I do have an advantage over some fellow followers of Jesus; in that I have been priveleged to observe dead people. There was the people who generously left their “tents” for me to learn anatomy in medical school. Victims of auto accidents, bodies in morgues waiting to be moved on.
So when the Bible says, Likewise reckon yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin; I have an excellent picture of what that looks like. Now, I don’t recommend that you actually carry a corpse around in your car in order to keep the picture clear as to what deadness looks like. But, it does help to form a clear portable picture in your head.
Let’s take some situations and try to imagine the corpses’ response.
1.Someone says to you,”You stupid lazy good for nothing lout!” And the corpse responds—————–
2.A person of the opposite sex offers immodest views of their body And the corpse responds——————-
3.”Hey would you like to go party and get drunk?” And the corps responds.
Well, you get the picture. When it comes to sin be more corpse like. Yes, I know, you may have more urges and desires than a corpse but by God’s grace you can yield your members according to this useful picture of a responding corpse. It is still obedience even if it doesn’t come easily and requires support from the Holy Spirit and others to emulate.
I am practicing for our Easter Play and I am pretty bad at it at this point but I have a picture of what I want to act like and each time I practice I look a little more as though I really want to “Kill the blasphemer!” (I’m a scribe) So, don’t get discouraged, you too can ACT LIKE A CORPSE! When it comes to sin.