Glad to have you
back again, here at Daily Bread. The last time we shared, Paul was
explaining how by one man, Adam, one sin brought death to the world, and by
one man, Jesus Christ, one act of righteousness, sacrificing Himself for our
sins, brought life to the world.
Now Paul talks
about sin in general. But Paul, in his apostolic mind, is one step ahead of
the things that the enemy would have you wonder about sin.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that
Grace may abound?
Paul knows that
the adversary is gonna try and reason with you and craftily put questions in
your mind, like, Well, if Grace only comes about because of sin, then
without sin, there must be no Grace. So, if sin increases, wouldnít Grace be
more plentiful? Hereís Paulís answer:
How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer in it?
Donít you know, that as many of us as are baptized into
were baptized into His death?
Therefore weíre buried with Him by baptism into death,
so that just as Christ was raised up from the dead by the
glory of the Father,
in the same way, we also should walk in newness of life.
Remember sin is death.
So to ask if we should continue in sin, is like
asking if we want to remain dead.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death,
we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection,
knowing that our old self is crucified with Him,
so that the body of sin might be destroyed,
that from now on, we should not serve sin.
For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Now if we are dead with Christ,
we believe that we shall also live with Him,
knowing that Christ being raised from the dead,
is dead no more, death has no more dominion over Him.
For in that He died, He died unto sin once,
but in that He lives, He lives unto
Likewise consider yourselves also to be dead indeed to
but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Once you accept
Christ in your heart, you become much more aware of your sins. These sins
are the tribulations that we as Christians, need to beware of, and in the
last chapter, remember Paul said that we should rejoice in tribulations. Why
would he say that? That sounds ridiculous, you may be thinking. And, doesnít
it sound contradictory to beware of something and rejoice in it at the same
time? Well, God said that He would bring us through fire. And what do you
think tribulations are? When you look at it from that viewpoint, itís much
easier to understand, isnít it? Tribulations are not gonna go away. In fact,
theyíre gonna increase the stronger your relationship becomes with God. Why?
Shouldnít they become less? No, because satan is gonna work even harder to
yank you back to his side. What Paul is saying, isnít that when you become
one with Christ, your life will be sinless or free of temptation. Remember
that Jesus Himself was tempted by the devil for forty days in the
wilderness, and countless other times through evil spirits that He cast out
of people, etc. And, like Jesus, we need to do the righteous thing when
temptation comes a calliní and just say no.
ORIGINAL SIN ADAM AND EVE LESSON WITH ORIGINAL SIN ADAM AND EVE EXPLANATION
It can be a
frustrating thing sometimes, because in our human condition, we sin. We
donít like it, but we do it. Thatís confusing, but every one of you know
what I mean, and Paul will explain this strange thing in Chapter 7, but for
now, what we need to know is that our job is to fight when temptation rears
itís ugly head. Be alert and be strong.
So, donít let sin reign (rule) in your mortal body,
that you should obey sin in the desires of your flesh.
And donít surrender your bodies as instruments of
unrighteousness to sin,
but surrender yourselves to God, as those that are alive
from the dead,
and surrender your bodies as weapons of righteousness for
For sin shall not have dominion over you,
because you are not under the law, but under Grace.
This brings to mind what David wrote of sin ...
Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my
What are secret
faults? Secret sins. Things that nobody knows about but you ... but God of
course. It may be something youíve done, or do, or think. Maybe itís
something that you donít want to stop doing, or thinking, so you deny to
yourself that itís really a sin, because you donít want it to be, but you
know that if it was brought to the light, youíd find that it really is.
Maybe you think that if it doesnít hurt anyone else, it canít be sin. Do you
have a kind of uneasy feeling about this? That might mean that you need to
have a talk with yourself about secret faults. Donít be too hard on yourself
though. Even king David had them. Repent, ask for the Grace of God, get up
if youíve fallen down, and fight harder. One more thing ... Maybe secret
sins are even secret from us ... Sounds like a good idea to pray about this
like David did, huh?
Now letís get back
to Paulís message. You can tell that Paul knows that the enemy isnít gonna
stop with just one question.
What then? shall we sin, because weíre not under the law,
but under Grace?
Donít you know, that to whom you submit yourselves
You become their servant?
Whether itís of sin to serve death,
or of obedience to serve righteousness
you belong to whom you obey?
But thank God, that you were once the servants of sin,
but now you have obeyed from the heart,
that form of teaching which was given to you.
Then, being made free from sin,
you became the servants of righteousness.
ORIGINAL SIN ADAM AND EVE INFORMATION WITH ORIGINAL SIN
ADAM AND EVE MEANING
I speak in human terms because of the infirmity (weakness) of your flesh:
because as you had yielded your members servants to
and to iniquity to serve iniquity;
likewise, now, submit your bodies as servants to
righteousness to serve holiness.
For when you were the servants of sin,
you had nothing to do with righteousness.
What fruit (goodness) did you have
from those things which you are now ashamed of?
For the end of those things is death.
But now being made free from sin
(having nothing to do with it),
and having become servants to God,
you have your fruit to serve holiness,
and the end (the final reward is) everlasting life.
For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ
No matter how you look at it, sin is a bad way to go. There is no good
thing about it. Itís end is death.
Grace, Godís free gift to us is the path
to take. It will free you from death and bring you everlasting life. For
those who think that Christianity paints a deceiving picture about the
freedom that you gain from Grace instead of law, you must understand that
freedom demands responsibility, however, that responsibility is love, and
when it is true in your heart, it is effortless. Freedom is not going around
doing whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it. That sounds more
like an invitation to evil. Freedom is a clear conscience and that pure
feeling of confidence that eternal life awaits you.
Come one back next time, and weíll discover more of Paulís wonderful
message together, right here at Daily Bread.