1 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.
5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.Romans 6:1-14 (NLT)
Fourteen verses in one sentence: Sin no longer has power over us, because we are in Christ, who defeated sin and death for us.
The categories on my information chart follow the opposites stated above:
DEAD TO SIN. So, if we’re no longer slaves to sin…
ALIVE IN CHRIST. …what does freedom look like?
During this pandemic, most of us are experiencing a much smaller world as we isolate ourselves in our homes. I have found that thesins that I’ve held on to in my attitudes are much harder to hide. So what I’ve heard from God in these verses is related strongly to my situation. What is God saying to you?
My picture is more about what God said to me through these verses than the content of the verses. Sometimes that’s what happens as we follow through with the hard lessons God is teaching us. What is your picture from these verses?
Tune in tomorrow–same time, some place–for my answers. I’d love to hear what God is saying to you. You can use the comment section below or email me at KSEvenhouse@gmail.com.