From Pastor Perry

Romans 6:5–11 (ESV)

Dead to Sin, Alive to Christ (Part 2)

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

 

Today's reading is part of our funeral liturgy.  This is how seriously we take this reading.  If Jesus has died, resurrected, and set our sins free, we too, will die and be resurrected... free from sin!  We have been baptized into Christ and we too have been set free.  Baptism is something that we take seriously.  It is the washing away of sins.  This we cannot do... or maybe I should say that we can't undo our sins.  Especially original sin which we were not only born with, but conceived in.  We are helpless and hopeless by our self, but God comes to us and washes us clean.  This forgivess comes from outside of ourself, and so do Jesus resurrection.  Our only hope is through God!

 

I pray: O Lord, you have done everything necessary for my Salvation. Help me to cling to it and to daily reflect on my baptism, knowing that my sins are forgiven.  Amen!

Romans 6:1–4 (ESV)
Dead to Sin, Alive to God
6 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

I think today’s reading should not be taken lightly.  We are saved by grace, but that does not give us an excuse to continue to sin.  If we truly love God and are grateful for what he has done for us, then we should not turn our backs on him and continue to live in our sins.  No, we are to turn our backs to sin, and strive for doing what is right according to God.  This is a double edge sword.  We cannot live perfect lives, but neither are we to live sinful ones.  We have been baptized into Christ Jesus... and baptized into his death.  We too ought to walk in newness of live.

I pray: O Lord, help me to remove sin from my life so that I can walk according to your ways.  I know that this is impossible this side of heaven, but Lord... don’t let me become complacent and let sin abound.  I thank you that I am not saved by my righteousness, but by your grace.  Amen.

Romans 5:15–21 (ESV)
Death in Adam, Life in Christ  (Part 2)
15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

If I had to interpret this in one sentence, it would read like this: One man’s sin condemned mankind while one man’s righteousness justified all men and set them free.  The Lutheran Study Bible states the following. “Adam’s sin brought guilt, the desire to sin, and mortality to all humans. We continue to sin and deserve condemnation. Praise God, He did not stop with Adam. He sent a Second Adam to begin a new humanity. Christ fulfilled the Law. He was obedient to the Father, and He paid the penalty for our sin. One man—Christ—has redeemed us and changed humanity forever.

I pray:  O Lord, Your grace abounds for me so that I may enjoy justification, life, and peace as Adam enjoyed before the fall into sin. Reign over me, gracious Lord, that I may reign over trespasses and death, inheriting all the blessings of the Second Adam—Jesus. Amen.

Romans 5:12–14 (ESV)
Death in Adam, Life in Christ
12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

Well, it can’t be said any more clear than here that “death spread to all men because all sinned.”  When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they sinned and sin entered the world.  Not just sin, but “original sin”.  Sin that we are born with... hereditary sin.  The Lutheran Study Bible states: “Death is a consequence of sin.  Parents have transmitted mortality to their children since the fall.   Adam’s fall brought sin to all humanity. We inherited his guilt and the desire to sin. Here, Paul stops abruptly, confronting us with the reality of original sin and our guilt. “This hereditary sin is such a deep corruption of nature that no reason can understand it. Rather, it must be believed from the revelation of Scripture” (SA III I 3)

I pray: O Lord, with out you, there is no hope.  But you came with a plan of Salvation to forgive us and renew us.  Your plan washes our sin away through the gift of baptism.  It even washes away stubborn stains such as original sin.  You are our hope and our Salvation.  Amen.

Romans 5:6–11 (ESV)
Peace with God Through Faith (Part 2)
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

When I read today’s reading, I think of Peter saying I will never deny you... yet he does!  Three times in a matter of minutes.  Compare that to verse 7: “For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  We may make big claims but when your life is on the line... most likely you too would back down... just like Peter.  For me, I have my wife to think about, and my three kids.  But whether we debate about such a decision, Jesus did not debate it.  He did lay down his life for you.   It wasn’t a dare.  It wasn’t a bold statement like Peter’s.  Jesus went to the cross and gave his life for you and me.  We have been “reconciled” through his life, death, and resurrection.  That’s not just mere words, Jesus said it and did it!

I pray: O Lord, I thank you for all you have done for me, a sinner and not worthy to be in your presence.  Yet you loved me and gave your life for me.  You reconciled me by your blood.  I repent and want to do better.  Thank you for your forgiveness and reconciliation.  Amen.

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05.03 | 22:15

Pastor. since I did not get to attend church today, I read your blog and found it
to be so informative for Ash Wednesday. Thanks for your comments.

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Amen+

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Happy Thanksgiving

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