As a believer in Christ I have to know some things. The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans five that we were all in Adam when he sinned therefore we all sinned. That’s not such good news but thank God the story doesn’t end there. We also discover that just as sin entered into the world through one man, righteousness also came in through one man. His name is Jesus or the last Adam. “In Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.”
The Apostle Paul closes Romans five saying, “Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more…” Obviously he knew how most readers would hear this so he went right ahead in Romans six and asked the question, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?” Of course his response to the hypothetical question is “God forbid.” He then tells us we have died to sin so how are we going to still live in it? You see if all that happened was us being washed in an outward manner we probably would want to keep sinning, but the good news is part of the New Covenant was the promise of a new heart. With a new heart that loves God we aren’t going to want to sin and that’s the key. Once our wants get lined up with God’s wants we are well on our way.
Continuing on, there is something else we need to know. First he asks, “Do you not know that we have been baptized into Christ’s death?” In other words we have been crucified with Christ and our old man has died. That’s right that old sinning man we used to be in Adam is gone. We have died to sin and are free; so why would we want to go back into the bondage sin always brings?
Some of the trouble arises with believers, and them knowing they’re dead to sin, because they still feel the pull of sin. Feeling the pull of sin doesn’t indicate we have to obey it. This would be like having one of your old bosses calling you on the phone to tell you to do things for him. Since you used to listen to his demands your first reaction may be to do what he says, but if the truth be told he is no longer your boss. You don’t have to listen to him anymore. You have a new boss now. You are dead to that old boss.
Once we see we are dead to sin we have to count on it. The King James Bible tells us to “reckon.” The word “reckon” is an accounting term. Another word for “balancing” your checkbook is reconciling. For instance if you have $100 you wouldn’t reckon you have $500. In the same way God is telling us we are dead to sin so we are safe to reckon on it. God wouldn’t tell us to reckon on it if it wasn’t true. So we can trust that we are in fact dead to sin and alive to God; we can count on it.
The last thing we read in Romans six is we are to yield ourselves to God. Once we know we have been crucified with Christ and we reckon on being dead to sin, we have to yield ourselves to God for his purposes. Just as we use to give ourselves to our old sin boss; now we are told to give ourselves to our new boss Jesus Christ. Our humanity is seen as the same instrument, or weapon, only now we are being wielded by another. In other words, it was never our humanity that was wrong it was the master that ruled us. Now that we have been crucified and raised with Christ, we walk in newness of life with our humanity back on track to be what God intended which is for Christ to be fully formed in us.