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  • Remember who you are!

    Now since we are free from the penalties of sin, should we continue to sin without giving it any thought?

    Of course not. If we are buried with Christ we are dead to sin, for righteousness cannot tolerate sinfulness.

    That's Right. If you have been baptized in Christ, you have been baptized into his death. We are buried in our baptism, then raised as new people in the likeness of Christ to live a new life.

    We were surrendered to death for our sins, but His mercy and grace have resurrected us as He resurrected Christ. We know if our old self was crucified with Him to destroy the body of sin, we must turn from sin to live lives of purity, for when you have died, you are free from sin.

    And we know if we died with Christ we will also rise with Christ, knowing His resurrection took death's power over Him and through Him, us as well. He died only once to sin, but lives eternally in God, our Father and in the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Therefore, brothers and sisters, you are dead to sin, but alive in the Lord, Jesus Christ.

    So don't allow sin to be in your life; don't let the temptations of lust rule your body. Don't surrender to sin, but be new men and women who have died and been resurrected from the dead to serve the living God.

    Sin no longer has any power in your life, for you are now under God's grace and not his law. Does that mean we are free to sin because the law no longer applies to us? Of course not! If you allow sin to guide you, you are the servants of sin. So sin becomes your master, and you abandon grace.

    Thank God that you are now delivered from sin and free to live according to the gospel you have received in your hearts. You are free from sin, free to serve righteousness.

    Forgive me if I am speaking in worldly terms, but it is important for you to know that while you were once servants of iniquity, you are now servants of righteousness. Before, you were sinners, lost from God's grace and condemned by the laws.

    Think of all that came to you from sin. You were ashamed of yourselves, angry with one another, and lost to the Lord through death.

    But now you are free from sin and free to serve God. Just think of all that comes from His grace and mercy; peace, harmony, and life everlasting.

    “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord.”

    The Journey Begins Now

    A motivational speaker in the 1980', Tom Peters, once said something very profound about change:

    People say it takes a lifetime to change and that is rubbish! Change happens in a nanosecond, as soon as you make the decision to change, and then takes a lifetime of dedication to maintain that change”

    I'm paraphrasing, but I hope you get the point. Once you have chosen to become a Christian, there is no turning back. You have accepted the sacrifice of Christ and are covered in His blood, so that when God the father looks at you, He sees Christ.

    Luckily, God sent us three tools to make our transition easier to maintain. First, He sent the Holy Spirit, the indwelling God, as our guide through life. Secondly, He gave us the scriptures, written by the Holy Spirit through men chosen by God to give us His words. Lastly, He taught us how to pray.

    If there is anything more important to being a Christian than prayer, I have no idea what it might be. Prayer is the link to God through the Spirit, the way to focus every day to do His will and not allow your carnal thoughts to guide your actions. Prayer allows you to focus on the will of the Spirit and not on your own selfish desires.

    In the text above, Paul is using logic to reason with the readers, which is what they were used to. Logic began in Greece and spread to Rome and many other parts of the world as a philosophy of the enlightened and educated. Simple logic, as Mr. Spock might say, is the extrapolation of facts to arrive at a conclusion or course of action. So Paul is reminding them of their commitment to Christ and the Holy Spirit through an explanation of virtue versus sin.

    In a nutshell, Paul is saying, “that is who you were, but this is who you are. Never forget it.”

    I hope you are all having a blessed day.

    Fred
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