Introduction~When Christians understand the various characteristics and aspects of the birthright which came with their second birth, they comprehend their identity in Christ.Once Christians understand their identity, their destiny is also clear!This series of “Abundant Life Now” posts will look at one of those facets each week.
This Week’s Verse~ “Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.For he who has died has been freed from sin.Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:6-14).
Comment~The Christian is not sinless in this life.But the Christian has power to avoid sin dominating their lives (“present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God”).When a Christian does sin they should run to Christ rather than away from Christ.
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us” (1 John 1:8-10).
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(1)Each Monday ALN posts an example of Scripture’s description of aspects/characteristics of Christians—those who have personally trusted in Jesus Christ, The Messiah, as their personal Savior.
(2)This series is not intended to be an exhaustive list.
(3)God the Father described Himself to Moses as the great “I AM” (Exodus 3:14).God the Son also said “I AM” (John 8:58).
(4)Jesus Christ is the Son of God and several times in the Gospel of John He refers to Himself as “I am.”“I am the Bread of Life” (6:35-51), “I am the Light of the World” (8:12, 9:5), “I am the Door” (10:7-9), “I am the Good Shepherd” (10:11-14), “I am the Son of God” (10:36), “I am the Resurrection and the Life” (11:25), “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (14:6), “I am in the Father, and the Father in Me … Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me” (John 14:10-11), and “I am the True Vine” (15:1-5).
(5) Individual Christians are also sons and daughters of God.This series will show some of the various “I am” aspects of a Christian.
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