Bible Reading: Romans 6.8-11
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6.8-11
In yesterday’s devotional, we heard the great truth that those who have been united with Christ have been united with Him in His death and resurrection, so that they may walk in newness of life (6.3-5). Paul continues to expound on this great truth pointing to the hope that those united to Christ’s death and resurrection will live with Christ.
The reason for such hope is because death is no longer master. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus the power and control of death was put to death in Jesus. That is why Paul tells the church in Corinth, But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immorality, then will come about the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15.54-57). This is the hope of those who have been saved by God. Jesus has paid the death that we are to pay, becoming our substitute on the cross. He bore our sin and the wrath of God that we all rightfully deserve. This is what Martin Luther calls, the great exchange (2 Corinthians 5.21). As a result, we will live with Christ forever.
Jesus also sets the example and model for life now. He died to sin on the cross once and for all and lives to God. So, shall we consider ourselves dead to sin as we now have Christ as our Lord and Savior. He has taken us and made us white as snow. So, we should also live as Jesus lives. Our lives shall be lived unto God for His glory and name sake. We now belong to Him because of our union with Christ by faith and now we live as Christ lived and continues to live for God the Father.
I pray that such truth today brings hope and freedom. Our biggest fear which is death has been removed and taken away. What else shall we fear? Nothing can separate us from the love of God. So, may we live unto God with a passionate, sold-out abandonment unto Him alone.
Weekly Memory Verse: Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17