Romans 6:23 – March 29, 2019

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 NABRE     

In chapter six of Romans, Paul is writing to clarify the meaning of death and life and their relationship to sin and God. When Paul speaks about sin, he describes the thing that will keep us from God. Sin is a broken relationship, it is making our desire to be with God clouded and keeps us from turning toward God who always wants to redeem us. Paul writes the baptized person is freed from sin. Baptism is accepting God and declaring you want to be with God. At Baptism God provides the Spirit to inhabit you and give you strength to avoid what will lead you away from God, namely sin. Paul flatly says that if you live in sin, in other words to live without God, then you are dead. You may be alive physically but your spiritual life is not existent, and when your body dies there is nothing else for you, you are dead. When you are born into the world, you don’t have a choice, someone else decided to conceive you. If you want to remain alive than you must chose, chose God and you have life perpetually. You can be baptized, receive the Spirit and you receive the gift of eternal life. Having eternal life is not some future reality, it describes living knowing you will live forever, so what you do now is fruit that lives and grows in you forever. Thus you bring life to your Spirit and let your physical body be nourished simply and robustly through the Spirit.

We have this gift of life because Christ did it first. He lived a sinless life, connected to God, and at his physical death his Spirit glorified His body and He was the first to show eternal life for those who choose God. The Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is in you when you choose God.

Do you push God away? Do you understand how to live eternal life now?

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