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Out With the Old In With the New

03 May

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. (Romans 6:11-13)

Alright, we’re supposed to die to sin and be alive to Christ, be instruments of righteousness, all that stuff. Stuff which is certainly easy to say, but slightly harder in practice. After all, how is it that someone is to die to sin, and live to Christ? How is it that someone can make their “members to God as instruments for righteousness.”?

How is it possible? By something that seems even less possible: re-birth. The only way to die to sin, is to Spiritually die to it. Likewise the only way to live to Christ, is to live in a body not tainted by sin. In re-birth, our old, carnal self dies, to be replaced with a new, Christ-centered self. A “self” (some people would call it a new “man”) which makes us want to serve God. Jesus gave us this new self, when He became our old self, and died. He put all our sins, all our old, carnal, sinful nature unto Himself, and became it. Then He died, and through that death, killed our old self, and gave us His nature: one that desires to serve, and to live for God.

With all that said, it’s important to note this: we still have our flesh. We still have a frail, mortal body with flesh and bone. Thus, we are not entirely Spirit, but also, to some extent, of the World. Thus we’ll occasionally fall to sin. However, now we have a new nature, thus any sin we fall to is only temporary. Before re-birth, we’d have been forced to, “obey its passions.” But now Christ gives us the power to resist. Not only to resist temptation, but He only gives us the strength and perseverance required to spread His Gospel.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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