“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor 5:17). Our worldview, attitudes, relationships, commitments, and desires will change when we are united to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
The first secret to this new life is the imperative to “be continually considering yourselves dead to sin.” The verb means “to put together with one’s mind, to count, or put on someone’s account.” It refers to knowledge deduced and believed from self–evident truth. The word so refers to the previous ten verses, especially the truth that “we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection” (Rom 6:5). This is the amazing plan of God, which pays for every man’s sinfulness, allowing a holy God to forgive every man while being completely just.
Second, the concept of why Christ had to die for our sins reveals how repugnant our sin is to God, and why the only possible payment required the death of the sinless God–Man. No other payment would suffice. Just one sin had condemned the earth and all mankind to depravity and separation from God. He hates sin, yet He sacrificed the sinless life of Jesus to pay the price for our wickedness. Let this fact change your desire for sin.
Third, by God’s grace and power, we have been united to Him: “Our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin” (Rom 6:6). Death and sin “no longer have dominion over Him” (6:9), and in Him, we are free from their power.
Fourth, this astounding feat of a just payment for all was accomplished in one act on a cross two thousand years ago: “He died to sin once for all” (Rom 6:10)
Fifth, because we are “in Christ,” we partake of His resurrection and new life: “The life that He [continually] lives, He [continually] lives to God” (Rom 6:10).
We are to consider, or “reckon,” that we are “dead to sin” and its power (Rom 6:2) and “alive to God in Christ Jesus.” We are to live out each day of the new life we have in Christ. May our bond to Him daily transform us into His likeness.
“Sometimes everything in my body wants to indulge in some sin, but my spirit despises such sin, and I am ashamed that it even appeals to part of me. I’ve died with You, Lord Jesus, to the horribleness of sin. May I learn to hate it as You do.”