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Reflection on Rom 6:11

Post date:   2018-11-03
Autor:   BCP

 

Reflection on Rom 6:11

 

«Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.»

This verse from chapter six of the Epistle to the Romans again is a mystery. The condition for its revelation is a living faith and walking by faith, in other words putting the truth of faith into practice. A deep biblical faith, which is the foundation of true knowledge, is expressed in the word “reckon” – the Greek word is “logidzomai” which means: 1) take into account, keep in mind, count (up), 2) have an opinion, think, believe, 3) consider, look on as, regard as.

In mathematics, this word is used for an absolutely exact expression: 2×2=4, and this holds true in America, Africa and everywhere. It is something indubitable. And the Scripture tells us that our faith must be like this – without the least doubt – we are dead to sin, to the power of sin! At the same time, we are alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord!

We can see that the most important thing for us to reckon with spiritual laws by faith is our union with the Lord Jesus Christ, because these laws work in Him alone. In His death on the cross and in His glorious resurrection is the victory over sin. That is why it is important for us to have a personal relationship to Christ crucified and risen. Through baptism we were immersed in Christ’s death and resurrection, and we should live these truths by faith within the framework of time: in Christ Jesus we are dead to sin and alive to God!

A practical example: A man who was an alcoholic asked Jesus for deliverance, received it by faith, and Jesus delivered him from this addiction. However, Jesus calls for his faith which is rooted in Him, in Christ, so that when temptation comes to return to alcohol bondage, he does not yield to it but rather grows stronger. And the same is true of smoking or other addictions by which sin enslaves us. We need this firm faith in Christ. When attacked by doubts or temptation, I do not even think about it, I do not permit this thought! It is the principle of cutting off at the very beginning the idea of or the desire for alcohol or cigarette and starting to think about something else. And this is done through faith.

 

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