Saturday, December 07, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Romans 6:3-10(NASB)
3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
This part of Romans always gets my head scratching; I'm not yet a sin-free zone, for I do things (or at least think about things) God doesn't like on a hourly basis. We aren't slaves to sin anymore, but go back to our old boss' digs for regular visits. We keep finding that it's a lousy place and that we shouldn't visit, and then head back to our new Master's house. Then we forget and head back towards sin again, find out how empty it is and make yet another return trip to God. We are ridding ourselves (with the Holy Spirit's help, of course) of that old self, getting rid of pockets of the mind that still want to go back to Egypt rather than head on towards to land we've been promised. We put that cancerous tumor of sin on the cross when we gave our lives to him, but we still have to go through spiritual chemotherapy to get at some of the metastasized pieces. With prayer, study of the Word and fellowship, we can keep that sin cancer in remission, but (as I understand it) it never quite goes away. At least this treatment doesn't cause you to lose your hair.

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