What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him that the body of sin might be done away with that we should no longer be slaves of sin. Likewise, you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord Romans 6:1,6 and 11 (NKJV)
Our opening scripture illustrates a beautiful reality about Christianity. It reveals that the Christian is someone who died with Jesus; that is to say when Jesus died our old man died together with him and in him and when he resurrected we were resurrected together with Him and in him. We can then conclude and say the Christian is the man that is dead to sin by reason of the death of Jesus Christ but alive unto God by reason of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“What does it mean to be dead to sin?” One may ask. To be dead to sin means to be unresponsive to sin and the effects of sin (Romans 6:11 TLB) such as sickness, poverty, inflation and insurmountable challenges of life. Instead, we are alive to God; alive to success, increase, prosperity and divine health Hallelujah!
It is pivotal to note that the Jesus who died on the cross is different from the one who resurrected from the dead. Jesus died a sinner and rose from the dead as the righteousness of God; Now if we died with Jesus who was a sinner and resurrected with him, this alludes that we resurrected with Jesus as the new creation according to 2 Corinthians 5:17.
The book of 1 John 4:17 puts this more clearly, it conveys that as He (Jesus) is, so are we in this world. Does Jesus need healing, deliverance, a breakthrough, redemption, healing or forgiveness of sin? A Thousand Times No! Subsequently, this connotes that the new creation does not need the above mentioned as well because he shares in the same glory of the risen and glorified Christ.
The only way the Christian can truly locate or discover who they really are is by looking at Jesus because he is exactly like Jesus.
A Christian is the product of the resurrection of Christ. Look at it this way, when Jesus was crucified on the cross, we all were crucified with Him and in Him. When He went to hell, we went with Him to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).
In hell, Jesus defeated Satan and his cohorts and disarmed principalities, and guess what? We were in Him (Colossians 2:15 NLT). Today we are not the ones trying to defeat Satan and his cohorts but rather we walk in victory. Ours is to discover more of these glorious blessings that came as a result of Jesus’ resurrection, meditate on them and constantly speak them forth.
I'm dead to sin and the effects of sin by reason of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I am alive to God thus alive to success, increase, prosperity and divine health. As Jesus is so am I in this world causing me to live a life of dominion, power and victory.
SCRIPTURES TO PONDER ON:
Romans 6:1,6 and 11
2 Corinthians 5:17
1 John 4:17
1 John 3:8