Romans 6 is such a challenging chapter. In it Paul is addressing the grip sin has on us. He then puts this into the work Christ Jesus did on the Cross not so many years prior to his being in Rome. The Christians there knew of Christ but they didn’t have a good understanding of what Christ had done establishing a new means of creating a relationship with God our Father. The ways of the law were gone. They were replaced with GRACE.
The one thing I see more clearly now than ever before as I read this chapter is what obedience looks like in Grace rather than obedience in the old law practice which was works. Grace requires surrender while the law required works. There is still an element of obedience that must be addressed in Grace. That is the obedience to the Light Christ shed for us. Christ told us “He is the Light” John 8:12; “He is the Way, the Truth and the Life” John 14:6. It is later in the scriptures that we hear from the ones who were first to follow Christ living in this Light and living in this obedience to the Light. James 5:16 tells us to “confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James is describing what living in GRACE requires through obedience.
The new law we are to now follow is confess–this is what the Light Christ sheds wants us to do. I have learned, and am still working on, telling when I am tempted. If we tell the person/s we confess to so they can pray for us, we can avoid stepping into the sin. This is the healing James 5:16 talks about.
Surrendering has a very different look than obedience to a law. The ones following the old laws were pious and proud. The ones who learned to follow the LIGHT were humble and meek for they knew their strength wasn’t in their pride of hiding, it was in their surrendering to the LIGHT and confessing/telling. I will be working on this the rest of my life.