Today, marks the 14th day of the forty(40) days of prayer, fasting and alms giving for Spiritual awakening.
Bible text for reflection is Romans 6:1-14;
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Who we are in Christ
Paul, in these 14 verses is helping us to discover who we are in Christ and His expectation from us as Christians. Every Christian is a new creature because in Baptism, one is United with Christ through his death and resurrection.
Christ Jesus voluntarily submitted himself to the penalty of sin by his death on our behalf. He therefore expect us to die to the old life( A life of sin).
The new identity demands the following:
- Do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lust
- Present yourself to God and your body parts as weapons of righteousness
- Sin must not be a master of you.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, know your new identity as a Christian and remember that Christianity is a way of life and we are called to imitate Jesus Christ.
May His grace be sufficient for us to overcome sin and live for God alone.
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