Here is my second reason why a spirit filled believer will obey without the fear of losing his or her salvation.
God’s grace does not lead to a life of sin because…
2. We are alive to God in Christ Jesus
Paul writes in Romans 6:9-11 “Knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
Paul tells us here in verses 9 & 10 that because of Christ’s resurrection, death no long has power over Him. Jesus is now and forever alive to God. When Paul says “He died to sin once for all,” he is making the claim sin can no longer reign; it has been stripped of all its power. And the life Jesus lives, He lives to God. So how does this apply to us?
Because of the resurrection, sin has no power over us and we are alive to God in Christ Jesus. Paul writes in verse 11,”Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” The key words are “consider yourselves.” This is an act of the mind and of the will. To consider is to make a decision. Paul here is challenging us to consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God. In part 3 I talked about what it means to be dead to sin. Because of what Jesus did on the cross and His resurrection sin is no longer our master.
What does it mean to be alive to God? Paul now is going to answer that in verse 12. Once we are freed from the power of sin, we become slaves of God’s righteousness. Notice in this passage how much we are involved. “12 Therefore do not [action by us] let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey [us again] its lusts, 13 and do not [us] go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves [our will & mind] to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” The point is…
- We are not to use our body for evil
Paul was saying we have the ability to overcome the power of sin. He tells us starting in verse 12, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness.” We don’t have to obey sins lusts; we don’t have to present our body as an instrument of unrighteousness. The word instrument is better translated weapon. We have many body parts we can use to unleash evil on others. We can use them as weapons. Our tongue can do unspeakable harm through gossip and putdowns. Our eyes can betray us and lead us into lusting for the opposite sex. Our hands can push or strike someone. Our body can be a weapon that does acts of evil if we let sin be our master; if we let sin reign in our bodies; if we present out bodies as weapons of evil. So what can we do?
- We are use our body for good
Paul writes the second half of verse 13, “but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” The same parts of our bodies that can be utilized for evil can be used for good. The tongue can say things that encourage and support another person. Our eyes can look around and see needs that can be met. Our hands and arms can move furniture for a friend who has no one else to help him. Those same arms and hands can support someone hurting with a hug. We use what God has given us to love and support others. What does it mean to be alive to God in Christ Jesus? It means we are to present our bodies as instruments to do good. Our mind and will have to be committed to loving God and loving others; then we are alive to God.
Paul’s main point in Romans 6 is the power of sin has been broken; it is no longer our master. Since we are dead to sin therefore, we are then alive to God. Now Paul concludes verse 14 by sayings, “for you are not under law but under grace.” The word law here refers to the Mosaic Covenant. God’s revealed laws to Israel. Being under the law is to be condemned by the law. The law is good (Rom. 7:12) but cannot save anyone. There is a saying “living the Christian life is not difficult it is impossible.” Living under the law, trying to obey the Biblical commandments, on your own power, will only result in a person giving up. You cannot live by the law. You cannot live the Christian life on your own power. Why? For the simple reason the power of sin is too strong and you will fail every time. I believe this is why many people turn their back on Christianity. They try to live a Christian life on their own power and fail. They give up in frustration. Some go out and write books and articles on why they turned their back on Christianity. Fortunately there is a solution.
Paul says believers are not under the law but under grace. I believe living with the threat of losing our salvation puts us back under the law. If you are under the law you have to obey in order not lose your salvation. Paul says we are not under that law, we are under grace. It is through God’s grace we become alive to God in Christ.