Focus: Romans 6:10-11 - KJV
10. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
It cannot be overemphasized, that although Jesus died for our sins that we may be free from the effect thereof, sin as a phenomenon still does exist. Indeed, the sacrifice of Christ serves to free mankind from sin and its effect; some may refuse to accept that they have been so released from the grip of sin. And, where some others do so believe but decide to live by lusts that drag to sin, they end up in sin again. For sin is simply disobedience unto God. If we therefore claim we have been ransomed, but decide to continue to live in disobedience, how can we then claim that we are free from sin? The one who died for our sin did so, once and for all. He is not coming to die for it again, never. He now lives (from His resurrection) unto God and has given those that identify with His death, the grace to also live unto God, even though we still bear the human body.
Living unto God therefore, connotes dwelling on earth, a life devoid of lust that may lead back to sin. Lust is an enticing inducement to do that which the Lord does not approve. We cannot claim to live unto God and carry evil thoughts in our minds. It is from the level of our thoughts that we are identified in the spirit realm. When we purify our hearts, the Holy Spirit dwells in us to help us achieve great and mighty things, as pure vessels living unto our God. The lives that have the Holy Spirit absent in them are prone to errors and abuses. King Saul lost it and was just full of misbehavior: he became insane; was no longer bold to confront his battles; sought to kill the helper of his destiny; ended up dead with his offspring on the same day. However, those who live unto God are like mount Zion that cannot be toppled.
Beloved, let us not be deceived by the lie of the devil which suggests that by salvation, whatever we do afterwards is already covered. If it was so, it will not have been necessary for Paul to give the admonition in our reading today. If it were so, there will not be a need for the judgment seat of Christ. If it were so, there would not have been need for Christ to direct Peter to feed His sheep. Or what is the essence of feeding those who are fully saved? It is a dangerous rope we tread on when we assume because someone appealed to our conscience and we responded to an “altar call”, if we returned to our old ways we will still get to heaven. Why then is the statement true that the dog has returned to his vomit? There is a vomit that can be returned to. Stare clear of it.
SOLUTION: Let not sin be found in you in anyway: whether because you have refused to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, or refused to be baptized unto his death, or returning to willful disobedience of the directives of God. The wages of sin remain death. Don’t let Christ deny you. A return to sinful ways after salvation is a denial of Christ.
Please pray: Lord, please keep me in the way of righteousness forever more in Jesus’ name. Let me never return to sin, no matter the temptation, in Jesus’ name.
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