“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.” —Romans 6:12-13
Because we have been saved by grace, redeemed by Christ through the cost of His infinitely precious blood, we should not allow sin to reign, rule or have dominion in our lives. We must guard against this for there is a constant onslaught of desires and passions, to which our mortal flesh is not only susceptible to, but also has a tendency toward.
The reinforcement of that commandment is given in Romans 6:13, which is that we should not yield our “members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin.” Literally, from the Greek, we are not to bring the members of our bodies near to sinful unrighteousness. The expression in Greek says that every part of our bodies, arms, legs, hands, tongues, &etc., should not be devoted to or under the direction of sinful passions or corrupt desires.
The remedy against such unrighteousness is also given in Romans 6:13, which is to yield ourselves unto God; that is, to be devoted to and under the direction of God, as one made truly alive, as opposed to what we once were, dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:5). And being made alive in Christ should cause us to desire to yield our members as instruments of righteousness unto God, and not treat the commandment as a cold, heartless, lifeless duty that is carried out grudgingly.
Gospel good works spring forth from gospel truth because of the gospel reality of regeneration through redemption in Christ.
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Read the previous article in this series, “Embracing the Process” (Romans 6:12-14).