Message from Dr. Jack Gatlin
Living the Resurrected Life (Romans 6:1-11)NIV
1 What shallow say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 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. 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. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised rom the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
The process of being born again gives us the ability to live a resurrected life.
What is a Resurrected Life? It is living a life where we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It means to live with an awareness of the power that was given to us in the resurrection - the power of God to recreate us, empower us, work in us, and to bring into our lives all that the Cross provided for us. In order to live a resurrected life we must first be crucified with Christ and be dead to sin and the temptations of world and be reborn in Christ. The resurrection is the seal and the proof that Jesus died for our sins and was raised again for our justification. God raised Jesus from the dead because he accepted that Jesus died a sacrificial death of atonement. The process of accepting Jesus Christ and belonging to him requires that we must first ask for forgiveness from our sins and receive him into our lives. As a believer, a child of God, the Holy Spirit will live in you as a guide and comforter. A resurrected life allows us to live a victorious life of love, peace, joy; a life where Christ comes to abide in us at salvation through the person of the Holy Spirit. You are now a new creation, you are given a new nature and the old sinful nature is dead. Although you remain the same physical person, by confessing your sins, you have turn your back on your old sinful ways, the ways of the world, and now embrace a new life, a life where Jesus Christ is over all circumstance. You must also be buried with Christ. Once you have been crucified with Christ and you are dead to sin, then the influence and power that the world and Satan have over you will diminish. When you are buried with Christ through the ordinance of baptism, you become a new person free to live a joyous and fulfilled life. You also must be raised up with Christ. Just as God raised up his Son, Jesus Christ, you too will be made new, alive in Christ. Do you want to continue living in sin, chaos, and unhappiness, or do you want to live a resurrected life where you can experience love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control in all situations with the knowledge that by dying with Jesus you will also be resurrected with him and will live with Him in Heaven. All you have to do to live a resurrected life is to confess your sins and to accept God's love and forgiveness.
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Verse of the Day
Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is the Strength of my Life. (KJV)