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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
"Alive Unto God"
"For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:10, 11
Being a Christian is a matter of life or death. When we came to Christ as sinners under the sentence of death, we were quickened (made alive) unto God. The Spirit of God identifies me with His death, burial, and resurrection, as pictured in baptism. That means that the old life is buried! We can reckon the sin nature dead and buried! Now, understand that "reckon" means to account or number. This word deals with fact not supposition. In other words, if I reckon my bank book has $25 in it, then I have $25. If I don't reckon my bank book, then I am deceiving myself and I am living on "suppose" and not fact. So if I reckon myself dead to sin and alive unto God by Jesus Christ, then I am living in fact. I need to behave according to my account!
Being a Christian is also a matter of bondage or freedom. I either am a servant to my own members, or I am a servant of God. The word is "yielded." You are either your own master (and a slave to sin), or you are servants to God (and servants to righteousness). Yield yourself to the Lord, and you will discover that He is the most wonderful Master, and that He pays an eternal "salary."
Being a Christian is a matter of rewards or wages. "The wages of sin is death." We read this verse in our witness to the lost, and we should, but it was written to believers. God forgives sin, but He may not stop the painful consequences of sin. The wages of sin pays in the saint and sinner alike. Keep in mind that the pleasures of sin are never compensated for the wages of sin. Sinning is never worth it!
Let me give a brief illustration to tie this all together. London businessman Lindsay Clegg told the story of a warehouse property he was selling. The building had been empty for months and needed repairs. Vandals had damaged the doors, smashed the windows, and strewn trash around the interior. As he showed a prospective buyer the property, Clegg took pains to say that he would replace the broken windows, bring in a crew to correct any structural damage, and clean out the garbage. "Forget about the repairs," the buyer said. "When I buy this place, I'm going to build something completely different. I don't want the building; I want the site."
Let God have "the site" and He will put a wrecking ball through the old man, give you freedom from the old life, and reward you with a new building altogether!
Study verses: Romans 6; Colossians 3:1-3; John 11:44