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!
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? Romans 10:14
What role do we play in bringing people to Christ? Some might say none as only God can save someone. And this is true only Jesus can save people, however we can plant the seed of the Word of God in people. If people never heard the gospel then how do they become convict of their sin?
This is why Jesus gave us marching orders known as the “Great Commision”, Make disciples of everyone and baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19) Why would Jesus command us to preach the gospel if nobody needed to hear it? Jesus needs you to share the good news of his salvation to everyone who believes in Him
And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:15
How beautiful to God are those who preach the gospel of Jesus Christ! The Holy Spirit is tugging on your heart, “Tell this person about Christ” “Share your testimony of Christ with them”, God is sending you to fulfill the Great Commission!
How will anyone know who Jesus is without preachers? Answer the call in Jesus name Amen!
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9
How can somebody become saved? It must be impossible, but with God all things are possible. Jesus paved the way for all of us to become saved. Saved from what? Saved from your sin, saved from your death, saved from the eternal separation from God
Jesus performed the work on the cross, we just need to put our faith in him and believe. Confess with your mouth, one reason I love the “Lords Prayer” is it’s a profession of our faith in Christ. Baptism is another declaration of your faith in Christ. Everyone who confesses Jesus before others, he will confess you before our Heavenly Father (Matthew 10:32)
Believe in your Heart, The Heart derived from the Greek word “Kardia” means the center core of someone. Do you believe Jesus is Lord and he rose from the dead with all your mind, heart, and soul? Do you hear the Shepherds voice and he knows you as his sheep, you will be saved by Christ alone!
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:10
Its by faith alone in Christ that we are saved! Its not by our works, or what we have done, its by what Jesus has done for us on the cross. For He became sin for us even though He never sinned so that we can become righteous! (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and confess to the world that he is your God and you will be saved Amen!
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Romans 10:4
There are many Christians, even today, that believe we are still living “Under the Law” However if they understood The Law , then they would understand that nobody can be saved by The Law. The Law actually brings death upon everyone, because nobody can fulfill The Law, except One Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ fulfilled The Law, and took our place on that cross. So we can be righteous before God. As it is written Christ is the End of The Law! Now anyone outside of Christ is still under The Law and will perish because of it
Who is saved from The Law? Everyone that believes that Jesus is their personal Lord. Everyone who repents of their sin and becomes baptized with the Holy Spirit. For the Holy Spirit writes the Law of God on our hearts, so we may live for Christ
For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. Romans 10:5
Now since Jesus fulfilled The Law for them who abide in him, does that mean The Law is not relevant to the Christian? I would say No, we must remember The Law is a reflection of Gods nature. To live as Christ is to be in communion with God. This is why baptism by the Holy Spirit is the only way to follow Jesus
The Holy Spirit writes The Law on your heart to equip you to follow Jesus , however you are no longer under The Law because of the blood of Christ. The Triunity of God keeps us in perfect unison with God, for Christ is the end of the Law for everyone who is Born Again Amen!
For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. Romans 9:15-16
Who can be saved? Only God knows! Who is actually saved? Only God knows! Many will argue this is unjust for God not to allow someone to come to salvation, but who are we to say if something is just? Can we save ourselves? Of course not, only by the blood of Christ can we be brought back to life. Then why do think we know even how to become saved?
Just as God said to Moses “I AM who I AM” meaning “I’ll be who I want to be” we are the clay and he is the potter. Can a creation tell its Creator how things work? Why do we believe we can tell God how things should work?
For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Romans 9:17
The Apostle Paul uses Pharaoh as an example of someone God raised up to fulfill his will of freeing the Israelites from slavery of Egypt. Now from our human perspective we might say “This is not Just” or “How is it fair to Pharaoh?” However since we are limited by time and space, we can’t see the beginning from the end. God is eternal , he knows your entire life before you were even born
Trust in Jesus Christ, not yourself. God is in control, he knows the beginning and the end, trust in Jesus Amen!