So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Next week, April 30, we will begin a series in Paul’s letter to the Romans. We will be looking at the gospel of Jesus and how the gospel transforms every aspect of our lives. With this series, not only will we be looking to see how the gospel changes everything, we will also be praying that God would do again in us, what he began 500 years ago, in the Reformation that swept across Europe. We will be praying for gospel renewal in our lives and in our church.
To prime the pump, consider the verse above. If you are born again, a radical shift has taken place in your life. You are not what you once were. At one time you were spiritually dead to God, but alive to sin. But because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection and his indwelling Spirit given to you, you are now dead to sin and alive to God. Because of this spiritual reality, we are to consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God. What that means is that sin does not reign over us like it used to. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean that we can fully stop sinning in this life, but it does mean that we don’t have to sin any longer. One day we will no longer sin, when we see Jesus face-to-face. But until that day, we can begin to say ‘yes’ to obedience and ‘no’ to sin.
What glorious truth! Today, you don’t belong to sin. You belong to Jesus, and in union to Jesus you are alive to God. This is the freedom to which we are set free. We are free to obey God. We are no longer slaves to sin.
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