We inherit a sin nature from our father Adam; however, once we come to Christ, that sin nature dies with Christ on the cross, and we are now hidden with Christ in God (Galatians 2:20). Our body of sin is dead and we are free not to sin.
We are no longer slaves to carnal lusts and desires (Roman 6:6-7, 8:2). We are not only dead to sin, but we are alive in Christ (Ephesians 2:5; Romans 6:4). God’s Trinity dwells in our body now, and sin no longer has dominion over us.
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ set us permanently free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2). We live in our body, but it is Christ who lives in and through us (Romans 6:6). We walk in the Spirit and do not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Galatians 5:15-25).
Daily, we are renewed according to the image of the One who created us (Colossians 3:10). We are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), in the likeness of Christ, and we now live in righteous, holiness and truth (Ephesians 4:24).
We grasp the revelation that we are baptized into Christ’s death, and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb (Romans 6:3). Even as Jesus overcame sin and death through His life and death, we are freed in Him from sin and death, which are no longer controlling our life (Romans 6:6-9).
We must believe in the reality of what happened on the cross, not just positionally, but experientially as well, because God’s Spirit transforms us through His sanctifying power (James 1:21). We are actually dead to sin and alive to God through Christ in us (Romans 6:11).
If we are tempted, and drawn away by human lust, it is because we have not fully surrendered that part of our self to God. We are choosing to allow that human tendency to retain power over us (Romans 6:12).
In truth, we are no longer obliged to obey the lusts of our flesh, or the temptations of the world and the devil. We do not present our body and soul as instruments of sin and unholiness (Romans 6:13); but we walk in the Spirit, which guarantees that we will not walk in the flesh (Galatians 5:15-25).
Father God, through Christ, who is our whole reason for living, we present our self to You as one alive from the dead (Colossians 3:3-4). We are a living sacrifice and want to be acceptable to You (Romans 12:1). We cooperate with Your Spirit’s sanctifying work in our life, and we disengage from this world and focus on Your Kingdom instead.
Teach us, through the power of the resurrection in us through Christ, to live as slaves of righteousness rather than as slaves to Satan, the world and sin. Jesus already overcame the world, and we overcome the world through His redeeming work in us. Remind us of the reality of the truth that the law of the Spirit of life in Christ sets us free from the law of sin and death.
Thought for the Day:
Jesus only did what He saw our Father doing; and this can be our focus in life as well, because we decrease so that He may increase – walking in the Spirit and not fulfilling the desires of sin that formerly dominated our life.
– Romans 5:15-25