RHAPSODY OF REALITIES ;
4TH JULY ; 2018 ; PASTOR CHRIS ;
DEAD TO SIN;
…How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein (Romans 6:2).
The Apostle Paul, talking about our righteousness, salvation and the grace that we’ve received from God and how they came about, made the statement in our opening verse. He wasn’t referring to himself and the other apostles alone, but to all of us; we’re dead to sin. That means sin has no power over you, because the nature of sin was supplanted with the nature of righteousness.
1 Corinthians 15:56 lets us know that the strength of sin is the law, but then, the very thing that gave life to sin, which is the law, has been abolished by Jesus. Ephesians 2:15 says He “…abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances….” The Lord Jesus has given us victory over sin, death and the grave! We’ve been made, not just righteous, but the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. See yourself in this light.
The Word of God is Light, and it’s also a mirror that shows who you really are. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Now, the Word says you’re dead to sin.
As you contemplate that reality in the Word, you’re metamorphosed into that truth—into the same image that is revealed in the mirror.
The image in the mirror is that of one who’s dead to sin but alive to God and unto righteousness. That’s you! Your response should be, “Yes! I’m dead to sin, and alive to God, and to righteousness, because I’m the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 6:11 says, “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” God wants you to become conscious that you’re dead to sin. Take this as an absolute truth and live accordingly. Refuse to think that you’re a slave to sin or any wrong habit; become righteousness-conscious.
I’m cleansed and vitalized through and through by the power of the Word. I’m washed; I’m sanctified; I’m justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. Amen!
James 1:22-25; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:21
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Acts 17:1-15 & Job 3-5
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
2 Corinthians 13:1-6 & Isaiah 23-24