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Romans 6:11

11 So also you account yourselves to be dead ones indeed to sin but living to God in Christ Jesus. (Interlinear)

Often in scripture we find contrasting statements. The Proverbs are full of them. Sometimes they are whereas statements. Paul shows us one important statement in this verse.

First of all Paul says we should consider ourselves dead to sin. With the death of Jesus our relationship with sin has changed. We were dead in trespasses and sins. But Jesus took our sins and He died, was buried, and rose again. We were united with Him in His death, therefore as He died to sin we died with Him. And our relationship to sin is now exactly His relationship: we are dead to it. “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14). We are identified “in” Christ.

“As he is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17). So we should live like we are dead to sin. Just think yourself as dead to sin. The word “dead” means like a corpse. A corpse can’t sin. We are dead ones when it comes to sin. God remembers our sin no more. Too many people are sin conscious. The problem with that is you are more likely to do what you are always thinking about. If you’re always confessing your sins to God, who doesn’t know what you’re talking about, you just keep sin in the forefront of your mind.

The opposite is what we should be thinking about. We are alive to God. We are the righteousness of God. “And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24 NASB). Jesus bore our sins past present and future. We were dead in sins, but through His death we have been raised with Him. We are alive in Christ. We need to concentrate on what it means to be righteous. How does that look? Look to Jesus and find out. The more we see Him, the more we become like Him in outward practice. Inside we are like Jesus. We just need to work that out.

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