Tuesday, October 16
THE NEW LIFE IN CHRIST
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 newness of life. 5 For if we have been united 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 so that the body ruled by sin might be rendered powerless so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, 7 since a person who has died is freed from sin. 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 the death he died, he died to sin once for all time; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey its desires. 13 And do not offer any parts of it to sin as weapons for unrighteousness. But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves to God, and all the parts of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness. 14 For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under the law but under grace.
When Paul addresses that where our sin runs deep, God’s grace runs deeper he’s very quick to clarify that this does not mean we now have a license to sin. In our culture, we can be timid in talking about grace out of fear that people may hear us say “because of grace, you’re free to do as you’d like.” Scripture doesn’t share that fear and Paul boldly declares that GRACE REIGNS. The reason for that confidence is because when grace really reigns, it doesn’t tolerate sin. Grace doesn’t accommodate sin, it destroys it, it has victory over it.
Grace is no friend to sin; it is its worst enemy. Thomas Benton Brooks wrote, “As heat is opposed to cold, and light to darkness, so grace is opposed to sin. Fire and water may as well agree in the same vessel as grace and sin in the same heart.”
The type of sin Paul is referring to when he says, “shall we continue in sin?” Is the habitual type. He’s referring to an intentional pursuit of a sinful lifestyle. We know that we’re always in need of Jesus because sin dwells in and around us all the time. Because of that, Paul isn’t suggesting sinless perfection. If that were possible Jesus wouldn’t have been necessary. Instead, Paul is challenging a mentality that is willing to pursue consistent, habitual sin because “there’s grace for it.”
So the question to reflect is this: Are there areas in your life where you’re pursuing flesh and presuming upon grace?
Father, give me the wisdom to see the places that I seek to satisfy my flesh. Give me humility to repent of those places. Give me strength to live in victory over those places.
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Listen and Worship.
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Read a Book.
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Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.