It all comes down to a simple math problem. As Watchman Nee so succinctly stated, it’s the only thing that we humans can do perfectly. It goes like this. You were nailed to the cross with Christ so you’re dead. You were raised with Christ so His life is your life. Therefore, your freedom is Christ’s freedom. Everything He has, you have. Got it?
My question is, why do so many Christians flunk this simple math exam? I know I flunked this for many years. Did we have a bad math teacher? Were we sleeping in class? Have we really forgotten how to add and subtract?
In my last post I brought up the point that we keep going back to the “cemetery” and dig up our rotting old sinful nature like it’s still alive. We’re grave robbers for Christ. But maybe conceptualizing cemeteries and grave robbing isn’t your thing. If that’s the case, how about we do something more concrete and work out a simple math problem then. Sound good? Okay, let’s look in on Paul’s math class. He’s writing the equation on the chalk board right now…
“Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom.6:11)
First, the word “reckon” is an accounting term. Another word used is “consider.” If I were your accountant (pastor or teacher), one of my responsibilities would be to make sure your ledger agreed with what the bank says you have in your account. So if I said you had a million dollars in your account but you only had one dollar that would be fraud, right? But the opposite is also true. If I said you only have one dollar in your account when you actually have a million, that’s also fraud (or stupidity). Either way, I certainly wouldn’t be an accountant (pastor/teacher) that would be doing right by you.
So, again, let’s do the math…God says you’re dead to sin in His account book (Rom.6:2,7). Also, that He nailed you with Christ on the Cross 2,000 years ago (Rom.6:6; Gal.2:20). So, you “reckon,” or notate that you are “dead to sin, free from your old sin nature” in your account book. Got it? Next, in God’s accounting book, He says He raised you with Christ so you have the same righteousness, the same freedom from sin, the same power working in you that raised Him from the dead (Rom.8:11). So you also “reckon” that in your account book. Got it? That wasn’t so bad, was it?
Now, everyday you wake up you work through the math and live accordingly. By the way, that’s called “presenting yourself” (Rom.6:13). And you don’t “let” any crooked accountants (in your head or otherwise) talk you into something else (Rom.6:12). And when you do this, God says in His account book that sin shall not have dominion over you in your actual experience. This is because you’re now living by His supernaturally empowering grace and not by your performance (Rom.6:14). Sound good? It is supposed to be good news, after all…
And remember, to “reckon” anything otherwise is spiritual fraud…not to mention, kind of dumb, considering what you’ve got sitting in your account.
This is why it matters. Most Christians I know are acting like they’re beggars living under a bridge, struggling on a treadmill of defeat as hopeless victims of their circumstances, when the truth is, they have a beautiful home that’s an absolutely glorious mansion and their Daddy is the richest and most powerful Person in the whole Universe! Not to mention, they have a 24/7 access to everything in their Father’s Kingdom. And the crazy thing is, they don’t have to go anywhere to benefit from it all and they can’t lose it because it’s all living inside of them. Does that add up to you?
I guess my grade school teacher was right. Math would indeed come in handy someday. I hope you work out this simple math equation for yourself (Phil.2:12-13). There’s a lot riding on it.
- Let’s stop grave robbing for Christ (melwild.wordpress.com)