80s Christian Metal Blessings!
Here’s a thought for you, "Until you DIE, you’re not ready to LIVE."
Yep, that’s Paul’s BIG POINT in Romans chapter 6.
Now, to REALLY understand this you need to Reread Romans 5:20-21---where Paul says (paraphrased) “Dude, God’s GRACE is BIGGER than all our sin--so no matter how much sin increases--GRACE INCREASES MORE!”
Ponder that thought for a moment before you continue…
Okay, got it? Now, the opening to Romans 6 will make sense to you.
Romans 6:1-5 “Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.”
The rest of Romans 6 is AWESOME, but honestly, the main point of the chapter is made right here---and it is this… GRACE IS ABOUT LIBERATION from sin, NOT a LISENCE to sin.
When you understood the GOSPEL---the truth that you are a sinner and deserve “death” (eternal condemnation and separation from God)---BUT God, in His great love for you--sent JESUS to take the punishment you deserved--FOR YOU--upon himself, so that when you REPENT (turn away from living for yourself/this world) and chose by faith to follow Jesus as LORD--YOU DIED, spiritually to your old life.
Paul say that in baptism, you were UNITED with Christ in a DEATH to the old, and you were RAISED up (with Christ) to a NEW LIFE of following HIM!
Now that you’ve DIED to your old life--sin no longer has any hold on you. The PENALTY OF SIN is gone. Jesus paid for it.
And, now that you’ve been born again by His Power and Spirit living in you, you have everything you need to live a NEW LIFE.
2 Peter 1:3 "His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness."
You do not have to sin anymore!
NO, Paul is not saying you will never sin again. You still live in the same old body, in the same old broken world---and your sin nature is still kicking and screaming and craving the junk of this world… BUT--you are not a slave to that old nature anymore! You have a new “master,” a new KING!
So, you wake up every day saying, “LORD JESUS, I’m new in You! I died to my old life and now I live for you--by your power that is at work in me!”
And--anytime you lose a battle to your flesh--you don’t hide it or rationalize it--you CONFESS it, thank God for His amazing grace that is ALWAYS BIGGER and walk on joyfully following Jesus!
John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
So, have you died to your old life? Have you been buried with Christ and raised up to a new life with Christ in baptism? Is there anything you need to just confess, receive fresh grace for and move past today?
Whatever Jesus is calling you to do today, say YES!
80s Christian Metal Blessings,