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Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
This is a verse most of us memorized as children. But how long has it been since you really thought about what it says? Sin earns us death. It is easy to translate that into spiritual death or even physical death once we are old. But if we really think about it sin brings death to us throughout our lives.
Sin brings death to families by jealousy, pride, and selfishness. Sin destroys marriages and friendship. Sin destroys careers and lives with lust and greed and addictions. Sin brings death to our witness by lulling us into spiritual apathy. Sin always brings death and it is death in many forms. Without the Holy Spirit, sin can make our lives null and void; a life of death.
The gift of God is life eternal. We often think of that as the life we will have after death or the Rapture. [See Romans 8:9-14] But since the Holy Spirit is dwelling in us at the time of salvation, we already have that life in our mortal bodies because of His presence in us. It is this eternal life that gives us the ability to live above sin. ‘What?’ you say. Eternal life in us is only there because the Holy Spirit is in us. Take away the Holy Spirit and we no longer have that life.
Because the unbeliever does not have the Holy Spirit in him, he cannot understand the things of the spirit. His spirit is dead because of sin. Unless the Holy Spirit removes the sin from his life because of what Christ did at Calvary, the unbeliever will never have spiritual life and therefore spiritual understanding.
In the same way, when we have sin in our lives, part of our spiritual understanding is darkened. When that happens we may not totally understand all that the Holy Spirit would desire to tell us. We understand that darkness and light cannot be totally present at the same time. Our spiritual understanding can be hidden in the shadow of sin as things can been hidden in the dark corners of a room without total light.
Does that seem strange? Just stop and think about your spiritual sensitivity when you deliberately choose to disobey. How acute is your spiritual senses then? Like a cancer that spreads through the body until we are physically ill, sin can spread until it affects our attitude and daily living. Unless we repent, confess and allow the Holy Spirit to eradicate it quickly it will quickly make us spiritually sick. I think that is what Paul was trying to say in Romans 6:12, 13 “Do not let sin control the way you live, do not give into its lustful desires. Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning, instead; give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God.” It is only when others see the Spirit of God at work in our lives can we become a pathway to salvation. If our lives are no different from the world’s how will other see Him and find salvation?
Dear God, Thank You that You are loving and forgiving. Help us to love people in the same way as You have loved us. Help us do generous things for others because we love You. Amen.
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16 Mar 2020
A very good share. Thanks for sharing! God bless you!
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