Psalms: 87, 90
Old Testament: Jeremiah 13:1-11
New Testament: Romans 6:12-23

The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

A large portion of Romans is dedicated to the question: “Now that we are saved, how do we act?” Paul wants to dissuade new Christians from continuing in sin and immoral behaviour, and–above all–he wants to avoid the idea that people can continue living lives of debauchery, while being given eternal life.

For Paul, the internal state of grace and thanksgiving was to be reflected in outward behaviour, and in the sanctification of the body.

In last night’s post, I talked about the idea of redemption……of being bought back from the devil. One of the implications of that outlook is that our bodies are now longer our own. We are, literally, the property of Christ.

This is a difficult concept in a culture which points so much emphasis on individual freedom…..but it can also give a picture of ourselves which provides hope. If God is indeed directing our bodies through the power of the Holy Spirit, why would we want to go astray??? If we are living into our baptismal covenant, there is reason to believe that God will change the world in and through us.

Slowly but surely, through faith and hard work, the Kingdom will be brought to fruition, and all of creation will rejoice in peace, unity, and concord. +

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