Friday, April 2, 2010

128) Christians are alive to God in Christ Jesus

Romans 6:11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Paul reminds Christians they must consider themselves dead to sin. This means they are not captive to sin as they were before God regenerated and gave them a heart of flesh to replace their heart of stone. In Romans 7, Paul relates how he was a slave to sin before his conversion when he was attempting to achieve his righteousness through law keeping. While the Romans 7 wretched man is a slave to sin and does not have the ability to do what is right, the redeemed regenerated Christian has the ability because he is alive to God. He is in Christ Jesus and has been delivered from his body of death. Although Christians still battle sin, they are not wretched men who are enslaved by sin with no ability to do right. Praise God that the law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death [Rom. 8:2].

Focus on Christ #128


mark pierson said...

A great post!

Ya know, if we all did a study of what the New Testament teaches about the indwelling Holy Spirit there would be no more mental assentism. The life changing indwelling of God the Holy Spirit...this is THE ultimate benefit of Christ's cross-work that is experienced by the believer. The believer is a habitation of God through the Spirit. It is the fulfillment of God's Old Testament promises to dwell among His people, they being His temple built by Christ.

mark pierson said...

P.S. Moorhead has posted again.

jazzycat said...

Thanks. Happy Easter. I will check Jonathan out....