The big question now is this,” I believe the facts of history , but how do I make this work in daily experience?” For many are wrestling with besetting sins or denying sin altogether.
How does this happen? Well, Paul explains it very clearly in the remainder of the chapter . You remember a few days ago I said Paul used three words to describe how we can have victory over sin. They are: KNOW- RECKON-AND YIELD. We have looked at KNOW.
Know that the Believer is Dead to Sin
Know that the Believer should not serve sin.
I reckon we will look at RECKON soon.
Sin wants to be your master. It finds a foothold in the old nature and through the old nature seeks to control the member of the body. But in Jesus Christ, we died to sin and the old nature was crucified so that the old life is rendered inoperative. Paul is not describing an experience ; he is stating a fact. The practical experience will come later.
It is a historical fact of history that Jesus Christ died on the cross. It is also a fact of history that the believer died with Him, and “ he that is dead is freed from sin”( Rom.6:7). Not “free to sin” as Paul’s accusers falsely stated, but “free from sin.”
Sin and death has no dominion over Christ. We are” in Christ”; therefore sin and death have no dominion over us. Jesus Christ not only died”for sin” but He also died” unto sin”. That is, He not only paid the penalty for sin, but He broke the power of sin. Paul said n Romans 5:17,” Through Christ we “reign in life”, so that sin no longer controls our lives.
We continue to have strongholds in our lives. I have found it helpful when someone comes to me with a stronghold(s) to lay hands and pray over him and ask God to tear down the strongholds.
Sin is a terrible master and it finds a willing servant in the human body. The body itself is not sinful , it is neutral. It can be controlled by sin or by God. But man’s fallen nature , which is not changed at conversion, gives sin a foothold from which it can attack and then control. Paul clearly expressed this problem when he said in
Romans 7:18 (NKJV)
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
A tremendous fact is introduced here: The old man( the old ego, self) was crucified with Christ so that the body need not be controlled by sin. The phrase “ that the body of sin might be done away with” means rendered inactive, made of no effect.
6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God.
Ravi Zacharias said,"Sin will always take you farther than you want to go. Keep you longer than you want to stay. And cost you more than you want to pay."
Too, too many Christians are “betweeners”; They live between Egypt and the Promised Land.- saved but never satisfied. They live between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. Believing in the cross but not entering into the power and glory of the resurrection.
Romans 6:5 indicates that our union with Christ assures our future resurrection should we die. But Romans 6:4 teaches that we share His resurrection power today.
Col.3:1,3 says,” Since , then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above… For you died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
Are you a betweener- saved but not satisfied- believing in Him but not living in Him.Let me just asked you some questions and you decide today:
Do you have a hunger and thirst for righteousness? That is you want to be a true follower of Jesus Christ and live like Him
Do you have a desire to see people come to Christ?
Do you ever share your testimony with anyone?
Do you ever invite anyone to church, to a Bible study?
What about your giving? Do you give regularly what God wants you to give to His church?
What about your desire or lack of desire to be in the Word of God and how about your prayer life?
Here is the last question: When convicted by the Holy Spirit to do something or not to do something, you say, “One day I will”.
Depending on how you answer these questions is whether you are a “betweener” or you are “ living in the Promised Land of abundant living.