From Romans we read,
- “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it.” (Romans 6:1-2 – NASB)
Sin! A most formidable foe, a most formidable enemy which we deal with on a daily basis. The critics of Paul’s doctrine of the grace of God in Jesus the Christ were saying, “Based on what you are purporting of this thing called the grace of God in this Christ, it would seem we should sin all the more that this grace might abound all the more; right?” To this the apostle replies with a resounding, “May it never be!”
We who have been saved by the grace of God through the Person and work of Jesus the Christ are not “to continue in sin that grace might increase,” but rather we are to “walk in newness of life” (V-4), a “life” that is always seeking to have victory over sin, victory over the flesh.
Sometime ago, on a little piece of paper I had in my Bible, I wrote down what someone had said regarding three steps to victory over sin. And brethren we should always desire, as long as we are in these fleshly bodies, to have a knowledge of how we can have victory over sin. We who are called to be holy (I Peter 1:16), who are called to be conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:28-29, who are called to walk in a manner worthy of our calling (Ephesians 4:1), we should always be interested in how it is we can combat “sin.”
There are three key words involved in these steps to victory: (1) know, (2) consider, and (3) present; these are all things that you and I are to do as we strive to live in “newness of life.”
- “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? . . . knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” (Romans 6:3-6 – NASB)
- “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11 – NASB)
- “. . . and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” (Romans 6:13 -NASB)
Victory over sin is achieved by our doing something about sin. We should be a people “knowing . . . that our old self was crucified with” Christ.” And such “knowing . . . that our body of sin might be done away with.” We are a new creation in “Christ Jesus,” and we should be “knowing . . . that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” We are left here on this earth to be a people in which old things have passed away and new things have come (II Corinthians 5:17). We are to be a people who are “knowing this.”
Victory over sin is achieved by our doing something about sin. We should “consider (ourselves) to be dead to sin.” Death in the Bible speaks of separation. To be “dead” in our trespasses and sins is to be separated from God (Ephesians 2:1-3; Isaiah 59:1-2). If we are “knowing that our old self was crucified with” Christ then we should “consider (ourselves)” separated from “sin” and now “alive to God in Christ Jesus.” We are now joined to God and His calling “in Christ Jesus.”
Victory over sin is achieved by our doing something about sin. So, “knowing” and “considering” our new state in “Christ,” we should “not go on presenting the members of (our) body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness” but rather we should “present (ourselves) to God as those alive from the dead,” from the separation that existed, and thus, a people who “present . . . (our) members (that is our fleshly bodies) as instruments of righteousness.” And it should all be done that we might “present (ourselves) . . . to God,” for His use, for His purpose (Romans 12:1).
- (NOTE: Interesting to know that this word “instrument” speaks of a utensil of war; a weapon. And such, our bodies, serving as weapons of war as they, by the power of God, now manifest right acts in the realm of Satan, the world, and sin.)
Understanding all of this leads us to this,
- “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts . . . for sin shall not be master over you” (Romans 6:12, 14 – NASB)
You just need to apply yourself to knowing, considering, and presenting . . . as the Scriptures instruct, and you will have victory over sin!
Have a good day brethren . . . and as you walk, know, and consider, and then present your bodies as weapons of righteousness to God, bringing forth holiness and right acts in a world saturated with sin.
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