THE GOAL OF OUR SALVATION THROUGH GRACE
ROMANS 6:11-14 Charles e Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher May 22, 29 2011 45.75-76
Romans 6: The Beginning of the Romans Road to Sanctification: 6:1 -8:39
- KNOW THE FACTS: ROMANS 6:1-10
- CONSIDER OR RECKON the FACTS as TRUE 6:11
- YIELD or OFFER YOUR BODY to THESE TRUTHS: 6:12-14
HERE IS THE BASIC PRINCIPLE IN THE WORD OF GOD: FIRST, KNOW WHAT IS TRUE BEFORE YOU CAN OBEY GOD.
What I am about to teach you, and have been teaching you in chapter six, you must know and fully understand what Paul is teaching us or what I am about to say in verse 11 will make no sense at all.
The truth that Paul is laying out here in this chapter that you are spiritually dead to sin, and the reality that you are spiritually alive to Christ are not abstract concepts for your finite minds to attempt to verify. They are divinely-revealed, foundational axioms behind Christian living, apart from which you can never hope to live the holy life your new LORD demands.
YOU NEED TO REALLY UNDERSTAND AND BELIEVE BY FAITH YOUR POSITION IN CHRIST SO THAT YOU CAN THEN LIVE AS YOU SHOULD.
“Likewise reckon (consider) 3049
- logizomai from logos = reason, word, account0 means to reckon, compute, calculate, to take into account, to deliberate, and to weigh.
- Refers to a process of careful study or reasoning which results in the arriving at a conclusion.
- In Paul’s day: Meant to impute (put to one’s account) or credit to one’s account.
- The word related to our English term logic (which deals with the methods of valid thinking, reveals how to draw proper conclusions from premises and is a prerequisite of all thought.
Make a mental calculation. And let us consider ourselves as actually dead to sin. In the same way, you must see yourself as being dead to sin.
Paul is telling us to reflect on our position in Christ and to place two things into our spiritual bank account: 1. We are “dead to sin.” 2. We are “alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
Here is the necessary action you must take when you are hearing the Words of Paul in Romans 6: You must take time to consider the facts and make this a habitual exercise, not just giving an occasional casual thought to.
ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”—Romans 6:11.
I. What it is to be dead unto sin in the sense of the text?
- Being dead to sin must obviously be the opposite of being dead in sin. The latter must undeniably be a state of entire sinfulness—a state in which the soul is dead to all good through the power of sin over it.
- But right over against this, to be dead to sin, must be to be indifferent to its attractions—beyond the reach of its influence—as fully removed from its influences as the dead are from the objects of sense in this world.
II. What is it to be alive unto God?
- To be full of life for Him—to be altogether active and on the alert to do His will; to make our whole lives a perpetual offering to Him, constantly delivering up ourselves to Him and His service that we may glorify His name and PROMOTE His interests.
III. What is it to reckon (consider) 3049 ourselves dead indeed unto Him?
The word rendered reckon is sometimes rendered account. Abraham’s faith was accounted unto him for righteousness.
So, in this passage, reckon must mean believe, esteem yourselves dead indeed unto sin. Account this to be the case.
Regard this as truly your relation to sin; you are entirely dead to it; it shall have no more dominion over you.
And this gives us the true idea of Gospel faith—embracing personally the salvation which is by faith in Jesus Christ.
We are saved by faith alone but faith is never alone.
IV. What is meant by reckoning yourselves alive indeed unto God through Jesus Christ?
- Plainly this: that you are to expect to be saved by Jesus Christ and to calculate on this salvation as your own. You are to esteem yourself as wholly dead to sin and as consequently brought into life and peace in Christ Jesus.
V. What is implied in the exhortation of our text?
- That there is an adequate provision for this expectation, and for realizing these blessings in fact.
- For if there were no ground for understanding this, the command would be most absurd.
- A precept requiring us to account ourselves dead indeed unto sin and alive unto God, would be utterably untenable if there were no probability of the thing—