Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The Abiding Life: Part 6 Romans 6:11
11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Even so? Even so what? Today's verse is a continuation of Part 4. We slipped Colassions 2:12-14 in there yesterday because it works well in this series BUT Romans 6:11 is a pivotal part in truly believing in an Abiding Life.
A one verse lesson? Well yeah, look at the power in that single verse. From the moment of your baptism, your acknowledgement if Christ's sacrifice for you, you may consider yourself dead to sin....
Consider??? Doesn't that mean think?? As in you think you might possibly be?? Nope.. In this case the word consider has more depth. When you ask someone to do a favor a response could be "Consider it done". As in you can put the very possibility of it not being done right out of your mind. So it isn't a case of waffling between seeing it done and hopping maybe it's true. No, in this case, in God's case it's a matter of it's already done. Know it, believe it.
Sometimes it's hard because we get list in the translation. But when we remember that God doesn't deal in maybes. God deals in absolutes. He has declared us dead to sin and Alive to Christ. Embrace this...revel in it.
*remember these are my thoughts on this verse and what I took away from my Bible study.. feel free to add yours to the discussion.