Chewing on Romans 6 this morning.
In the last couple of chapters Paul’s been explaining how Christ’s death for us has made possible a righteousness received by faith. That by believing that Christ died for our sin on the cross, we can be justified before a holy God. That, in His death, He has paid sin’s penalty, and through His risen life He imputes, or credits to our account, His righteousness. Thus, we have been saved through Christ’s substitutionary death.
But beyond the idea of this substitution, Paul also explains the implications of our identification. That while Christ died for us and for our sin, we also have died with Him and unto sin. That not only was He crucified for us to pay the penalty of sin, but, by believing, we too have been put to death with Him thus breaking the power of sin.
And so, Paul says, I need to connect the dots and consider myself dead to sin and alive to God.
We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. . . Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death He died He died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
(Romans 6:4, 8-11 ESV)
“Consider yourselves” is the ESV translation of the Greek word logizomai. Don’t need to be a Greek scholar to see that’s where we get our word for logic. It means to think, to compute, to calculate, to reckon, to connect the dots. If this . . . then that.
The word deals with reality. Of taking inventory and then drawing reasonable conclusions.
And so, if I have been crucified with Christ and now “live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20), then I need to count myself a dead man to sin and, by His enabling, live as He lived–for the Father’s will (Jn. 4:34, 6:38).
The logical conclusion of Him dying for us, is that we would count ourselves dead in Him. Dead to the old man. Dead to the old ways. Dead to the old desires. The power of the Spirit working in us, through regenerated spiritual DNA to, in reality, break sin and death’s dominion over us.
And then, to recognize that the reasonable implications of Christ being raised in newness of life is that, in Him, we too should know new life. That life, and life abundantly (Jn 10:10), begins now. Not necessarily the easy life, or the prosperous life, or life apart from suffering and trial, but life lived in Christ to God. The consecrated life, doing all we do for His glory (1Cor. 10:31). The abiding life, doing all we do by His power at work in us (Jn. 15:5). Eternal life, knowing that, even now, we can store up treasure in heaven (Mt. 6:20, 1Tim. 6:18).
Dead to sin . . . praise God!
Alive to God . . . may we know the reality of that by the power of God.
Because of grace. For His glory.