Sin & Death: Master Sin
“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. ” (Romans 6:6-7)
Romans 6 is like a “big ideas” parade, and it’s too easy to just watch them march on by without really getting it. Don’t do that! Jump up on the parade floats and experience them. Take a little time to really understand this.
First: What is your “old self” that was crucified with Christ (if you’re a Christian)? It is not your “sin nature” or your “want” to sin. We’ve still got that, right? Your old self is the BC version of you — “before Christ.” Sin owned that version of you. You had to do whatever it said. You were powerless.
To escape sin’s slavery, that old self had to die with Jesus when you believed in Him for the forgiveness of your sin. Death is the legal termination of a slave owner’s contract. At that moment, sin became the powerless one. Its authority was “done away with.” You are free. You never have to sin again.
So why do we still sin? Stay tuned.
Think: Do you ever think of unbelievers as slaves to sin? How is a slave different from someone who volunteers to do the same thing?
Pray: Thank God for freeing you from slavery to sin by allowing your old self to be crucified with Jesus.
Do: Spend another couple of minutes on this big idea float by carefully reading Romans 5:6-8 again.
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