from Lynda Lindsey
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:3-4
Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:16-18
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. Romans 6:22
Grace, God’s abounding grace. Grace triumphs over sin and death, removes the sting, and renders what was once dead, alive in Christ Jesus! Everything old is made new. United with Jesus in His death, burial, and resurrection, we who were once dead in sin no longer live; we’ve been crucified with Christ. Christ now lives in us; the old has passed away, the new has come! Raised as new creations in Christ, we no longer live for our own selfish interests; we eagerly, joyously live to serve our new master Jesus Christ, who died and was raised for our sake.
Controlled by the love of Christ, no longer enslaved to sin, our heart, once arrogant and rebellious, becomes obedient to God’s righteous standards. We haven’t reformed ourselves. We didn’t turn over a new leaf. We didn’t make better resolutions. It’s nothing we have done, nor anything we could ever accomplish on our own. Jesus has done everything for us by His grace. We may look the same on the outside, but we are made new from within. Our cold, hard heart has been removed; our new heart is tender to the things of God and desires to obey our new Master.
With the same abandon that we once served sin, we now abandon ourselves to serve righteousness, harvesting fruit of righteousness and holiness. Considering ourselves dead to sin and alive to Christ, we pursue the things of God: righteousness, faith, love and peace. Will our steps sometimes falter? Yes, but there is now no condemnation in Christ; Jesus deals gently with repentant sinners. We don’t serve a stingy tyrant; we serve a generous master who longs to be gracious to us. Jesus celebrates when we live and walk in His abounding grace. All thanks and glory to God!