Consider these verses:
6:5 "For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
There are two words we're going to pull from this passage: slaves and reckon.
Slaves because it is a theme that runs throughout the Bible. The Israelites were literally slaves to the Egyptians but they soon discovered in their new found freedom that they were slaves in their minds to fear and unbelief. Our minds are far more powerful than we realize. Proverbs 23:7 sums it up well:
You are what you believe you are and you can do or not do only what you believe is possible or impossible. The Israelites in their slavery to fear believed going into the Promised Land was impossible so they stayed in the wilderness. Had they believed it was possible they would have entered successfully.
Reckon: it comes from the Greek word logizomai. Our English word 'logic' comes from this word. Paul is saying we need to be logical and reason through what has happened. Jesus died carrying our sin, guilt, fear, and shame. When He walked out of the tomb all that stuff was gone. It was dealt with and paid for. When we get baptized we are choosing to die to who we were recognizing that because of Jesus we don't need to be that person any more. Just as Jesus came out of the tomb free and new and victorious so we are free and new in Christ. We are not slaves any more.
So what is the problem then? Why aren't we experiencing victory and freedom more? Quite simply it is because we are like this horse. We see ourselves as defeated slaves tied to a life of sin.
We had a lab/collie cross once that loved to chase cars so we had to keep him tied. The first day he was tied and a car came ran full speed toward the road and came to the end of his chain. He had so much momentum he literally flipped over himself. He was a slave to the limiting power of the chain. Soon he learned he could only go the distance of the chain and he stopped on his own.
Soon I discovered something quite amusing. I could unhook his long chain on the other end when he wasn't paying attention. The result? He would run to the end of his chain length and no further because he believed he was still a slave to it's limiting power.
What do we believe? Experience tells us we're slaves. Jesus says we're free.
See you tomorrow