Daily Bread 8-29-16
4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
ref. - Ro 6:14 - For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Gal 2:19 - For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
2 Cor. 11:2 - For I am jealous over you with a Godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
We are dead to the law by the body of Christ, but do we believe it? We have been given a great opportunity. One that has been offered to all but taken by few. We have the chance to leave sin behind and live for Christ. We have an opportunity to serve only one master. Not as in times past where the people were bound by sin, never escaping it but relying on the holiness of others to get them right with God, but an opportunity to be free from sin in Jesus Christ. If we look at it carnally we think of a marriage. We spent much time looking for the "right" one. Through successes and failures we kept looking. When we found him or her and God put us together we quit looking. We became loyal and obedient to that one, or we should have according to the written scripture that we say we believe in. We no longer needed this one for this and this one for that, we were solely joined to one. If we are to bring forth fruit to God we must realize that we no longer belong to sin, we belong to Christ. We have found the "one". When we love Christ and devote our lives to him we, in a sense, become married to him. Our eyes are on Him, our love is toward Him, and our service is for Him. To let him down by serving sin is no longer acceptable. We do not feel good going to him for forgiveness any longer so we strive to not fail him. We no longer look at other options, we no longer search for others, but we keep our eyes on our spouse. If we follow "our husband"(Christ), he will not lead us to sin but to a life that is filled with righteousness and holiness with a promise of eternal life. We will no longer be under the law which was for another, but under grace which is for us in Christ. We no longer will serve two masters but will be willingly bound to one. So let us move forward, striving for perfection in Christ, knowing that when Christ told us he could lead us to a life that is free from sin that he will do just that. One God, one salvation, one baptism, one Jesus Christ. We have now found where we belong and who we belong to, let us submit solely to Him and become that branch bearing fruit that God created us to be! God was so good to us that instead of many, he gave us one to be connected to, Jesus Christ!! March on Brothers and Sisters, and be a part of that body of Christ!! Have a great day!!!