BE YE HOLY
Rom 6: 7, 11 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Insight and Highlight
1 Peter 1:15-16 * But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;*
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
A saying goes, "dead men do not talk neither can they sin". Eccl 9: 5 says "...but the dead know not anything,...
Psalm 115:17 The dead praise, not the LORD,...
The scriptures refer to the dead here as people who have gone into silence, that is the grave. They are unresponsive, nothing you say or do moves them because they cannot hear, see or feel again.
The same word Apostle Paul used but not in terms of the dead who has ceased living but one who is living yet dead to sinfulness or sinful nature.
The Apostle used "dead" in explaining the state of the regenerate mind who has experienced true conversion.
Paul says once he experienced conversion, he is dead to the sins he used to commit.
He is no longer responsive to sin neither will he allow sin to remain in his mortal body.
Through Christ's death, the born-again also died to sin and when Christ rose, he also rose to a Divine life of holiness, Rom 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Since Christ can no longer die and the sin that caused His death can no longer have any dominion over Him, so also we who are dead to sin ought not go back to the sin that caused death. We must remain dead to sin and this is the dominion we have over sin. Rom 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Choosing to suffer affliction, Christ died. So also we must choose to forsake the pleasure of sin so that we may live a life of God, Rom 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Rom 6: *Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
When you are dead to sin in your body, you will be unresponsive to sinful advances or desires.
1 Cor 9:27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control,...
Call to Word action
Rom 6: 13 : Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.:
The Christian clarion duty
Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not
Rom 6: 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law but under grace.
Lord, help me. Let not sin have dominion over me, in Jesus' name.
Good morning all and be blessed as you come into His presence.
God bless you.