Romans 6:4-10 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that 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. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.
Paul is explaining that the new life we walk in begins with our walk in this sinful world and ends in eternity. Let’s go through the argument one verse at a time.
Romans 6:5, 8-9 instructs us we shall experience a physical resurrection of our body just as Jesus did. We will be equipped to live eternally in the new heavens and earth. This is not an “I hope so” type of thing, but is a hope that is certain.
Romans 6:6-7 instructs us that we can live free from slavery to sin in the body we have now because we have been crucified with Christ and are no longer slaves to sin. In 1 Corinthians 6:20 Paul teaches us that we have been bought at a price and are to glorify God in our body.
Romans 6:10 instructs us that Jesus’s death on the cross was sufficient to pay the penalty of sin and break the power of sin for all people.
From the moment we repent of our sin and believe the gospel, we have the ability to live free from slavery to sin. We will not experience any battle with sin when our body dies (or is transformed if we are alive when Christ returns for us). However, we experience a great battle with sin while in our current body. We have the capability of breaking free from habits of sin, but find growth is progressive. We begin as babies to walk in Christ. As we mature in Christ, we become stronger and stronger in our walk, just as babies do as they learn to walk. Think about how a baby gets to be a strong walker. The following things help a baby become a mature walker. The baby needs to be fed well to get strength. The baby needs to try and keep trying to walk. The baby needs lots of encouragement and help from older people. We need to have the same things if we are going to learn to walk strong in the Lord. We need to be fed the Word of God to be strengthened. We need to keep attempting to live the Word of God expecting the Lord to fulfill our attempt with His power. We need lots of encouragement and help from mature Christians. How are you walking? Is your walk getting stronger? Are you eating nutritious meals of God’s Word? Are you practicing God’s word? Are you around other mature believers who encourage you and help you walk by faith in the Son of God? If you can answer yes to all the “yes” or “no” questions, then you walk stronger every year. If you say no to any of those questions, then you are not walking up to your ability. Make the changes you need to make so you can walk strong in the Lord.