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Thursday
Dec122013

An identity you must embrace

Bible Studies for Life
December 29, 2013 

Gerald Nash
chaplain
Second Baptist
Conway

Romans 6:8-18

Recently, I went to the bank to make a transfer. The teller told me my debit card had been locked because I had been a victim of identity theft. Apparently, while I was using my card to buy breakfast for my granddaughter when she and I were in Conway, someone was attempting to use my card number at a Walmart in South Carolina. 

It is illegal to use someone else’s identity. In our Scripture lesson, it is the opposite. We are to take on Christ’s identity. 

Romans 6:10 says, “For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.” 

Christ dying to sin does not imply that Christ ever sinned. The Scriptures are very clear that Christ was without sin. 

We wonder, How could Christ die to sin if He never sinned? 

Christ died to sin in two senses. First, He died to sin in regard to sin’s penalty. Romans 6:23 tells us that the penalty for sin is death.  As our substitute, Christ met the legal demands of the Law and died for the sins of the world. Secondly, Christ died to sin in regard to sin’s power. His death on the cross broke sin’s power over those who would come to Him in faith. Verse 10 is specific in saying that this was a “once for all” sacrifice. This never needs to be repeated (Heb. 7:26-27; 1 Pet. 3:18).  

Verse 11 says, “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

We are to respond to sin as a dead man would. Sin is not to be a part of our life. However, we are to be alive to God in Christ Jesus. This means we are called to holiness, worship, prayer, service and discipleship.  

As Christians, we are to embrace Christ’s identity as our own. Our life is literally hidden in Christ. Christ wants to live through us (Phil. 1:21; 2:13). 

Our life becomes His life.

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