Romans 6: 8-14, Sanctification.
Sanctification comes after justification. Before justification, your default setting is walking in the flesh. After justification, your default setting is walking in the Spirit. Galatian 5:17 says that there is a war between the flesh and the Spirit, between sin and righteousness, between law and grace, between eternal death and eternal life. Sanctification is the process of growing in righteousness and winning the war over sin. Here are 4 practical steps on how you can win the war over sin. 1. Claim the resurrection power of Christ. 2. Reckon yourself dead to sin. 3. Resist the temptation to sin. 4. Present your body to God.
VV 8-10, ”8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God”.
Claim the resurrection power of Christ. Through the immersion of baptism, the old life is crucified, buried, and rendered powerless. Emerging out from the water of baptism gives you a new life with the resurrection power of Jesus. The power that conquered death and raised Jesus from death. Jesus died to sin once and for all to set you free from sin and death give you righteousness and eternal life.
V 11 ”Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
Reckon yourself dead to sin. The Greek word for reckon is ”logizomai”, which means to deliberate on, to meditate over, to know, to understand. Understand that you are dead to sin but alive to God in Christ. Know that you are now a slave to your new Christ, who operates by grace and righteousness. Use your heart to reckon and act on it.
V 12 ”Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts”.
Resist the temptation to sin. Do not let sin be king of your body. Enthrone Christ and dethrone sin. James 4:7 b, ”Resist the devil and he will flee from you”. Keep away from temptation and flee from it. Foster accountability by telling someone about your struggle. Use your will to resist temptation.
VV 13-14, ”13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace”.
D. Present your body to God. Replace temptation by serving God to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. ”Grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ”, 2 Peter 3:18. ”Present your body to God as a living sacrifice”, Romans 12: 1-2. Present every part of your body to God and not to satan. Allow God to use your body for righteousness. God is aiming to train you in righteousness, holiness, and transformation. Your new King is Christ and not satan. You are under grace, not law.
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us practical steps to overcome sin. Sanctify us with the truth of Your word. Help us resists temptation and replace it by seeking first the glory of God, in Jesus’ name, Amen.