“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 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. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” —Romans 6:12-14
Romans 6:12 is really the entrance into the PROCESS OF SANCTIFICATION for true Christian living. Though we are not under the law because we are certainly under grace (Romans 6:14), and because “old things are passed away [and] all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17), we are given a commandment to not let sin rule over us. The only way to be obedient to this commandment, however, is through the power of the Holy Spirit, who empowers us with the truth (as He is the Spirit of truth), through the partaking of His nature that is now in us. That new nature is only effectual in the soul of man through obedience to the will and good pleasure of God. Think about it; if Adam, who was made perfect, whose free will was unstable enough to forsake obedience to God’s will and move according to his own will and desire, how much more would we, who have inherited a corrupt nature need to rely on the new nature given us by God? How much more must we have reliance on and dependence upon the indwelling Holy Spirit?
Christian believer, over the next few weeks we will look upon the truth that makes us free from sin. We will recognize the struggle because of what we have understood thus far, and that truth will equip us to yield to God in obedience in order to bring Him glory by an exercise of faith. Surrender to the Spirit now, and continue to do so. Though we have not covered every detail yet, the Spirit calls us to yield, obey, and enjoy His presence.
Read the previous article in this series, “The Gospel of the Bondslave” (Romans 6:12).