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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”—Romans 6:11 (NKJV)
“You’re dead to me!”
Has anyone ever uttered that phrase to you during a heated conversation? I certainly hope not, but the expression has become part of popular culture in recent years and taken on a somewhat twisted, comedic tone. At the core of this phrase is the idea that someone who has been insulted or hurt cuts the offender out of their life rather than seek reconciliation.
While this approach to our relationships with others is unbiblical (with the exception of cases of abuse), it’s actually the perfect way of dealing with sin in our lives. In fact, Paul tells the members of the church in Rome to consider themselves “dead indeed to sin” in today’s verse. He uses the word “reckon” here, which in the Greek (logizomai) means to “decide, conclude, think, suppose” or to “reason to a logical conclusion.” In other words, he’s saying when it comes to our relationship with sin, the most effective way of dealing with it is to cut it off completely and assume it no longer has any power.
But how can we think about sin in this way when it seems so pervasive? Let’s follow Paul’s logic for a moment. At the beginning of verse 11, he uses the word “likewise,” which implies there’s a similar pattern we should be following.
The example he’s referring to is found just a bit earlier in verses 6-7: “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”
In other words, we can count ourselves dead to sin because Jesus already died for and defeated it, and we can be alive in Christ because He rose from the grave. This beautiful truth is displayed every time a believer gets baptized. Our bodies are “buried” in a watery grave, and we arise to new life in Christ, literally free from the power of sin and death!
So, the next time you feel like giving in to temptation, tell that sin (out loud if it helps you): “You’re dead to me!” And then walk freely in your life in Jesus Christ!
DIG: Read Romans 6. What is Paul saying about our relationship to sin, the law, and grace?
DISCOVER: Is there an area of your life the Holy Spirit is speaking to you about in today’s message?
DISPLAY: Have you been water baptized? If not, consider taking this beautiful step of faith to demonstrate outwardly the work that Jesus has done in you inwardly. If you have been baptized already, pray for God’s Spirit to fill you afresh, and remember that when you arose from the baptismal waters, you literally died to sin and are now alive in Christ!
Rob Nieminen is a seasoned writer and editor who has written devotionals for Calvary since 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. He serves in the Worship Ministry at Calvary Boynton Beach and is an avid reader, an erratic golfer, and an aspiring photographer who loves to cook and spend time with his family.