Sin no longer rules you, so you must rule it out.
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Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 43
Q. What further advantage
do we receive from Christ’s
sacrifice and death on the cross?
A. Through Christ’s death
our old selves are
put to death,
and buried with him,
so that the evil desires of the flesh
may no longer rule us,
but that instead we may dedicate
ourselves as an offering
of gratitude to him.
The resurrection of Jesus is something believers teach our little ones from a young age. While we celebrate the resurrection every time we gather for worship, we especially do so on Easter Sunday. The resurrection receives this well-deserved attention because it is fundamental to our faith. It is because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ that we hope, both for this life and the life to come.
As Paul wrote to the Romans, if we have been united with Christ in a death like his, we shall also be united to Him with a resurrection like his. This is the promise we celebrate on Easter, that just as Jesus was raised from the dead, so too shall those who belong to Him. This is the promise we often focus on with resurrection, however you do not need to wait for this life to pass you by to experience the benefits of the resurrection.
Jesus’ death and resurrection has set you free from your enslavement to sin. When Jesus was nailed to the cross, so was your old self. There are multiple things that are considered part of this “old self,” including the sinful life before coming to faith in Christ and your past state of sin through your union with Adam, the first man through whom sin entered the world.
This is not a promise of relief from sin that occurs in the future, that once you die then you will be set free from sin. Instead, Paul wrote, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” This freedom from sin is already at work in the life of believers. The old self has already passed away, and the evil desires of the flesh no longer reign in you.
The freedom from your enslavement to sin that Christ has won for you does not mean that you no longer sin. Even the most devout of believers is unable to live a life void of sin. While sin is still a reality we all face, a shift does occur in the life of the believer because of the freedom from sin given through Jesus. The old self which was dominated by desires to sin has passed away, and the new self in Christ, which is dominated by a desire for righteousness and holiness, has taken hold.
The benefits you receive from the death and resurrection of Jesus are already here. Because you have freedom from your enslavement to sin, you also have an obligation to live into this new life in Christ. Today's passage concludes with these commands in v12-13:
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Father God, who has called you to new life in Jesus;
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Ask for the strength to be increasingly disgusted with sin as you seek to offer yourself to God.
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:
Read the New Testament in a year, a chapter a day - Matthew 11