“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them”
Today’s text is just a blessing! It tells us that the man in Christ is God’s work, created for good works. There is no better way to live above sin than coming to the revelation that you were made for good works.
Sin consciousness can’t help you live above sin. The only way to live above sin is to grow in the knowledge that it is under your feet already. Let us move on to review Romans 6 & 8 to get a better understanding of this.
Romans 6:1 is a very popular verse, but it is easily misunderstood as well. It says: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” Many people stop at the beginning of verse 2 which says: ‘God forbid, and assume that it means grace is weak in the face of sin.’
But let’s see what the Apostle actually says: “God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Rom 6:2-4). Look at that! Doesn’t it remind you of what we studied from Ephesians in the last few articles?
We can’t continue in sin because we are dead to sin. We were baptized into Christ’s death. We died with him. We were raised up with him to walk in the newness of life. That’s the reality of your life! I want you to read the next few verses out loud, personalizing them: “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him” (Rom 6:5-8).