United with Him
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master 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. Romans 6:1-10 NASB
I laid my sins down, asking forgiveness. Jesus took my sin to that Cross. He hung on that cross for me. I, too, died to that sin when He took it all. He then rose from the Cross and I rose too… with Jesus. I wanted to begin anew, and was born again… a new me. Although the seed of sin is with me always, I am raised with Christ to walk a new life, a life free from that sin by obedience to Him. This is my resurrected self. Hallelujah!
Christ lives in me. I live in union with Him just as two plants, growing closely to one another, grow together, become engrafted. In Romans 6:5, the phrase “united with Him” reminds me of what I am trying to say here. “United” is the Greek word symphytos meaning to be planted together, to grow along with…. I am intertwined with the life and death of Jesus Christ because I believe. Finding definition for this unity I am given in Christ is in word after word: planted together, intertwined, engrafted, grown together, innate, kindred.
As a believer in Christ, I experience, spiritually, the “likeness of His resurrection” and then am raised anew with Him. Romans 6:10 says that Christ “lives to God”. As I am united with Him, I, too, am to live to God. I am called to walk in His ways, in obedience, in love.
LORD, this is something I cannot do alone. I know that it is impossible… for You are the One Who died for me, taking my sin to the Cross. I kneel before You and ask You to teach me. May I stand in intimate fellowship with You so that my new life would be consecrated to You and You Alone. My word(s) for this year is “set apart”. Being consecrated is to be set apart for You. That is my desire. May I be holy and acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit to You as I learn Your Way. May I let the world know my gratitude from my countenance, LORD. May I live with “holy gladness”, “holy boldness”, “cheerful holiness” as I live to God. I pray in Your Holy Name, Jesus. Amen.
“holy gladness”, “holy boldness”, “cheerful holiness” from Charles H. Spurgeon, in “Morning and Evening” August 14th