Christian Symbol - Weekly Devotion 2
The Ninth Sunday after Trinity, 
August 18, 2019

(First in a series)

(Romans 6:1-4 NIV)  "What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We 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.”

God’s grace, his undeserved love and goodness, was given to mankind because of sin. So Paul asks if we should go on sinning so that we can get more grace. That’s about as dumb as continuing to hurt ourselves so we can get excellent medical care from the doctors and hospital that have served us well in the past. 

He answers No Way! “We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?”

He goes on to say “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.”

All who have come to faith in Jesus Christ and have been baptized were buried. Something that is drowned is dead. And no one or no thing is buried unless it is dead. Jesus died and rose again to overcome death. But never forget that on the third day he really, truly, came back to life. 

So because believers are dead to sin, God wants us to “live a new life” and God gives us power to “live a new life.”

This all happened “through the glory of the Father.” And that glory was given to Christ Jesus, his only-begotten Son who became man so that mankind “may live a new life” through believing in him as my own personal Savior!

Lord, let us live to you each day!

Prayer

O God, whose never-failing providence guides all things both in heaven and on earth, we humbly beg of thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which will be profitable for us. All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord. 
Amen

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