Spiritual Math

8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 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 (Romans 6).

When a person truly understands (“knowing”—verse 9) how Christ has conquered death, that is when he has faith (“believes”—verse 8) in the facts of the gospel which unites him with Christ forever, and then reasons (“consider”—verse 11) himself to be dead to sin.

The word “believes” in verse 8 is the verb form of “faith,” thus a true translation would be “faiths.”  The word “consider” in verse 11 is “logizomai” (kind of looks like “logic”), which is an accounting term meaning “to compute or calculate” the facts.  Thus, God uses both reason as well as faith in the spiritual process, as we have faith in our future union with Christ and thus daily “do the math” and ourselves as dead to sin.

The way you die to self and live for God is to take hold of the fact that you are already dead with Christ and alive to Him.  Thus, the “newness of life” is both a starting point at the moment of our new birth, as well as a middle point in our daily walk.  Our faith is always new, and thus never boring.

Thank You, Lord, for the spiritual math that unites faith and reason.  Help us This Day to do the math in such a way that brings honor to You, sanctification to us, and hope to others.  Amen.