Scripture Reading: Hosea 1:1-2:23 / Romans 6:1-14 / Psalm 87:1-7
Wanted posters or wanted signs are rarely seen today but they were quite common years ago. The wanted posters were distributed by governmental and law agencies to let the public know of alleged criminals that needed apprehended. The posters would include the criminals name, physical description, alleged crime, a photo and at times a bounty amount to be given to anyone who would capture the criminal either dead or alive.
Wanted posters may not be common today but the “dead or alive” concept is part of our everyday lives. We are reminded on a daily basis that there is life or there is death. It is one or the other; death and life do not coexist together. That truth not only applies to us physically, it is also true of us spiritually.
When we turn to Christ and repent of our sins, He forgives and cleanses us. Jesus removes our sin and we have new life as He makes us a new creation. “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” (Romans 6:6) Salvation is a powerful transformation from spiritual death to life!
Paul addresses our victory through Christ over sin and also the difficulty we face with the daily presence of sin. We are constantly reminded of the allurement of sin because we live in a world of sin. God doesn’t physically transport us from earth but spiritually transforms us in the presence of a sinful world. Sin doesn’t give up though; it constantly works on our flesh, desiring to make a come back.
How do we fight against sin’s power? Paul says that we are to consider ourselves dead and alive, “…count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (vs.11) We must always live, knowing that we are dead and alive…dead to sin and alive in Christ. Sin no longer has a hold on us, “We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (vs.2) Jesus sets us free, “For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.” (vs.9)
The same resurrected power that raised Christ Jesus, delivered you from the chains of sin’s death grip. So consider yourself dead to sin and alive to Christ... His power not only gave you life, it keeps you alive!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!