How to change: Know, Reckon, and Do
In Romans 6:1-14, Paul is answering the false allegation from the person that says, ‘If I’m saved by grace, I’ll do whatever I want’, telling us how we as believers can be changed. Are you stuck in the the rut of lust? Bitterness? Unforgiveness? Shackled in hate? In shame? Pride? Then, this passage is for you. There are steps for transformation. Not a one-and-done formula, but clear steps that must be repeated our whole lives to change. What must we know? That we died to sin. When we put our faith in Jesus our story becomes his story. Jesus Christ died for sin and in the mystery of conversion we die to sin. His crucifixion is our crucifixion and his resurrection is our resurrection. What must we reckon? The finality and irreversibility of what Jesus did. Just as Jesus can no longer be under the dominion of death we can no longer be under the dominion of sin again. Sin can still tempt us but it cannot control us or kill us. The only power it has over us is the power of bluff. In the moment of temptation we must intentionally apply the reality that we died and were brought back to life with Christ. What must we do? Say yes to righteousness in obedience and no to sin. We must obey. Moralism says obey, license never says obey, but the gospel says know, reckon, AND obey. We must also take our gospel vitamins by reading the word of God that fuels a life of righteousness, holiness, and obedience. Transformation is not a single event but a lifelong process. Have you put the stake in the ground? You can listen to this message on Romans 6:1-14 by Pastor Mike HERE!