February 15, 2021 – Monday
Romans 6:8 NIV
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him.
To really make any sense of this we need the three preceding verses, 5 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. 6 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— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Thus verse 8 is an affirmation and example of what Paul said in these three verses. The reasoning is as Christ was once dead but now lives and will never die, so we too now being dead to sin and living for God, we do not obey sin, but do our best to live only for God.
Still a mouthful and a lot to digest but making more sense as we go along. For a little more insight let us go to verse four, 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. We believe (as in v8), as Christians, that we will live with Him, it is a crucial piece of our faith. This is not some starry-eyed look at the future. It is a central or core piece of our day-to-day faith, that we shall be alive with Christ.
We know, with no doubt, that Jesus was raised from death, and we were raised from the living death of living a life of sin. In a very real way, we were made alive to Him. This is our hope for the future and for His return, because as He lives, Paul tells us we too will live and live with Him.
Most of us do not think too much about how we were dead in our sins, but we were. Dead, condemned to Hell. But we were. And it is only through God’s love that we have been given a chance to life and life eternal. When we are released from a life of sin, we taste freedom, real freedom for the first time. We discover what it is to live a life living for God, doing our best to please Jesus. Not as some mind numbed robot, but as a human being freed from the slavery of sin, now able to enjoy all the blessings God brings into our lives.
Prayer: Heavenly Father – What a gift You grant us if we will but believe Your Son died for our sins. Freedom from a life of sin beckons all who believe. Your gift of grace is one of incredible love and mercy. All we can do is humbly thank You and do our best to walk in ways that please and glorify You. – In Jesus name. Amen.