Romans 6:1-14, Galatians 2:20
September 1, 2019
preached by Doug Cooper
Time of Reflection Quotations
“There is no death of sin without the death of Christ.”
~ John Owen (1616-1683), English theologian in Sin and Temptation
“If we do not know ourselves to be full of pride, ambition, lust, weakness, misery, and injustice, we are indeed blind. And if, knowing this, we do not desire deliverance, what can we say of a man…?”
~ Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and theologian
“Man staggers through life yapped at by his reason, pulled and shoved by his appetites, whispered to by fears, beckoned by hopes. Small wonder that what he craves most is self-forgetting.”
~ Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), social philosopher
“There is not one of the godly who does not daily experience in himself the same thing. According to the judgment of the flesh, he thinks he is cast off and forsaken by God, while yet he apprehends by faith the grace of God, which is hidden from the eye of sense and reason.”
~ John Calvin (1509-1564), French theologian, pastor and writer
“Faith must be taught correctly, namely, that by it you are so cemented to Christ, that He and you are as one person, which cannot be separated but remains attached to Him forever.”
~ Martin Luther (1483-1546), German theologian, author and seminal figure during the Protestant Reformation
“Remember that you are not saved by increased levels of holiness, however desirable it is that you should reach them. …It is Christ who saves us-through faith. Your faith is a poor and crumbling thing, as is your spiritual service. Jesus Christ alone is qualified and able to save you because of what He has done.”
~ Sinclair B. Ferguson (1948-present), Scottish minister, professor and author
“What God has promised is to be with us, to weep with us, to celebrate with us, to help us, to strengthen us, to never let us go and to outlast every evil and terrible thing with us. His love, His purposes, and His goodness will never quit and no foul thing will ever overcome them. These kinds of “with us, for us, understands us, nothing can separate us” promises are like berries ripe and ready for our tasting. Health, wealth, and immunity pledges are like wormed apples. They look good until you take a deeper bite.”
~ Zack Eswine, contemporary pastor and author
Romans 6:1-14, Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.