I Reckon

thinking_man_PNG11610Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

I am human. But I have a sin nature. Sometimes, I miss the mark. This entire chapter in Romans is devoted to helping Christians who were once was dead in sin, not to live to sin. Paul makes the argument that we have been crucified with Him. We have been buried with Him in baptism. We have been raised in His likeness to walk in newness of life. But Paul still realized that we have an “infirmity of our flesh” – a fleshly nature that is prone to sin (vs 19). Understanding this, Paul gives us practical tips to help us to walk in that newness of life.

One suggestion Paul gives us is found in verse 11. He tells us to “reckon yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin”. The word reckon (λογίζομα) means “to take an inventory, to estimate (literally or figuratively):—to conclude, to count, impute, lay, number, reason, suppose, think (on), despise, esteem.” How can I apply this practically? Before I am tempted to sin, and even inside of temptation, I’d do best to reckon, or meditate (take inventory, conclude, count, think on, suppose) on the fact that I am dead to sin with Christ.

I know this – when temptations come my way, and I choose to meditate on Scripture, and envision myself on the cross with Christ, reckoning myself dead on that cross, and being raised up with Him in newness of life, it’s a turn off to temptation. When we are tempted to sin (which will happen – probably today!), let us meditate on Romans 6. Let’s reckon ourselves dead to sin (vs 11), that we might not serve it (14-17), but righteousness (18) for our good and God’s glory.

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