Romans 6 : No longer under the dominion of sin
Vs 1 – 6: – What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
Reflections: – There has been this narrative going on for ages, because of grace Christians are free to live their lives in whatsoever way they desire besides we read in Chap 5 that where there is sin, grace abounds even more. I’m pretty sure this was the scenario in Romans at that time. People lived sinful lives and probably boasted in the availability of grace. When Paul said certainly not, it can be translated to tufiakwa (God forbid). He went further to ask them if they really knew the significance of the baptism they went through. And now I ask what does baptism mean to you? Was it one of those rituals you had to perform to have one item ticked off from your Christian qualifications? In case we never knew or have forgotten, this is a reminder. Our baptism was a physical representation of Jesus’ death, whether it was through sprinkling or full immersion (topic for another day) and all that happened to Him when He was raised from the dead should be our report. He nailed sin to the cross; we united and came into agreement with Him with our baptism therefore our sinful nature was equally nailed. I had a conversation with a colleague the other day and after analyzing some practices of Christians, he summed it up with these words “immature Christians”. Like Paul said when I was a child I spoke like a child… but you are no longer babes in Christ if you have come to the understanding of what Jesus did on the cross. We often find ourselves under the control of the sin that held us bound before we met Jesus – It’s an anomaly. Remember I said under the control, we live in a sinful world but we shouldn’t let it dictate or control us if we are led daily by the Holy Spirit.
Vs 7 – 12: –For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
Reflections: – We get to a point in our lives when we realize the life we live is unto God not for the praise of men. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll go through temptations, there are times behind closed doors you are tempted to watch certain movies that don’t edify your spirit after all no one will ever know, you might have even started playing it but suddenly you find yourself turning it off (true life story). A pastor shared his experience of stumbling upon a porn channel in the hotel when he travelled out of town. It had played for a few minutes before he turned it off, went further to call his wife to tell her what just happened (accountability), he didn’t end there cos’ he found out it was a channel in his choice of DSTV bouquet, he asked his wife to call them to remove that particular channel from his bouquet. You might be wondering why he had to go through all of that, well he knew where he was coming from, it was a trigger and could have a domino effect. Remember yesterday’s topic on decisions. If your viewing porn will cause you to miss heaven then cut it off. He didn’t let that particular sin have dominion and reign in his life, he’s a pastor he would have said I live under grace and nothing will happen later. Oh! But he knew “a little leaven leavens the whole lump” and he didn’t give in to the desires. Cos’ they’ll definitely come, but with the help of the Holy Spirit and the grace available to us, we say no. When next the enemy throws a dart at you say to him; No satan not today. I am not a slave to you.
Loads of love
N/B : Tufiakwa is an Igbo word.
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