Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ
1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We 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.
5If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9For 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.
11In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
Romans 6:6 Or be rendered powerless
We are about to study the section of Paul’s Letter to the Romans that deals with sanctification. Sanctification is the change God makes in our lives as we grow in faith.
Since God likes to forgive, why don’t we sin more often to give God more opportunity to forgive? Paul says that is just taking advantage of God and God’s mercy. The availability of God’s mercy is not an excuse for careless living and moral laxness. When we are baptized, our sins are taken away, they die with Christ. As our old ways die with Christ, our knew faith needs to live in Christ. That is what it means to be saved. We need to never fear death, because we have found peace and assurance that we will always live. Not on earth, but in Heaven.
This is why we should increase our study, Godly works and worship. When we no longer fear death, we enjoy life. The more we grow, the more we enjoy. We are dead to sin- but alive through Christ!
Prayer- Lord, give us the strength to grow. Remove from us all external distractions that can sidetrack us from our main goal- a life with and through You. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.