DEAD: ALIVE ONLY IN CHRIST I

DEAD: ALIVE ONLY IN CHRIST I
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein…Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:…Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:1-2, 8, 11
Many people (even teachers and preachers of the Word) have over stretched the message of grace beyond the scriptural coverage. God’s love and forgiveness does not make sin less serious. The availability of the mercies of God must never become a license for careless living and moral laxity. Let us look at these:
God had to give His best and all to pay for man’s sins. John 3:16. Sin must be very serious and costly.
The only begotten Son of God had to die a painful and ignoble death to pay for sin.
The only begotten Son of God had to go through horrors in the hands of the forces of hell to pay for sins. To handle sin with levity is to join hands with the hosts of hell to take God for granted; the end result is destruction.
Jesus Christ did not come to the world to perform miracles. There was no kind of miracles performed by Jesus Christ that did not happen in the Old Testament; from the raising of the dead (even Prophet Elisha’s bones raised the dead – II Kings 13:21) to cleansing of leapers (remember Naaman the Syrian General – II Kings 5:1-14) to multiplying loaves of bread (II Kings 4:42-44).
Jesus Christ came to save us from our sins. Matthew 1:21
Therefore, anyone that professes to be a believer in Jesus Christ is meant to be dead to sin and alive unto God through Jesus Christ. There are too many people in church today that are just hanging around for miracles, signs and wonders without allowing the Word of God to have any influence on their lives. Apostle Paul said we should not continue in sin and believe that grace will continue to flow.
Most of the issues of concern in the church today stem from the fact that ‘many are alive to the world and dead to Christ’ yet they have Christian names; they have titles in church. What is professed is at variance with what is practiced.
We cannot live like the world and change the world. Are you still alive to the world or dead to it?
Scriptures for meditation: Romans 8:12-13
Jesus is Lord!

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