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Not Easy, But . . . Yes, You Can! (2 of 6)
October 24, 1999
Paul starts verse 5 off with the word, "therefore" for a very significant reason. And when the light comes on, this is a key Biblical truth that will help you live a life that is more abundant, and more pleasing to the Lord, Jesus Christ.
The reason this word, "therefore", is important is that it ties us back to verses 1-4. Then, in doing so, what is happening here is that we are linked to the Doctrinal truth that is contained in verses 1-4, the TRUTH being, that we as Christians are IN CHRIST. We're in Him as we saw last week because at the very MOMENT of our salvation, we died with Him, and in doing so, our sinful life was put to death; and as Christ was buried, we too were buried to that old life; and then as Christ was resurrected, we too were co-raised then to walk and live in a NEW life. We NOW live a life that is now IN CHRIST.
This word here in verse 5, "therefore", then links that doctrinal Christian truth to what we practice in our every day Christian lives. This means that because we have shared in the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord, and Savior, right here and now, in our very real lives, we must CUT the apron strings of SIN from ourselves, and live the pure life of our Lord that we're being conformed to. Another way of seeing this, is how Paul wrote it in Romans, chapter 6. Listen to what the Bible says:
"1 WHAT shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, ce ...
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