Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Alive In Christ

Below is the daily Bible reading I am doing for the West Side Church of Christ. Please feel free to follow along.

Thank you for being patient with me. On Thursday morning my wife and I went to the hospital to begin the delivery process. I tried to do the Bible reading but my mind had to many things on it to focus properly. I hope you did the reading and plan to pick up with today’s reading.

Today’s reading (Romans 8) is packed full of some awesome information shared by the Apostle Paul. Paul reminds us that when we are in Christ there is no condemnation, when we are in Christ we have the gift of the Holy Spirit, and when we are in Christ we are more than conquerors.

You see friends these all tie together in an amazing way. Christ came and defeated death when he rose on the third day. No longer did sin bind him to the grave, and because of that he has the ability to bring us along. No matter what eschatological view you hold to, in the end, if you are in Christ you have conquered death. When you stand before the judgment throne of God Christ stands on your defense. There is no condemnation when in Christ.

Also when you are in Christ you have the Spirit living inside. That spirit helps to guide and direct. That Spirit helps to keep you from sin and show you the love of God in a deeper and awe inspiring level. I love the way Paul ends this thought when he says…

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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