Friday, September 26, 2014

September 27, 2014

"What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus." Romans 6:1-11

What do Eduardo Ravelo, Robert William Fisher,Eric Matthew Frein, Alexis Flores, Glen Stuart Godwin, Jason Derek Brown, Fidel Urbina, William Bradford Bishop, Jr., Victor Manuel Gerena, and Semion Mogilevich have in common?

They are on the FBI's most wanted list. They are wanted dead or alive.

According to Paul in Romans 6, you are wanted by God! God wants you dead AND alive!

How can you be dead and alive, you ask?

As Jesus told Nicodemus, you were born physically alive but spiritually dead. You were alive to your desires and ambitions but dead to God's Word and His will. Just like Nicodemus, you must be born again - that is, made alive spiritually by God's Spirit.

In this portion of Scripture from Romans, Paul tells believers they must be dead to sin and alive in Christ. When faced with temptations and moral decisions, Christ-followers are to say "yes" to Christ and "no" to self.

The ritual of baptism is symbolic of being dead and alive. You willing walk into the baptismal waters, you obediently go under the water to testify to your death to the old sinful life and you arise from the waters testifying to the new life you have received from Christ.

God wants you dead AND alive.

Are you dead to yourself and sin?

Are you alive in Christ by your faith?