Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Again we meditate and personalize a passage of Scripture. This is me praying through the passage above.
God gave His law so I would know when I have done wrong. He wanted it to be super clear that I had failed and my sin and failures abounded. Then He told me that where ever I most failed He had succeeded even more. He said He had more grace than all my failures. He said He would always have more grace than I could ever need.
Sin had ruled to bring death, but His grace rules through His righteousness, His perfection, to eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord and what He has done.
So now that I know that His love and grace are so good and I know that He takes my failures that deserve death and gives me eternal life what am I going to say. Will I allow myself to continue in sin so that God has to keep on forgiving me. Will I take advantage of His super mercy and grace?
Are you crazy, absolutely not? How could I ever do such a thing? I am now dead to sin, my failures, I want them no longer. I do not want to live like that.
Don’t you understand when I was placed in Jesus I was placed into His death? He is dead to sin, and so am I. Sin, I have been buried with Him I am also raised up with Him. I have all of this because of Him and His glory. I can and will now walk in a new life. I will not be like I have been in the past.
Just like I have entered into His death I am also with Him and like Him in His resurrection.
The old person I used to be is dead, crucified with Him. That old body of sin and rebellion is dead. I do not have to serve sin, and I have no intentions of doing so.
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