October 30, 2020
It is a terrible thing to be in bondage. And the worst servitude is to be enslaved to sin as the ruling principle in your life. To be unable to quit sinning.
DEATH AND RESURRECTION
Paul’s explanation of our new position in Christ in Romans 5-8 explains the liberation we have received through Christ. It’s summarized here:
Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin. (Romans 6:6)
The terms in this verse are critical to understand.
OUR OLD SELF … is describing who I was before I came into a relationship with Christ and Christ came to live in me. Everything changed with my salvation. Once I was a man without Christ; now I forever have Christ. Once I was devoid of His Spirit; now His Spirit indwells me. Once I was unforgiven; now I am completely, eternally forgiven. Once I could do nothing but sin; now I can choose not to sin because of the power of Christ in me.
WAS CRUCIFIED WITH HIM … in a literal sense, all of my sin was laid on Christ and judged by God and the full penalty of sin was given by God to Christ on my behalf. Thus I can say that my old man (the man without Christ, the man unforgiven, the man enslaved to sin as the ruling principle of life) was literally put to death with Christ.
IN ORDER THAT THE BODY OF SIN … the old man who could do nothing but sin.
MIGHT BE DONE AWAY WITH … means that the old man who was enslaved to sin was rendered powerless. It once had the power to completely enslave me. There was nothing I could do but sin. But a new, higher power has now taken over. I can choose to sin, but I can also choose not to sin now through the indwelling power of a resurrected and living Christ.
SO THAT WE WOULD NO LONGER BE SLAVES TO SIN … I can sin, I will sin, but the reality is that I don’t have to sin anymore because “the life of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death!” (Romans 8:2).
I am a new man and I will never, ever be the same again. The old man is forever gone (the man without Christ) and I am free at last!
Father, thank You for the completeness of Christ work on the cross and the resurrection! Thank You that you took care of my sin problem at the cross and You took care of my powerlessness problem at the resurrection, for you are alive and now living in me! Thank You that I’m now and forever free!
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November 24, 2020
All of us appreciate a good accounting system, even if we are not the ones administering it. You are grateful when you go to a store, that they will only charge you what is advertised. In business, you want to know how things will be recorded and have a clear understanding of what will be done, particularly when it’s your money that is involved.
God has an accounting system and Paul, when finally enlightened, realized that it was completely opposite of what he had operated under for years.
November 20, 2020
November 18, 2020
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)
Do you realize what God has done for you in Christ? Notice the three uses of "bless" in the verse above. Paul blesses God because he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.