_