Have You died? (Romans 6)

For one who has died has been set freeb]”>[b]from sin, Romans 6:7

The subject of death is one that most people want to avoid.  Death is a truth that speaks to finality in a world that prides itself in focusing on the moment.  But a deeper truth is this: “no one is really ready to live until they are ready to die.”

The Apostle Paul has this deeper truth firmly in mind as he comes to writing Romans 6.  Paul finishes chapter five writing about the glorious grace of God which is greater than our sin.  Paul has revealed Jesus coming to do something about our sin.  Jesus came as our Redeemer to Reconcile us to God.

This work is called the grace of God.  This grace is extended to all sinners who repent. Some call this the great exchange.  Jesus takes our sin and we take his salvation.

In Romans 6, Paul illustrates this exchange as “death to sin.”

When a person comes to Christ, he or she is said to have died to sin.  This is to be followed up with a life that is seeking that the body of sin would be brought to nothing.

How does this work?

  • When grace is applied we are set free from sin.
  • When grace is applied we become servants of righteousness.
  • When grace is applied we bear fruit of a new life.

So the question of the hour is this: Have you died?

This is so amazing to me this day.  In Christ I die to sin and I will die an earthly death, but I will live in righteousness and I will forever reign with Christ in heaven.

But at the same time this is so sobering to me.  Those without Christ are already spiritually dead. They will die an earthly death and they will die a second-death for all eternity.

Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years. Revelation 20:6

Our job as believers is to walk in newness of life so that others would know where true life begins and they would see the fruit of such a life.

So I ask, Have you died?

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