Quick Study: Romans 6:10-11
[Rom 6:10-11 NASB] 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 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
As Christians are we dead to sin?
As surely as the fact that Jesus died and now lives to God!
It's an interesting word choice for me, the word consider. For the most part, this word is read in the same way that one might read the phrase "I'm considering a job change." As if it was merely a proposal for consideration. But this is not what the term means at all; in fact it's an accounting term in Scripture.
In Hebrews 11:19 the writer uses the very same word when giving us insight into the faith of Abraham with respect offering Isaac on the altar. The writer says he "considered" that God could raise people even from the dead. The lexical definition reads: to count, to consider, to credit. A proper use of the term would be to say, "you can take it to the bank." It's that sure.
Our death to sin and life to God is to be understood in the same way that Christ died and rose and is alive with God. Paul is saying that we can "take it to the bank", we are dead to sin and alive to God in Jesus!
Questions: Do Christians still struggle with sin?
Is it because they are still United with sin or because they simply choose it?