LINK: Romans 6:1-14
Yesterday we saw the contrast between our life in Adam and our life in Christ. So, shall we continue to live in Adam, or shall we live in Christ? Here Paul wants the reader to understand that we are baptized into Christ, that is to say, we are identified with him. And we are no longer identified with Adam.
We have joined Christ in his death -- Sin died in that death, so sin should no longer reign in our lives.
We have joined Christ in his resurrection -- We live in righteousness, so we should present ourselves to God as instruments of righteousness.
Let's be sure we understand. We were once slaves to sin. It ruled our lives. But the old self was crucified and then raised in Christ. We are no longer slaves to sin, and we should not allow sin to be master over us.
Key Verse (memorize this one!):
Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
This is such an amazing truth to grab hold of! Take some time today to consider the implications this truth should/does have in your life. Does sin rule your life? Are there sins you need to crucify? Jesus died to free us from the power of sin! Don't let sin be in charge of your life! You don't have to serve sin. Rather, present yourself daily to God to be used by him as an instrument of righteousness.
Lord, I have died with Jesus and now live in him. I am no longer trapped in sin, but am free to serve you and live in your righteousness. Thank you for delivering me from the power of sin and death. May I live a righteous life for you. Amen.