When we read through the Scriptures and we come across Romans 6 we often times either skip over or skim through it. It is somewhat of an uncomfortable chapter. It is filled with verses like:
“Our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.”
“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.”
When we read these verses and we either ignore and move on to more comfortable areas of Scriptures or we come up with elaborate gymnastic routines about why we don’t see this in Christians today. We formulate all sorts of doctrines, books and sermons to explain away these truths and excuse us from following them and seeing them come true in our own lives.
And then we have our weekend conferences where we get all charged up for Jesus. We jump around during the worship songs and decide that we are really going to love Jesus now. We decide to no longer be addicted to lust, or food, or sleep or any number of addictions. We get that summer camp high and we all pledge to really go after Jesus and try not to sin anymore. Then we go home and crash back into the dirt. We fail and we fail miserably. We then spend days and weeks and sometimes even months on our faces in the dirt. We lay there in our misery and we despair about our sinfulness and wretchedness. We see it in the Bible but we never see it in our lives.
We then read in popular “Christian” books today that tell us that we need to set up complicated defenses against our addictions. Or that we just need to deal with them and just make sure that we keep them in our closets and don’t allow them to creep out in public. And then we wonder why we don’t see victory and life in the Church?
Christ purchased much upon the wooden beams of the Cross. He didn’t just free us from the penalty of sin, He freed us from sin. As Christians we are no longer slaves to sin:
“Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slave of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God… that you who were once slaves of sin… having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.”
-Romans 6:16, 17, 18
“Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin… So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
-John 8:34, 36
We have been freed from sin! God cannot lie and He has promised this in His word. We need to not just know facts about what Christ purchased, we need to take these gifts and reckon them as true in our own lives. Don’t be the person who is in the water, drowning and choking on the water and all the while singing praises to the boat that can save them. They meditate upon it and memorize verses about it, but they never climb into the boat.
We need to yield ourselves fully unto Christ. Every area of our lives needs to be given to Him. We must lay our lives down and allow Christ to cloak us in Himself, in his blood. And then when we are cloaked in Him we can come into the very presence of God. And there we are given everything we need to walk a life that is dead to sin and alive to Christ.
“So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
When Christ was crucified upon the cross we also were crucified with Him upon those wooden beams. When He was buried within the earth we were also buried with Him. And when He was resurrected by the glory of the Father we were also resurrected so that we too might walk in newness of life. We must not just know about God and all the incredible things that He promised us. We must reckon them as true in our lives and step forth in faith. We must get within Christ and then abide within Him always. Every day we must cloak ourselves with Christ and His blood. Then and only then will we see victory over our sin.