What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion 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. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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driving through the mud on the quad.
We have died to our sin and yet we continue to live in it. Its like having a bath and putting on your old dirty clothes again. Yes, there is grace, thankfully. But what does our actions say to the Lord when we accept his forgiveness and the white robes he gives us, then put on our old nasty ones.
This passage gives such a clear picture of what Jesus really did on that cross.
His death was to fulfill the promise of the Father in Heaven, his death was to give us life. That we would not be slaves to sin any longer and that the life we would live would be to God.
May this scripture stick with us this week as we celebrate Easter and the gift of new and eternal life. And may it be written in your heart to remind you of that new life and what we should do with it.