Maintenance Faith

Maintenance Faith

 

Romans 6:9-14 (ESV) ~ 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. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

 

1 John 1:9 (ESV) ~ If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

KEY VERSE:

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

 

We see several expectations in the verses we have read today, one of which is an expectation for us to faithfully respond to what God has done in our new birth. The expectation is that we will, in verse 11, “consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” This means we must conclude that, by faith, sin no longer has power over our lives.

 

But this is NOT a one-time thing. Our new birth requires maintenance. Re-Read our Key Verse, verse 12. These words imply that this is not a decision that we make one time and then move on from there. It is an ongoing denial of the power of sin over our lives. Temptation is a never-ending assault on the Christian. We must not let sin reign, have authority, rule, control, occupy, hold sway, prevail over us. We are to keep our mind under control by keeping our minds off of wealth and material things, position and power, recognition and fame, lust of eyes, lust of flesh, pride of life, parties and sex, appearance and clothes. Sin is NOT to dominate, control or reign in our life.

 

One more thing needs to be added here. There will no doubt be moments when we will fail to live up to the power that has been made available to us. In a moment of weakness, we may willingly choose sin over righteousness. This is why repentance is not just for the unbeliever, it is an ongoing part of the believer’s life as well.

 

John 5:14 (ESV) ~ Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”

 

1 John 2:1 (ESV) ~ My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert

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