Category: Daily Devotionals

Focal Passage:  Romans 6:1-14

Romans 6:9-10 “We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.  For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.”

Upon what do we base our belief in our futures with Christ?  Paul answers that question immediately following his declaration that we have that belief.  Our Savior, Jesus Christ, was resurrected, and when that occurred, He defeated death on our behalf.  And when He defeated death, He also defeated sin and its power over all who believe on Him.  He did that one time and it only took that one time.  Now He lives and reigns in heaven with His Father.  We know that our futures are secure in Christ because no simple lip service was given to this salvation.  It was accomplished.  It is finished.  This is the Savior upon Whom we place our trust, our hope, and our belief.  He is a mighty Savior, worthy to reign and rule over all.

Study/Meditation:  Meditate for a few moments today on the complete saving work of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He is mighty to save.

*Father, thank You that my future is secure in the finished work of Christ.  Amen.

Focal Passage:  Romans 6:1-14

Romans 6:8 “Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.”

Certainly Paul is not contradicting himself here in writing of our futures with Christ as opposed to our present living in Him.  Indeed both are true, and in verses 5 and 8 he is stressing our hope of eternity.  This is very important for the believer to hang onto.  Paul reminds us in this verse of what we believe.  It’s what we bank on, what we rely on.  This is the truth that our hope is built on.  Our union with Christ in His death to sin is a living and active union, but it also secures for us our belief in our eternity with Him.  This hope is what separates us from the hopelessness of this world.  “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.”  Amen.

Study/Meditation:  How is hope for eternity so important in this present age?  Why must you hang onto both who you are and where you will be each and every day because of the saving work of Jesus Christ?

*Father, in my death with Jesus, I know and believe in the life I also have in eternity.  Thank You for this hope.  Amen.

Focal Passage:  Romans 6:1-14

Romans 6:6-7 “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.”

Paul often speaks in his letters of our old self being replaced by our new self in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:9)  He is not claiming, nor is it at all true, that we are now without sin or that we can attain a sinless life.  We are a new creation living in a fallen body.  That new creation is no longer enslaved to sin.  As a matter of fact, that is what Paul is referring to when he uses the phrase “the body of sin.”  He is saying that the entity of sin has been defeated, which means that it no longer rules in us.  These two verses can really be summed up this way:  We are no longer enslaved to sin, but now we are enslaved to righteousness.  Our old selves desired sin.  Our new selves, in Christ, desire righteousness.  We are free from the entity of sin, even while we fight against the fallen natures that fall prey to it.  What a hope we have in Jesus!

Study/Meditation:  Paul also said that before we accepted Christ as our Savior, we regarded Him according to the flesh (2 Corinthians 5:16), but that now we regard Him through God’s ministry of reconciliation.  What is this “ministry of reconciliation”?

*Father, thank You for reconciling the body of sin that existed in me to You through the blood of Jesus Christ, making me a new creation in Him.  Amen.

Focal Passage:  Romans 6:1-14

Romans 6:5 “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 share in Christ in the benefits of his crucifixion so that we might be freed from the reign of sin in our lives.  However, the news gets better.  We also share in his resurrection, both the one to come and the one that occurred at the moment of our justification.  When we died to our old life, we were resurrected into new lives.  As Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:3, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Jesus was offering to Nicodemus, just as He offered to us, to share in his death and resurrection by accepting His gift of salvation. When we do so, we die to sin and live to life.  It is a glorious and amazing thing to be told that we are “united with Him in a resurrection like His.”  We share in that now and we will share in the one to come.  Praise God!

Study/Meditation:  Why did Jesus tell Nicodemus he had to be born again to enter the kingdom of God? (John 3:1-15)  Why was it so hard for Nicodemus to understand what you and I understand now about this rebirth?

*Father, my life is in You and I live because of You.  All praise and honor and majesty to Your Name.  Amen.

Focal Passage:  Romans 6:1-14

Romans 6:4 “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.”

Why, if we are justified fully outside of ourselves and only because of Christ’s work on the cross, can we not go on sinning?  Paul reminds us that not only was sin put to death in our bodies through Christ’s death, but we were made new and given a new life in Christ’s resurrection.  Our Savior defeated death and sin when He came back to life.  Likewise, we aren’t only forgiven of our sins, but we are new in Him.  We have been given life where there was only death.  Sin brings death, but salvation brings life, a new life.  God isn’t simply a kind judge in a courtroom who cuts us a break and doesn’t make us pay for our crimes.  God is our Father, who does that and gives us full righteousness, complete atonement, and eternal life.  Sin no longer reigns, but life is given.

Study/Meditation:  How does the new life you are given in Christ put sin to death in you even though you still sin while here?  What is this new life?

*Father, thank You for the new life You have given me in Christ.  Thank You for being my Father who has redeemed me from the penalties of sin and death.  Amen.

Focal Passage:  Romans 6:1-14

Romans 6:3 “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?”

Still in the midst of his grace argument, Paul emphasizes here another reason as to why sin does not reign in us once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  He points to our baptism.  Understand that Paul is not saying that baptism is the instrument by which we become unified to Christ; nor is he in any way hinting that baptism saves us.  He is simply reminding us to look at what happened when we were baptized, what that act symbolized.  Christ’s death on the cross was the payment for the penalty of our sins.  He defeated sin in that moment, taking all of its power of death and dominion over the lives of His children.  Our baptism was symbolic of our union with Christ and His defeat over sin.  How can sin rule in us when we are in Him? The obedient act of baptism is the symbol of our union with the Savior who delivered us from the reign of sin by way of His very death.

Study/Meditation:  What does the act of baptism symbolize?  Why should the believer be baptized if baptism doesn’t actually save?

*Father, in obedience I was baptized into the death of my Lord, Jesus Christ.  His death defeated sin in me, and I know that sin cannot reign in me because of it.  Glory and majesty to You, my Lord.  Amen.