Giving the Right of Way

In discussing the Christian’s freedom from sin through faith in Jesus, Paul deals with the Christian’s proper mindset toward sin after being raised to newness of life through the watery grave of baptism. He says in Romans 6:11-13, “Like wise reckon [consider] ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members [body] as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”

I really appreciate the King James’ translation when it uses the word “yield” in verse 13. The idea being brought out is the mindset that rejects the rule of sin (hence the old right of way we gave to sin in our body) in comparison to the mindset that now willingly submits to the rule of righteousness (hence the new right of way we give to God with our body). This idea can easily be understood when we think about the rules of the road. When a person drives up to an intersection that contains the important, yet often ignored, upside-down triangle-shaped YIELD road sign the proper mindset knows what to do. A failure to give the right of way can result in an at fault wreck. Paul is reminding us that with the new way of life comes a new right of way and the time for yielding to sin is over (Romans 6:22-23).

So the next time you come to a yield sign ask yourself who gets more of the right of way in our life – that oncoming vehicle or the oncoming God? (Romans 14:11-12)

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3 comments

  1. This is a very interesting read….love the concept. Thanks for posting it.

    Whilst I am here, Can I humbly ask your opinion on the following please……….

    What would you say if someone was to rise today and starts killing people, claiming he or she was commanded by God to do so. Afterall, this took place in the old testament. Right?

    if God intended to purge out sin amogst the people, surely He could have done that Himself like He had done before. Why did God use humans to carry out these killings and if you were alive in those days, would you have believed this was an act of God?

    How do we explain this to Atheists and the kids we are telling that God is so loving and hates evil?

    If you dont mind, could you please also post any response unto our blog so our readers may also benefit from your contributions….Thank You so much :-)

    1. Thanks for your comment and your request for my “take” on the questions you asked.

      First I would simply keep the topic at hand in the Bible and away from emotions and personal opinions as much as possible (2 Corinthians 5:7).

      #1 It is correct that during the Mosaical age that the children of Israel were used by God as an instrument of judgment against sin. God also used other nations like Babylon, Medo-Persian empire in His judgements against and even for the same nation of Israel (Daniel 4:9 and chapter 5; also Jeremiah 27:8) Why did God use Israel to judge the inhabitants of Canaan? An excellent article that deals with this can be found by following this link: http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=11&article=1224 It’s an article entitled “The Warring Destruction of the Canaanite People” on Apologetcispress.org in case the link doesn’t work.

      At times God did purge sin by Himself or through His own doings. For example the world-wide flood (Genesis 6-8). At other times He used the instrumentality of people because he determines the rising and the falling of nations (Acts 17:24-26). God made His will clear to those who were following Him. They had a choice to follow or to walk away. The generation that chose to walk away from Canaan was judged and the generation that chose to follow His will inherited the land (Numbers 13,14 & Hebrews 3). God’s will was cleary shown in these cases so I, hopefully, would have believed or I would have suffered the consequences along with others.

      #2 If someone were to rise today and begin taking lives in the name of (by the supposed authority) God I would ask where his or her authority comes from (Colossians 3:17). The New Testament clearly teaches that God’s people will listen to God’s Son (Hebrews 1:1,2; Matthew 17:4,5). Through Christ we are to “mortify/put to death” the sin in our own lives (Colossians 3:1-7; Romans 6:15-23). Not the physical lives of other people.

      Jehovah is a God of patience with sinful lifestyles but His patience is not un-ending. Sin kills and it goes against His will and it must be judged through our earnings or through His grace (Romans 6:23; 2 Peter 3:9-12).

      If we accept God as our Creator we will accept Him as our Judge. Most deny His right to judgment becuase they deny His existence as our Creator (Genesis 18:25; Isaiah 40:28).

      I hope this helps.

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