2b How shall we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin.
Romans 6:11 (NASB95)
11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Two weeks ago, I wrote about yet one more area of scripture that I think it is easy for us to see as “foolishness”. As I wrote it, I was feeling concerned about how foolish it truly is. I don’t know about you, but for me, from time to time when I’m sharing some of God’s “foolishness”, I get a sinking feeling that anyone listening must be disagreeing with me. At least one reader last week let me know just how much that was true. The people-pleaser side of my personality wants to shrink back from those moments. Thank goodness His Spirit is bolder than I and for the fact that I have a wife who gives me strength. This week’s blog is one of those moments of uneasy foolishness yet again.
Paul, in Romans 5, makes it clear that we have no righteousness of our own. Not even our best deeds are pleasing to our Lord. In Romans 6, Paul swings the pendulum fully back to the other side, and I find that most people think both truths are rather impossible. You see, Paul now enters into the fullness of what Christ has done in the life of each and every person who have given all in the pursuit of Him. In a very real way, everything, and I mean everything, has changed in the life of those who have fallen squarely into the arms of grace.