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Dead to Sin, Alive to God

Discover the Power of Reckoning to Set You Free in Christ


You have come to this website to learn about biblical reckoning, a concept found in both Old and New Testaments. Reckoning is not an option for Christ’s followers. It is a command by the Apostle Paul. My book Dead to Sin, Alive to God focuses on this command:
“Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:11 NKJ)

You can learn about my book, and you can explore the many resources on reckoning. I invite you as well to read my ongoing exposition of Paul’s epistle to the Romans, especially chapter 4 and my message on 6:11.

What is reckoning?

Don’t let the word reckoning mislead you. We are not talking about the “day of reckoning,” as if you will be called to account for your actions. Nor will you find here reviews of the Reckoning music albums by the rock bands Grateful Dead and R.E.M. And no character in a Western movie will say, “I reckon I’ll mosey over to the saloon.” Well, one just did, but that’s all.

Simply put, reckoning is a type of thinking that considers something to be true. Everyone considers some things true—even if they are not true—so everyone reckons. When we reckon in the biblical sense, however, we are relying on God’s word, which is always true. This is why, in the Bible, to reckon is to draw a logical conclusion from known facts.

In my book Dead to Sin, Alive to God I describe biblical reckoning as follows:

Reckoning is a concept that comes from the world of mathematics and accounting, and here is what the Bible wants us to know: when we believe in Christ for salvation, God deposits in our spiritual bank account the righteousness of Christ and all the blessings that come from being in him. We draw from the riches in our account by reckoning these blessings ours. It’s like writing a check when we know that we have money in our account.

God’s reckoning, our reckoning

God himself reckons in the sense that he counts a person righteous on the basis of his or her faith. Genesis 15:6 says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him for righteousness” (NASB). That verse has reverberated through salvation history as a thunderbolt from heaven. The Apostle Paul considered it so important that he devoted an entire chapter of Romans to explaining its implications. I encourage you to read my exposition of Romans 4.

Because God credited righteousness to Abraham, Abraham was then entitled to reckon himself righteous, which is the subject of chapter 8 of my book. When we reckon, we do it the same way Abraham did—agreeing with what God says about us.

In the New Testament, reckoning as our responsibility is most prominent in Romans 6:11 where it is a command by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the believers in Rome—and to all Christians still today. Paul tells us to recognize the truth of what God has done through Jesus Christ to free us from the control of sin and make us alive to obey and worship him.

If you have confessed Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, God has united you with Christ in his death and resurrection. As a result, God now thinks of you as dead to sin and alive to him, and he wants you to think of yourself the same way. Reckoning brings your thoughts in alignment with God’s thoughts about you.

As you learn more about this subject, you will find that it has the power to set you free!