Monday, May 5, 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.
One of the earliest (if not the first) divinely-inspired epistles Paul wrote is the book of Galatians. Galatians 2:20,21 encapsulate the epistle’s theme: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith OF the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”
Although our physical bodies are living, breathing, and moving, we Christians are technically dead before God (Romans 6:6,7). Hence, we cannot stay in these physical, sin-riddled bodies forever: they, unlike our redeemed souls and spirits, cannot enter heaven (1 Corinthians 15:50). Thus, these flesh-and-blood bodies must be redeemed from sin, death, and corruption (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:42-58; Philippians 3:20,21). God left us in these mortal bodies so we could temporarily function on earth (until He comes to get us at the rapture). While these flesh-and-blood bodies are aging and perishing, we have in us “the life of Jesus” (2 Corinthians 4:10,11). Positionally, our souls have never been more alive! Practically, we need to, by faith in God’s Word to us, apply that life! Again, we must think the way God designed Christians to think (Romans 12:1,2).
Galatians says we do not “frustrate [hinder] the grace of God.” Our positional righteousness (eternal view) had nothing to do with our performance but rather everything God could do for us through Jesus Christ (grace). Likewise, our practical righteousness (daily view) has nothing to do with our performance (inhibitions, restraints, self-reformation) either. If we must keep rules and regulations in religion for us to live the Christian life, then God’s Word says, “Christ is [present tense!] dead in vain [for nothing!].”
Again, our practical righteousness depends solely on God’s grace, everything He can do for us through Jesus Christ….