“What shall we say, then? Shall we go own sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may have a new life.
If we have been untied with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.” Romans 6:1-7
I feel like after reading that, I can look up at the heavenly Father and just praise him. The fact that when we have made the decision to put Jesus Christ first in our lives and become a Christian, puts to DEATH our old self.
This can mean a lot of different things; leaving addictions behind, finding new friends, putting pride aside, etc.
Just as the father was put to death we too are to lay our old sinful self down, raising up and becoming a new person.
This scripture also tells us not to abuse the gift grace that we have been freely given because there will be times when we truly fail and have to seek the Father for forgiveness. When we say yes to Christ we are saying no to sin. God and sin are no even comparable. They cannot dwell together. God cannot be in the presence of sin, that’s why Jesus asked the Father when he was on the cross, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus took all of that sin and nailed it to the cross, making us alive with him and our salvation a free gift. His sacrifice was so costly, yet we are given the free gift of salvation. In return, we are not a slave to sin but free from it!!
Once we put on our new life, the trails still come out way but a verse that keeps me focused to live on the mission we were set out to be on is 1st Corinthians 9:19.
“Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ”
How are you living your life? Have you set your old self down and given it to Christ? If you have, what are you doing to live for him?