Well friends, in my Bible, the heading for this chapter is “Sin’s Power is Broken”. This is the point of the gospel. Before we had Jesus, we were slaves to sin. We couldn’t help ourselves, it was all we knew. Even the Jews were slave to this human nature. If you read through the Book of Leviticus, there is a whole list of things that you have to do to overcome sin. Mostly it involved some intricate system of sacrifices. But because of Christ’s death we are no longer bound by the system of sacrifices.
The unfortunate thing about sin is that sin leads to death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (6:23 NLT). This simply means that as long as we continue to sin, we are dead. But God is able to give us new life, it reminds me of Ezekiel 37. In this passage, the prophet Ezekiel is brought to a valley of dry bones. God tells him to speak to the bones in order to bring them to life, and as he does the bones come together and form flesh upon them. Then God tells the prophet to speak to the wind to breathe new life into these remade bodies.
While we are in sin, we are just like the remade bodies. We are alive, but really we are no different than being dead. We cannot live for God, we cannot do what He asks of us, because we are dead. But God offers us life. Once we have life, than we are unstoppable because we are alive and everyone else (not in Christ) is still dead.
So wake up friends! Christ is breathing new life into us so we can live. We can now go out into the world in live for Him. So be the light to this world that God has called you to be. Live a life, because now you are alive and not dead!