omans 6: 8-14, Sanctification, Part 1.
After justification, we encounter the war of the flesh. The 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 to win the war of the flesh.
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.
Having died with Christ, we shall live with Him. Death had no power over Christ and death will have no power over us. Since Christ died to God and lives for God, we are to die to Christ and lives for Christ.
V 11, Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Greek for reckon is ”logizomai” which mean to understand. We are to understand that we are dead to sin but alive to God in Christ, our Lord and master.
V 12, Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
We are not to allow sin to be king over our mortal body. We are to enthrone Jesus Christ as our King and dethrone sin from being king over us.
James 4:7 b, ”Resist the devil and he will flee from you”.
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.
We are to not present our bodies as instruments of sin to be used by satan but to present our bodies as instruments of righteousness to be used by God. Sin shall have no power over us because we 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 and the power of the Holy Spirit. Help us to present our bodies to You as living sacrifices as this is our spiritual act of worship, Thank You that we are under grace and not law, in Jesus’ name, Amen.