Last week we read about the wonderful love of God from Romans 5. He forgives our sin and He blesses us by giving us this incredible grace. The very thing we don’t deserve He gives it to us in abundance. So Chapter 6 is a reminder to rely not on ourselves but rather for us to rely on God. The bold print is for us to take action.
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” Romans 6:1-2, ESV.
“Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:8-11.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23.
So if we think that chapter 6 gives us a stern warning in regard to our sin, wait until you read chapter 7.
“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.” Romans 7:18-19.
“Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” Romans 7:24-25.
It is important that we do not stop there in chapter 7. There is clarity for the tension we live with. Thanks for your patience. Let’s conclude with chapter 8.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” Romans 8:1-5. What is underlined above is God’s action for our undeserved benefit.
Pray, “Thank you for your incredible gift of grace. I desire to keep my goals and plans for today and for the future in communion with your will. With your help I want to set my mind and my heart on the things of eternal significance, Amen”