Monday, April 28, 2014
“But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you” (Romans 6:17 KJV).
Today’s Scripture is the key to being delivered from and guarded against today’s apostate Christendom.
Romans chapters 6-8 are three basic, but highly important, Pauline passages about Christian practical sanctification (that is, daily, holy living). Yet, before our Apostle Paul discussed Christian living in these verses, he had already taught how to become a Christian in chapters 1-5. This textual arrangement is indicative of one simple fact: Christian living is of no value if the person is not truly a Christian! To wit, Romans chapters 6-8 will only be effectual in the lives of people who already understand and believe Romans chapters 1-5.
Religious tradition has caused overwhelming confusion as to who is and who is not a Christian. Living separate from the world’s practices and customs does not make one a Christian. Participating in sundry religious activities does not make one a Christian either—this includes church programs, pilgrimages, water baptism, giving, church membership, prayers, communion (Lord’s Supper), seminary or Bible-college training, and emotional experiences.
A person, after becoming a Christian—that is, after realizing he or she cannot save himself or herself and after trusting with the heart (today’s Scripture) Jesus Christ’s righteousness demonstrated at Calvary as the fully satisfying payment for his or her sins (Romans chapters 1-5)—should then have a Christian life (Romans chapters 6-8). Unfortunately, many churches teach lost people time and time again to live like Christians, when they are not Christians to begin with!
Furthermore, Christianity is not we making ourselves holy; Christianity is we walking in the identity that God gave us in Christ. It is not, as religion teaches, we living a life like Jesus’. True Biblical Christianity is we studying and believing sound Bible doctrine (rightly divided Scriptures), so the indwelling Holy Spirit can then take that doctrine and cause our behavior to match the doctrine. Christianity is Christ’s life in us Christians! Religion makes the Christian life very complicated, but this, dear readers, is the “simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3)….