THOUGHTS THURSDAY: A Study in Romans

Dead to Sin, Alive to God

6 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

The Word tells us that we are saved by His Grace, not by our Works. Paul knows the human temptation and devil’s resort to, ooooh, so you don’t have to do any of that stuff Jesus talks about, you know that, right? You’re already saved. He loves you, that’s all that matters.

By no means, Paul says. We who died to sin cannot continue to live in it. Cannot. 

But ah, shouldn’t I be happy about a life without sin? Is this not the perfect life? Shouldn’t I want what God desires. 

The short answer is YESS. 

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 

We have been LIBERATED from sin, set free. Our sinful selves already dead with His brutal death… Therefore ALIVE with His miraculous resurrection. There is no human fabrication of the Holy Spirit. If we “try” to just live by the law because it’s written that way and Jesus says so but continue to live sort of “in” our bodies, we will fail. The Holy Spirit is all powerful and perfect, HIM. Therefore He abounds each day perfectly. 

8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

If it is CHRIST ALMIGHTY who is alive in us, we will desire only His ways and precepts. We will recognize the tricks of the enemy; we will see and desire the beauty of the sanctity of marriage and purity before it; we will love our neighbours as ourselves and be without judgement for God’s created people; we will crave only more of Him and His ways because we are rejoicing in the eternity of His KINGDOM. 

12 Let not sin therefore reign.

We must put on the full armour of Christ, submitting to Him and prayerfully receiving His Spirit who WORKS, alive and powerful, that He might take over. So while sin is present in the schemes of the evil one through the world, the Lord has overcome it and brings nothing but joy in suffering for His sake and joy in, well, joy. Joy and Life that are set apart. 

Slaves to Righteousness

15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

Our human-ness makes it so that we have to consciously submit to His will and receive the blessing and gift of the Spirit. Then the Lord takes over. But we can be slaves to the enemy, too. Are you enslaving yourself to the Holy and Immortal one? 

I have submitted myself to impurity in many ways and fashions, that’s for sure. But now as I die daily to Jesus Christ my Saviour, He is at work in me.

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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