The Key

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:1-4

Paul is continuing to build his argument about sin versus grace, death versus life. We were symbolically buried with Christ when He died. We too were raised with Him in His resurrection. We therefore have the power of a new life.

In Philippians, Paul fleshes it out a bit “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead” Philippians 3:10-11, and later in his letter to Philippi: I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

I don’t know about you, Brothers and Sisters, but this certainly gives me hope and freshness in Christ. When we begin to grasp some understanding about this resurrected life, all things are possible through Him who gives us strength.

But the key to all of this is Him. We can have all the intentions and desires and motivational techniques in the world, but if we are not pursuing Christ daily, we’ll come up short, hoping for more and regretting our half-hearted attempts at pursuing Christ. And really, the pursuit is easier than we think it is, but it does take a commitment on our part.

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