But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Romans 8:11
As we just finished celebrating the Resurrection of Christ this Sunday, it’s time to ponder, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is living inside of You! As we are already amazed how Jesus defeated sin and death forever, rising eternally , God has promised as Christians we are to have the Holy Spirit living inside of us!
First thing as Holy Week should be fresh in everyone’s minds, none of this would be possible without Jesus willingly going to the cross to pay the debt for our sins, and rising on Easter Sunday morning!
But now that you are Born Again in Christ, the Holy Spirit is living inside of You. Reminds me of when Jesus cleansed the Temple before going to the cross. As a Christian you cleansed your body of sin by the blood of Christ and now are filled with the New Wine, the Holy Spirit
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Romans 8:12-13
The struggle with sin is still real, even though you are a new creature in Christ, you are imprisoned by the flesh. Sinful desires and thoughts haunt us, however we have an Advocate, The Holy Spirit, who will empower us to overcome our sin. And we have the blood of Christ to cleanse us from our sin!
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8:14-15
Because of what Christ accomplished at the cross and the tomb, we are now Children of God! We can now call God “Abba Father” because we have been adopted through the blood of Christ
When you understand all of this, you understand how glorious the Resurrection of Christ is and why its the central theme of our faith , Amen!
One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. Romans 14:5-6
Often there is a lot of divisiveness among Christians because they argue about sacramental things, such as should we worship on the Sabbath or the Lords Day? Should we keep the feast days or should we celebrate Christmas? There’s a lot of good arguments we can come up with to defend all these positions, however as the Apostle Paul is trying to teach here, its about our relationship with Christ.
If your fully persuaded in your mind that keeping the Sabbath is part of your covenant with Christ, then you should do it. Or if your fully persuaded that only worshipping on the Lords Day is part of the New Covenant with Christ, then do that.
For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. Romans 14:7-8
Whatever we do, we do all things for Jesus Christ. So whether we worship on Saturday or Sunday, we should be worshipping for Christ and not ourselves. Technically we should worship everyday, however the point is its not about winning theological arguments, its about our relationship with Jesus Christ
Do what brings honor and glory to Christ, its not about us, its all about Him. Live for Christ! Amen!
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1
When we think in the Old Testament , we think about the sacrifices the Israelites used to lay down before God. The sacrifices were an offering or gift to God to show their gratitude or ask for atonement for sin. Here in the New Covenant, things are a little different. Jesus is our ultimate sacrifice. He is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.
However as a body of believers , we are asked to present our bodies as a “Living Sacrifice” to God. What does that mean? Well the Bible tells us we were bought at a price and our bodies now no longer belong to us (1 Corinthians 6:20) Therefor why would you defile something that doesn’t belong to you?
God is asking us to make “sacrifices” to keep us from being corrupted or polluted from this world. Cut out sexual immorality, cut out drugs and alcohol , cut out violent movies and video games. Do things pleasing to God as a personal sacrifice to Him
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
Become transformed by the renewing of your mind, how do you do that? By becoming Born Again (John 3) If you’re a new creature in Christ then you are no longer behaving like the Old Man that died. Understand that your works don’t save you however your works should reflect your relationship with Christ! Amen!
Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. Romans 11:3
Often when we take a look around this world, we get disgusted or discouraged about the lack of holiness in this world. Even in Christianity today, we see a lot of sin and corruption running rampant throughout the churches. Sometimes it makes you wonder, where are all the Born Again believers?
The Prophet Elijah felt this way, Gods prophets were being killed by Jezebel, who seduced most of Israel with her paganism and immorality. Elijah was hiding in a cave and about to give up when God answered him with this message in the next verse
But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Romans 11:4
Even though to Elijah it seemed like he was the only one left who hasn’t sold their soul to Baal, God told him he has 7,000 other men just like him! This had to be a humbling experience for Elijah, when he thought he was the only one following God and instead there are thousands doing the same
We can probably related to this today, You might feel like you’re the only one worshipping God and following his ways, but the truth is God has a chosen remnant. God has a great multitude that are covered by the blood of Christ, set apart from the world
You are not alone, you are part of Gods remnant, you are not alone. Keep fighting the good fight and have faith in Christ alone Amen!