Slaves to sin no more

October 25th, 2010

I was reading through Romans 6:1-14 this morning for my devotions. The NIV Bible heads this passage “Dead to sin, Alive to Christ”.

As I read a few of the verses jumped out at me…

  • v2 – We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
  • v3 – Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
  • v6 – For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin
  • v9 – For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.
  • v11 – In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
  • v14 – For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

This passage really brought home to me afresh that we are dead to sin and alive to Christ because of His death for us on the cross.

It also made me reflect on the relationship of earthly slaves and masters. Two things really came to mind…

1. When a slave dies his earthly master has no power over him any more. He can call him or ring his bell to summon his presence, but the slave is dead and will not respond.

2. If a master sells his slave to another person he is not bound to answer or do what he asks. The slave is simply not his property any more. He belongs to a new master and lives in a new household.

This is what it is like for us as Christians. When our old master calls and tempts us a tries to lead us astray, we don’t need to listen because we are not his property any more. We belong to a new Master now.

We are truly slaves to sin no more…we are dead to sin and alive to Christ. Praise God!

God Bless,

Dave