We were crucified with Christ. Hallelujah!
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
We are a new creation in Christ Jesus.
We are no longer descendants of Adam. We are of a new creation of people. Do you see the wonderful words in verse 6? We are no longer slaves to sin. We have been set free. God’s Word is truth. It is infallible and a guarantee. His Word is the only thing that is for certain in this very broken world. Our jobs are not guaranteed. Our health is not guaranteed. Our relationships are not guaranteed.
But our salvation in Christ Jesus is guaranteed! Our new life in Him is guaranteed.
Grace does not give us a license to sin. We cannot have the mindset that grace covers all of our sin so why does it matter if we sin or not? It does matter! Paul is emphatic in his response to this question in verse 2 above. We are those who have died to sin. Our old self died when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. This is so important to understand. Our old self is no longer. We are now in the Body of Christ. And He is in our body. How can we keep sinning in our lives when we are in Him and He is in us?
We were buried with Him through the baptism into death so that we could be raised with Him into the new life. This new life should reflect Jesus to others. When we look in the mirror, we need to get past seeing ourselves. Look in a mirror today and look for Jesus. He truly wants us to have a transformation from death unto life. This transformation happens gradually.
As we go deeper into Jesus in our prayer time and our time with Him studying His Word, He goes deeper in us. This is called “sanctification” which means the process of being made holy. Sanctification is the change that God makes in our lives as we grow in our faith. It is all HIM. It is all about Jesus. All. The. Time.
This brings about an amazing transformation taking us from Adam to Jesus.
This transformation results in the good fruits growing (and showing) in our hearts.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Stay in the Word with me on this journey. Together we can transform families, communities, cities, states, even nations! Look in the mirror today and see Jesus! Start telling yourself who you are out loud throughout your day.
- You are holy and pure.
- You are righteous.
- You are a child of the Most High God.
- You are heir to the promises of Abraham.
- You are precious and loved by Him.
- You are protected from the inside out.
- You are the light.
Let it shine!
Stay in the Light and the Love Always,