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December 15th, 2015

Do Not Let Sin Reign

“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.” Romans 6:12 (ESV)

Because of the gospel, we are dead to sin and alive in Christ! As we read yesterday in Romans 1, before Christ we had no freedom in regards to our proclivity to sin as depravity led us toward greater and greater rebellion against God. Yet, in Christ, we have the freedom now to choose to reject sin and move toward greater obedience, finding satisfaction in the Lord and responding joyfully in praise.

If it is true that we have this freedom to finally find true satisfaction, why do we still return to the vanity of our transgression? Why do we continue to allow ourselves to be distracted by things that ultimately have no significance? Further, when we do fall short, why do we feel the need to punish ourselves incessantly, forgetting the propitiatory work of Christ? Paul’s command to us in light of these perennial struggles within Christianity is to stop! He uses an imperative here in the language of the New Testament on purpose. You have the ability in Christ to stop. You can choose to reject sin and move forward in holiness. Further, when you do fail because you have not entered into the perfect yet, do not let sin reign in your mortal body by robbing you of the joy and abundant life secured for you in Christ! Repent of your failure and move forward.

Dear child of God, are you engrossed in perpetual sin? Are you living in guilt and defeat? Do not let sin reign in your mortal body! Claim the promise of Christ; claim the abundant life found in radical obedience to the gospel. You have the freedom to reject sin, so reject it for the promise of greater satisfaction in Jesus.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Depravity, Freedom, Romans.
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December 14th, 2015

The Face of Depravity

“Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” Romans 1:22-23 (ESV)

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ is a recognition of humanity’s great need for salvation. The beauty of Christ’s perfection and sacrifice loses some of its splendor if it is separated from the reality of mankind’s hopelessness because of sin. Otherwise, what need would there have been for His act of redemption? Paul recognizes this and, thus, begins his discussion of the reality of the work of Christ with man’s reality of depravity. Man, having been created to be fully satisfied by God and return that satisfaction to Him in praise, rejected his creator and began instead to worship created things. As a result, a separation was created between God and man. No longer was pure fellowship available between the Creator and His creation because of His righteous and just need to account for such rejection through His wrath being poured upon the rebellious.

The depravity of man, then, demands the wrath of God, and this point highlights the beauty of the gospel. Our rejection of God led to Christ being rejected for us. He took upon Himself our deserved wrath and thereby enabled us to have fellowship with our Creator once again. Christ did not look down upon us in our helplessness and turn a blind eye; no, He acted for the good of all men by emptying Himself, taking on the form of a servant, and becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.

As we mark the coming of Christ in the season of Christmas, take a moment and remember your great need for His incredible sacrifice and, then, turn the joy you feel as a result of His salvation back into praise to this worthy and generous God we serve!

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, December 14th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Depravity, Redemption, Romans.
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December 15th, 2012

Do Not Let Sin Reign!

“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.” Romans 6:12 (ESV)

Because of the gospel, we are dead to sin and alive in Christ! As we read yesterday in Romans 1, before Christ we had no freedom in regards to our proclivity to sin as depravity led us toward greater and greater rebellion against God. Yet, in Christ, we have the freedom now to choose to reject sin and move toward greater obedience, finding satisfaction in the Lord and responding joyfully in praise.

If it is true that we have this freedom to finally find true satisfaction, why do we still return to the vanity of our transgression? Why do we continue to allow ourselves to be distracted by things that ultimately have no significance? Further, when we do fall short, why do we feel the need to punish ourselves incessantly, forgetting the propitiatory work of Christ? Paul’s command to us in light of these perennial struggles within Christianity is to stop! He uses an imperative here in the language of the New Testament on purpose. You have the ability in Christ to stop. You can choose to reject sin and move forward in holiness. Further, when you do fail because you have not entered into the perfect yet, do not let sin reign in your mortal body by robbing you of the joy and abundant life secured for you in Christ! Repent of your failure and move forward.

Dear child of God, are you engrossed in perpetual sin? Are you living in guilt and defeat? Do not let sin reign in your mortal body! Claim the promise of Christ; claim the abundant life found in radical obedience to the gospel. You have the freedom to reject sin, so reject it for the promise of greater satisfaction in Jesus.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 342:  Romans 4-7)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, December 15th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Depravity, Freedom, Romans.
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December 14th, 2012

The Face of Depravity

“Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” Romans 1:22-23 (ESV)

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ is a recognition of humanity’s great need for salvation. The beauty of Christ’s perfection and sacrifice loses some of its splendor if it is separated from the reality of mankind’s hopelessness because of sin. Otherwise, what need would there have been for His act of redemption? Paul recognizes this and, thus, begins his discussion of the reality of the work of Christ with man’s reality of depravity. Man, having been created to be fully satisfied by God and return that satisfaction to Him in praise, had rejected his creator and began instead to worship created things. As a result, a separation was created between God and man. No longer was pure fellowship available between the Creator and His creation because of His righteous and just need to account for such rejection through His wrath being poured upon the rebellious.

The depravity of man, then, demands the wrath of God, and this point highlights the beauty of the gospel. Our rejection of God led to Christ being rejected for us. He took upon Himself our deserved wrath and thereby enabled us to have fellowship with our Creator once again. Christ did not look down upon us in our helplessness and turn a blind eye; no, He acted for the good of all men by emptying Himself, taking on the form of a servant, and becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.

As we mark the coming of Christ in the season of Christmas, take a moment and remember your great need for His incredible sacrifice and, then, turn the joy you feel as a result of His salvation back into praise to this worthy and generous God we serve!

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 341:  Romans 1-3)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Depravity, Redemption, Romans.
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