Adaptation and Variation of Romans 6 - Final
So, how should Christians respond to this good news about grace through Jesus Christ? Should we sin even more so that we can boast about the forgiveness that we have in Christ? No way! That’s ridiculous! If Christ has set us free from the hold of sin, then why would we continue to live in it? We must realize that once we believed and received Christ, we’ve identified ourselves with his death and his resurrection.
In other words, as believers in Christ, we participated in his death and our old sin nature was crucified and buried with Jesus. Our sinful body was crucified with Jesus in order that our sinful nature would be gone; we would no longer have to obey our sinful desires. The rule of sin over us would be done away with completely. Does a dead person have to sin? No. Now, having participated with him in death, we were also united with him in the resurrection to life. Jesus Christ died to pay for our sins. He did it once, and he died for all of mankind. When he rose from the grave, he defeated death, rose to new life and proclaimed that death no longer had mastery over man. So now, the resurrected life that Jesus lives, he lives unto God. As Christians, we must do the same thing. We have died to sin, and been made alive unto God. Knowing that we have also been raised together to new life with Christ, we must no longer see ourselves as sinners. “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin and alive unto God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11 (New International Version). We can now live a new life of righteousness unto God just as Jesus did. We cannot allow sin to rule in our lives obeying its wicked desires. For anything that we obey becomes our master. However, we must offer our entire bodies as instruments of God’s righteousness. For sin is no longer controls us because of the grace we have found in Jesus Christ. As Christians, when we sin, it is by choice, not by rule. Again I ask should we go ahead and sin even more since we are covered by grace? Wouldn’t sinning more make Jesus’ grace more apparent in our lives? No, no, no!! Whatever we choose to obey we become enslaved to. The grace we have in Christ enables us to live above the rule of sin; not to sin without consequences. We have chosen in our hearts to become obedient to the teachings and lifestyle of Jesus Christ. This makes us a slave to righteousness, but no longer a slave to sin. Being slaves to righteousness will enable us to live a pure and holy life. For when we were slaves to sin, we were not under the control of righteousness; and now that we are slaves to righteousness, we are not under the control of sin. When we were living in sin, the only thing we produced was death. But now, living unto righteousness in Christ produces holiness; which leads to eternal life in God. In conclusion, the price of sin will always be death. So God gave us the gift of life through Jesus Christ our Lord! Because he was made to become our sin, we have been made the righteousness of God! “God made him who had no sin to be in for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (New King James Version)
When deciding on which text to write my variation of, I really wasn’t sure what to use. I wanted to do what was expected for the assignment, and I wanted it to be meaningful as well. After brainstorming about what type of text I wanted to use, I chose to write a variation of a chapter in the Bible. This is exactly what Bible scholars do when developing and writing newer versions of the Bible. The Message Bible and the New Living Bible are someone’s variations of literal translations of the Holy Scripture.
I love to study the Word of God and share it with others; especially Paul’s epistles. So I thought this would be a great opportunity to share my interpretation of one of his letters to New...
References: Romans 6. (n.d.).www.biblegateway.com. Retrieved January 30, 2014, from http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+6&version=NIV
Henry, M. (n.d.). Bible Commentary.Matthew Henry’s Commentary -. Retrieved January 30, 2014, from http://www.christnotes.org/commentary.php?com=mhc&b=45&c=6
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