Romans- Week 12- Day 5- Romans 13:12-14

(12)  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.  (13)  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  (14)  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Romans 13:12-14

Explanation:

The night is far spent.   The time where we will realize our redemption is drawing near.  We don’t know exactly when it will happen, but the truth is that for all of us it is immenent.  This is the “day” that the Holy Spirit is referring to in this passage. 

Morning is coming.  Let’s get ready to act like it’s about to be day.  He gets really practical when he talks about two description of “walking honestly, as in the day”.

Live according to that “day” culture not this one.  There is a “day” culture that is coming. Every action of man will be revealed.  Have you ever heard of someone doing something wrong “in the broad daylight”?  We say that because most of the time people try to do things they want to get away with at night time rather than the day time.  We are called to “walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkeness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.”

Rioting and drunkeness speak of a party lifestyle and all of the sexual and unclean evil that goes with it.  Often the partying leads to the strife and envying.

Live like Christ We are called to live like Jesus.  Don’t make provision for the flesh.  Make it hard to do the wrong thing. 

Application:

It’s so important to live rightly because of the day we live in.  Believers are called to share Christ with those around us.  Those without Christ must respond to Christ in repentance and salvation.  We don’t know how much time we have.  Therefore let us live with urgency and accountability, imitating Christ as our example and the source of our spiritual power.

Response:

How do you need to respond?  Is there a work of darkness that you need to drop?  Is there a person you need to share Christ with?

Romans- Week 11- Day 1- Romans 12:1

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Romans 12:1 

Explanation:

In today’s entry I want to rephrase or paraphrase each part of this verse to help bring some clarity.

“I beseech you”- I, Paul, plead with you.  I beg you.  I am putting the full weight of my influence into this next statement.

“…therefore, brethren”- Based on what I have said in these first 11 chapters, and because you gentile believers are my brothers and sisters in Christ…

“…by the mercies of God”– because of all that God has done for you in sending His Son to die, be buried, and rise again so that anyone who can call on Him will be saved whether they are jew or greek, wise or unwise, or any other human distinction…

“…that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God”- …I’m asking based on my influence, our family connection in Christ, and because of all that God has done so that you can be saved, that you offer your very bodies as a sacrifice to God.  You should live in accordance with what God has done for you.  You should live lives of holiness, separating yourself from sin.  You should live so that you can offer to God bodies and lives that avoid sin and live in the way that He desires for you to live.

“…which is your reasonable service”–  It is reasonable and right for you to live this way because of all that God has done for you and all that He will do for you.  The least you could do is live for Him because He sent His Son to die for you.

Application:

Because of all that God has done for you, what He wants to do in you, and what He desires for your future, choose to offer your body to Him as an offering and sacrifice to God.  It’s the right response in light of all that He has done.

Response:

What sin do you need to give up as a reasonable response to what Christ has done for you?  What repentance needs to happen in your life today?

Romans: Week 6- Day 5- Romans 6:12-14

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  (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.  (14)  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 6:12-14 

Explain:

One of the most important interpretive words in Paul’s epistles is the word translated “therefore”.  He is tying what He is saying or about to say to what has been said.  So, what has been said?  Because we have been justified by faith we are no longer slaves to sin.  We are dead to sin and alive to Christ. 

It is on this basis then that Paul says, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obe it in the lust thereof.”   When we reckon, or consider, or estimate that we are dead to sin, then naturally sin no longer dominates in our bodies.  We know longer have to be obedient to sin.  We don’t offer our bodies up to sin to be used to do sinful things.  Rather, since we are alive to God, we offer our bodies up to him to do righteously. 

So the grace that is given, by faith, through justification leads us to righteousness, since it breaks the power of sin.  Sin doesn’t dominate our lives any longer.  Now we are dominated by the grace of God.

Apply:

By saying “let not” Paul implies that a believer can still allow sin to dominate him at times, even though as a believer we are dead to sin.  Have you ever been there?  I’m sure you have.  As believers, we must choose by faith to reckon ourselves dead to sin.  We must consider ourselves alive to God, and rely on His power to help us fight temptation.

Respond:

Today, let these words be on the tip of your tounge:

  • No.
  • I’m dead to that.
  • Lord, please help me to reckon myself dead to sin, and alive to you!

Romans: Week 6- Day 4- Romans 6:8-11

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  (9)  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  (10)  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  (11)  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:8-11 

Explanation:

Paul continues to think through the implications of Christ’s death and ressurection.  The crucifixion of Christ lead to his resurrection.  Death no longer has power over Christ. He only had to pay for sin one time.  Sin’s consequence is death, and since sin has been paid for sin is no longer demands the death of Christ.  Death has no power over him.

It is the same for us that are in Christ.  So Paul makes this incredible statement in one key word.  The word is “reckon”.  Strongs concordence defines the word translated “reckon”, λογίζομαι (logizomai), this way:

to take an inventory, that is, estimate (literally or figuratively): – conclude, (ac-) count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).

Strongs Concordence

It is an accounting term.  Paul is saying when you estimate yourself in relationship to sin, run the numbers, and come to the right conclusion.  You and I who are in Christ are dead to sin.  We are also alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Justification doesn’t just lead us to right standing, it leads us to right living.  We’re not just positionally right with God, now we’ve been given the power of God to be alive to Christ and dead to sin.

Application:

The problem with “reckoning” ourselves dead to sin is that we must believe this truth by faith.  Just as we are justified by faith, we must also be sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ.  You may not feel dead to sin in the moment, but it’s precisely in that moment of temptation where we must consider ourselves dead to sin.  “I’m dead to that.”  These 4 words might be exactly the right words to say by faith when temptation comes.

Response:

Do you consider yourself dead to sin and alive to Christ?  Try it today when you face temptation.