January 20, 2023

Romans 6:1-11 (HCSB)
The New Life in Christ

6 What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? 2 Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life. 5 For if we have been joined with Him in the likeness of His death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of His resurrection. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that sin’s dominion over the body may be abolished, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, 7 since a person who has died is freed from sin’s claims. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him, 9 because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again. Death no longer rules over Him. 10 For in light of the fact that He died, He died to sin once for all; but in light of the fact that He lives, He lives to God. 11 So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Garnett Cothern
Paul has just concluded a comparison between “the law” and “God’s grace”. He even states “should wesin more to get more grace”? NO!! Our “decision” to accept Christ and be baptized is a representation of death to our former life and the raising up to a new life in Christ. We have thus died to sin and will live a new life with Christ, now and within eternity. Death and sin, which we all face, will no longer be our master, but we shall be under the protection and provision of our loving God’s Grace. We know, with certainty, that God cares and provides His Love and provision for all mankind. What a wonderful and caring God. Why would anyone refuse to have such a relationship? Makes one wonder why anyone would take such a position. Know anyone who needs such a relationship? Pray for them. Pray “hard”!

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