JUNE 22 READING…ROMANS 6
Sadly, there are those who presume upon God’s grace and either teach or practice a perverted type of Christianity. They are telling people that its literally alright to sin because it shows the grace of God to be greater. God’s grace is what it is…it is amazing. God’s grace needs no help for us to make it look better, or be more effective. Genuine Christians have died to sin…for we were “baptized into Christ’s death”. This baptism has no water attached to it…water baptism is symbolic of this genuine baptism of the Spirit. Paul puts it this way for our understanding…” I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”-Galatians 2:20. Since we have been crucified with Him, we have also been raised in Him to a new life. Our old selves have been killed, we should never resurrect that old man. He is dead, he is decayed, he stinks! Christ’s victory over sin and death, brings us victory over sin and death. Though we are still affected by sin in our present lives…that sin should never have dominion over us.
It is now our call to apply that which Jesus has made possible for us through His victory over death and sin. We make a choice as to who we are going to serve. Now understand that a lost person does not get this choice, for they are by nature a slave to sin. We who are saved have a daily choice as to who we will serve…we will either serve the Lord, or we will serve sin. We present ourselves to the lust of our flesh, and we will be a slave to sin. If we present ourselves to Jesus, we will know true freedom. We have been set free from sin, its time for us to start living this reality. We must remember that the consequences of sin is death…this has always been true, and its true today. You might say that’s not for the Christian, oh but it is for the Christian. Sin always results in death…the death of fellowship with God and other Christians, death of marriages, death of whole societies, death of churches, and the death of effective lives lived in Christ.
Please share your thoughts from today’s reading.
TOMORROW’S READING…ROMANS 7