Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Romans 6 Through His Death he gave us Life!

Romans 6 (New International Version, ©2011)

Romans 6

Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ
 1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

So sin no longer holds us in bondage we are free from sin! To live the new life that the Lord has given us through his death and resurrection. it is a free gift from the Lord claim it today and claim life!

 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

So Christ came to die for us and will never do it again! He has paid the ultimate price and has conquered death and death no longer has power over him! through this same power when we give our lives to Christ and turn away from sin we are no longer under the power of sin! 
 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

So under grace we do not allow sin to reign in our mortal bodies instead we offer ourselves to God as an instrument to bring about good and blessing! This is why one of my favorite acts of worship is baptism! How wonderful it is to know that it is more than symbolism it is an act in which we bury our mortal bodies as a sign of death to this world and its desire and are resurrected into a new life with God! The everlasting abundant life that only can be found in him! 
Because he is the only way the truth and the life no one can Come to God except through Jesus Christ! John 14:6