Hello blessed ones,
I have been so inspired today by Paul’s teaching in in Romans 6-8 and how it can be applied to our lives. We have been, and are being radically changed!
The wonderful truth expressed in Romans 6-8 is that we are identified with Christ in His death and in this sense we died with Him. (Rom 6:3) We are dead to sin, no longer in slavery to it. We can now live by grace, alive to God, walking forward in all of His holy plan. Sin has no dominion over us. (Rom 6: 14) We are empowered by the Spirit to walk in newness of life. Baptism is symbolic of our identification with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. (Rom 6: 3-5) Our old man has been crucified with Christ and we have been freed from sins power. (Rom 6: 6-7)
How can we apply this awesome truth?
Firstly, we must reckon (account) ourselves dead to sin and alive to God. (Rom 6:11) We see ourselves as born again to a new life in Christ! Our attitude towards sin is: we are dead to it! Sin will not reign in our body, we have power to overcome.
Secondly, we must present our members (hands, feet, mouth etc.) as instruments of righteousness to God and set our mind upon His purposes. (Rom 6: 13) We must understand we are not under law now, but grace! The law is good and righteous, but it only serves to reveal our sinfulness, yet cannot deliver us from it. What we want to do, we can’t do, what we don’t want to do, we do. There is a war between flesh and spirit. (Rom 7: 13-25) Christ, in His death, has delivered us from the law and has established us in His amazing grace. We can now walk in the Spirit and in so doing avoid walking in the lusts of the flesh. There is therefore now no condemnation; we are in Christ, we walk in the Spirit not in the flesh. (Rom 8:1) We must now set our mind upon spiritual things not carnal, and trust the Holy Spirit to lead us. (Rom 8: 5-6)
Thirdly, we must trust in His help and transforming power at all times. Although we will go through suffering in our lives, it is nothing compared to the glory which will be revealed in us. (Rom 8:18) The Spirit helps us in prayer and intercession and causes all things to work together for good. God has predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son and the events ordered for us in this life are slowly but surely achieving God’s sanctifying work in our lives, making us more like Jesus, we are being changed from glory to glory. (Rom 8: 26-30)
Finally, rejoice in the Lord! No accuser can bring a charge against us and nothing can ever separate us from His love. We are more than conquerors in Him. (Rom 8-31-37) What amazing things the Lord has done!
Blessing to you,