Romans 6:4 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. Romans 6:11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
Our scripture passage today begins and ends with facts. Fact one in verse four: We can walk in newness of life if we choose to because we repented of our sins and believed the gospel. Fact two in verse 14: Sin will not rule us because we are under grace (“unmerited favor” and “all the resources of God”). It is a fact, a certainty, that we do not need to let sin rule us. We can choose to let sin rule us, but we don’t have to. We have been freed from slavery to sin by God’s grace. We access His grace by faith. Faith is attempting to obey God, expecting Him to fulfill our attempt with His power.
Paul tells us how to live free from sin’s dominion in verses eleven through thirteen. Each of the ways is a command. Commands are not optional. The Lord first equips us and then commands us. We can keep His commands if we use the resources He has given us. We obey using His resources by faith in Jesus (Galatians 2:20).
Command One: Consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. We need to think the truth and not the lie of the sin nature. The sin nature says, “I can’t.” The truth says, “I can, because of God’s resources that I access by faith.”
Command two: Don’t let sin rule in your life so you obey its desires. We actually have the power to say no to sinful desires. We attempt to say “No” expecting the Lord to fulfill our attempt with His power.
Command three: Don’t present yourself to sin to do its desires that are unrighteous (wrong). If sin is knocking on your door, don’t open the door and present yourself to sin. Keep the door closed and pray (Matthew 26:41).
Command four: Do present yourself to the Lord to do His will. When the Lord knocks on the door, open it and offer to serve Him.
Remember that you have been equipped to obey the Lord’s commands. We obey by faith in the Son of God. Step out in obedience and learn how strong you are in Christ. Walk in newness of life.