Do Not Let Sin Reign
God does not give grace to the sinner who says, “I won’t.”
God does give grace to the sinner who says, “I can’t.”
God’s grace will transform a sinner into a child of God who learns to say, “I can.”
Likewise you also - Christ’s victory over sin has a corresponding result for us.
reckon yourselves - The first imperative is to think a certain way.
- The Greek word logizomai can mean to impute or account - Romans 4:22–24
- Here it means to calculate and come to a conclusion - Romans 2:3; 3:28
- To obey this command, we must exercise a committed mindset.
to be dead indeed to sin - We must set our thinking on the fact that in Christ we are permanently free from the power of sin!
but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord - We are to always set our thinking on Christ as our source of life, meaning of life, and sustainer of life - Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Therefore do not let - The second imperative is to refuse to allow sin to control you.
sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts - Sin appeals to our selfish sinful desires but we must not respond to it.
And do not present - The third imperative is to stop setting yourself out to sin but start setting yourself out to God.
your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin - We are not to give ourself to sin.
- We are to think of each member of our body as an instrument, tool, or weapon.
- The different members of our body are used to commit sin.
- We are not to place ourself at the disposal of unrighteousness to be used by sin.
but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God - We are to commit every part of our body to the service of our Lord!
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace - God has given to us freedom from sin through His grace not through our law-keeping.
Are you willingly and purposefully obeying these commands?
Victory over sin is available to every believer as we:
- know the truth about what God has done for us (v. 2–10)
- consider ourself dead to sin but alive to God (v. 11)
- refuse to obey the lusts of sin (v. 12)
- stop offering ourself for sin and start offering ourself to God (v. 13)
God’s grace transforms us and gives us the ability to overcome sin!