11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.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.14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:11-14
We are called to count ourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Jesus has made the way for us once again to have a living relationship with the Living God. When sin entered the human race in the Garden of Eden it separated humanity from God. But through the shed blood of Jesus our sins have been forgiven. They have been nailed to the cross.
We are called not to allow sin to reign in our mortal. The freedom we have in Christ has enabled us to be free from the curse of sin and death and to walk in obedience to the Lord and His leading. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to walk in obedience on a daily basis. The key is relying fully upon the Lord and drawing near to Him.
We are called to offer our bodies as instruments of righteousness. Many of the gentile believers Paul wrote to had come our of pagan religious systems where sexual immorality was a huge part of idol worship. Those who followed after idol worshipped believed that through sexual sacrifice they could please the gods they served. There were prostitute temples that filled the Roman Empire.
But once these gentiles became believers they were to no longer use their bodies and their lives for wicked purposes. Idolatry is steep in demonic activity and the so called gods of the world are simply lying demonic spirits masquerading as gods. Those who were talking part in these idolatrous practices were simply blinded by the lies and deception of Satan.
But we who are in Christ today are called to use our lives for His glory and righteousness. True saving faith in Jesus Christ will transform our hearts and birth within us a desire for righteousness. It is impossible for a person to claim to follow Christ and continue to remain a slave to sin. If we are enslaved by sin then we have not fully turned our hearts over to Jesus Christ.
Sin is no longer our master. Through Jesus Christ we have come under the new covenant. It is the better covenant that is based upon the shed blood of Jesus Christ. It is only the blood of Jesus that can atone for and wash away our sins. In Christ we are free and we are called to not use our bodies as instruments of righteousness. Let us always remember that faith without works is dead. If we have truly come to authentic faith in Jesus Christ then we will desire to draw near to the Lord and walk in obedience with Him.