Sanctification: This is no game of “Let’s Pretend”
REVIEW: 5:20-21 Sin results in death. Death was the final result of Adam’s family, but now (!) life eternal is the result for those who believe in Jesus Christ and have joined His family.
The sins of Adam’s life did not condemn us, but his one sin, his original sin. So it is with Jesus, His one act of going to the cross and dying paid the price for all of our sins – His one and only one crucifixion!
To grasp the importance of this turn we look to Paul’s confession in 1 Timothy 1 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. Although born into Adam’s family we are reborn into Jesus’ family and Jesus says in John 10 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
The Question – 6:1 Paul’s own experience taught him all the law keeping in the world could not bring the assurance of pardon and peace with God, but faith in Christ did so immediately – see 5:1
The Answer – 6:2 By no means! (God forbid! Certainly not! Absolutely not! Heaven forbid! May it never be! By no means! That’s unthinkable! What a ghastly thought! What a terrible thought!) Life in sin cannot coexist with death to sin!
#1 of 3 The Need to Know
6:3-5 Did you forget [or Don’t you know]
6:4 … just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory and power of the Father, we too might walk habitually in newness of life [abandoning our old ways]. A life of unrestrained unrepentant sinful behavior cannot coexist with death to sin. The purpose of the Christian’s resurrection is that he or she should walk in the newness of life.
Crucified and Dead
6:6-7 We know … might be done away [might be rendered inoperative].
6:8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. The death of our Lord completely and totally removed the guilt and penalty of our sin. We must be convinced of this truth, of this fact, know it without question in our mind if we are to live a holy and sanctified life before the Lord.
To be freed from sin does not mean we will never sin again, it means instead we will never be judged and sentenced by God for that sin. Our new life in Christ is to be celebrated, not soiled by ongoing journeys into old sinful habits.
Death No Longer Our Master
6:9-10 For we know … The 3rd know. The sanctified life begins by knowing, knowing in our minds and only then followed by emotion. What do we know? Jesus died for our sins, paid the price for our sins and as a result we become holy in Him … sanctified, set apart. Saints.
#2 of 3 Consider Yourself Dead
6:11-12 … count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. This is no game of “Let’s pretend.”
So, do not let sin rule over you ·do not submit to your bodies (evil/sinful) desires.
#3 of 3 Present Yourself to God
6:13 instruments, better as weapons. Once we have been justified, we offer ourselves or present ourselves to God. Being justified and made righteous we do not offer our members – our eyes, our hands, our feet, our minds – up for sinful purposes, but offer them up to God to use. Once we have been justified, we offer ourselves up to God. There comes a point when we must decide to live for God and abandon the sinful habits of the past.
Sin No Longer Our Master
6:14 The law demanded obedience, but grace supplies the will and the power to obey; hence grace breaks the mastery of sin as law could not.