In view of our death unto sin by the cross of Jesus Christ, and our present sharing of His resurrection life, Paul lays out instructions for how we are to live this amazing new life. And first among them is the command that we not allow sin to control the way we live, that we refuse to allow our old sinful desires to run our lives as they once did.
Sin, Paul tells us, has ceased to be our master. We now live under the freedom of God’s Grace, not the requirements of the Law (the purpose of which Law, remember, was to show us how much under the rule of sin we were, how much we need a Savior.)
“Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the Glory of God.” Romans 6:13, NLT.
The rule of sin in our lives has been broken; the rule of God has begun. We no longer are helpless, as we were before Christ died for us. The resurrection Life of Christ has been made available to us, and Paul urges us to yield ourselves to God, to follow His lead, to live for the glory of God. We who have died to sin, who have been raised to life in Christ, are exhorted to live this out day by day. The old temptations and desires are met with the declaration of God–“I am dead indeed unto sin. I am alive unto God through Jesus Christ my Lord.” This faith, this living by the word of God, pleases God, and brings Him Glory.