Thoughts on Today’s Verse
Christ died to pay the price for sins committed in our lives so that we might be forgiven, and Christ rose again the third day to break the power of sin in our lives so that we may live the rest of our Christian life free from the powerful strangle-hold of sin within our hearts. In this glorious chapter, Paul transports us to the pinnacle of who we are in Christ and what His death and Resurrection really means to all who believe on His name. Paul paints in spectacular technicolour what it means to be children of God, accepted in the Beloved, dead to the power of sin in our lives, and alive unto God through the life of Christ, now resident within and able to work in us and through us, to the glory of God.
Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 12, that at rebirth we were all baptised into one Body (the Body of Christ). He expands this in Galatians by explaining that as many as were baptised into the Body of Christ, which happened the moment we believed on Jesus we “put on Christ.” We were placed into the Body of Christ and clothed with Christ Himself.
Because we were baptised into Christ the moment that we trusted Him as Saviour, we moved our position from being in Adam to being IN Christ.
We were IN Christ: His seed – when Christ went to the Cross – and so we were crucified with Him.
We were IN Christ: His seed – when Christ was buried in the tomb – and so we were buried with Him.
We were IN Christ: His seed – when Christ was resurrected from the dead – and so we were resurrected with Him.
The effect of having been baptised into Christ’s death, burial, and Resurrection, means that everything that is true of Christ is also true of us as well. Because we are in Him, we are forever identified with Him and all that He has done. Christ conquered death when He died on the Cross and rose again, and because we are positioned in Him, because we are His seed, we are identified with all that He did.
Because the power of death was broken by Christ it was also broken in our lives too – and in the life of every single man and woman that simply believes in Christ Jesus our Lord. Prior to believing in the Lord Jesus, sin and death had power over us 24/7. Once we believed in Him, the power of sin and death was broken giving us the choice to walk in our new godly life in Christ rather that to walk in the old sinful, fleshly life in Adam.
Paul in this verse was reminding the Roman believers of a truth that he had taught them some time before: Since we have all died to sin, how can we continue to keep on sinning? Have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, when the Holy Spirit placed us into Christ’s Body, we joined Him in His death and were identified with Him?
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. We died and were buried with Him because we were IN Him as part of His Body. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Hallelujah!
Loving Father, thank You for Paul’s ministry and this wonderful news that I am in Christ, I have been placed into His Body, and am now one with Him and fully identified with all that He did, including being free from the power of sin in my life. May I live godly in Christ Jesus, to Your praise and glory. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
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