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Romans 6:12-14: the End of the Reign of Sin

Paul the Apostle begins this passage with: "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies."  The "therefore" links this section with what goes before.  In verse 11, that great verse, he said that we must consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ.

And before this he had said that Christians have died with Christ and been raised to a new life in Him (6:4).

And before this he had shown how, even though we were born into Adam's family tree, we were transfered to Jesus' family tree (5:18-21).

And before this he showed us that we not only get the benefits of Jesus' death on the cross when we first believe in him and are justified, but that we are now being "saved by his life" (5:10).  These are the present tense, ongoing benefits of being "in Christ."  He is working in us by his Spirit to transform us.

This is why theology is so important.  It informs us who we are and how we are "sync'd up" with Jesus.  And this helps us see the power he has over sin.  Without everything Paul had written in chapters 1-5, his exhortation not to let sin reign in our lives would have no frame of reference--it would make no sense.

This is why theology is so practical!  Read and think it over.  And over.  And over.

(Regarding the power God has toward us, see also: Ephesians 1:15-23.)

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