Know, Reckon, Yield
For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 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. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. (Romans 6:5-14)
The incarnation of Jesus goes beyond His own death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and exaltation. His incarnation extends to those who believe in Him. We were closely joined to Him in His death (when He died, we died) and in His resurrection (when He rose, we rose). Now Christ is in us, and we are in Him.
As believers, we know something important about our death with Jesus: we know that what we were in Adam has been crucified. We also know that our crucifixion with Christ renders our bodies of sin inoperative, put out of business. Our bodies of sin (i.e. our flesh) no longer have power over us as they did prior to conversion. We are now able not to sin. We are not sinless, but rather are able not to sin. This is what we know, and are confident in it.
We are to reckon (to consider as true) that we are indeed dead to sin. We are commanded to remember that sin does not have strength over us as it once had. We also are commanded to reckon that we are alive to God. We are now awake to Him and responsive to Him. Whereas in the first Adam we were dead to God, now we are alive to Him. We can hear His voice, sense His presence, and experience His love and power. We must consider these things as true. It is essential for believers to reckon these things as true, because that is what it means to live supernatural lives as born again believers.
We must not allow sin to have authority over us. It must not reign, as if it was our master or king. We must not yield any part of our bodies to sin. Instead, we must submit ourselves to God, and each of our body parts to Him as instruments or tools that He can use for His righteous purposes. God is able to use our mouths, our eyes, our ears, our hands, to fulfill His plans in us. We must give Him that opportunity, each and every day.
To summarize, we are to know, reckon, and yield. These three words, and the concepts behind them, are extremely powerful. They lead us into the experience of the victorious Christian life.
Note that they are not optional for us; they are Divine commands. Our role is to obey as children of God, and bondslaves of Jesus Christ.
For Further Review
1. From this text, write down what we believers know. What are some implications that arise from what we know?
2. From this text, write down what we are to reckon. What are some implications that arise from what we are to reckon?
3. From this text, write down to whom we are to yield, and what we are to yield. What are some implications that arise from our yielding in these ways?
4. In your own words, write out a summary of know, reckon, yield as you might explain it to a new believer, or to a 10 year old child. (This will help you in your own understanding of these truths.)
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