“Likewise, reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:11)
When I’m in the company of southern or country folk they tend to use terminology that specifically or exclusively tie back to their roots, and they will naturally have conversation only they can completely decipher. For instance, the phrases “fixin,” “y’all,” “over yonder”, “what in tarnation” and the like, if you are from the south you understand the meanings of these phrases and their intended purposes. ‘Reckon’ is one those words coined by south and has adopted a southern twang and usually means ‘I think’ but is that the same understanding Paul uses here in Romans?
Reckoning in this passage has more sustenance to the meaning than the typically southern undertone. Paul is encouraging the saints, after their gospel revelations, to logically consider yourselves dead to sin. This is bottom-line; you aren’t governed by the old man in addition, we are to consider ourselves new, moreover alive in Christ. This is the logical step after fully understanding God’s grace and love. Reckoning is a process, but it is also can be an event; if you believe.
What would be the level of freedom if the believer whole-heartedly reckoned themselves dead, and allow the new person to fully emerge. Reckoning, or another way put; God’s Word as the bottom line, allows us to explore these endless possibilities of course it will take the yielding to the indwelled Holy Spirit, but it’s worth it. “For I reckon that the sufferings of the present time are not comparable to the coming glory to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full-time staff member at America’s Keswick.
Daily Quote: “We must desire to be separated unto the Lord from the world and its evil system. We must reckon ourselves dead to sin and alive to God. This is true positionally, but it can be made true in our spiritual life only as we yield to the Holy Spirit’s control.” – Theodore Epp
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” – 2 Kings 6:17