TSP DAILY DEVOTIONAL
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: REMARRIED
29th April 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello
KEY SCRIPTURE/MEMORY VERSE: Romans 7:4(TPT)
So, my dear brothers and sisters, the same principle applies to your relationship with God. For you died to your first husband, the law, by being co-crucified with the body of the Messiah. So you are now free to “marry” another—the one who was raised from the dead so that you may now bear spiritual fruit for God.
In expressing the significance of Jesus’s death, its interesting that scripture uses the model of marriage.
Romans 7 tells us that we were married to the law. But the defining characteristic of the terms and conditions in that marriage was the consequence of not keepimg the law.
In a nutshell, if you sin, you are dead(Ezekiel 18:20)
“The soul that sinneth shall die.”
Romans 6:23 actually tells us that the wages of sin is death. So everywhere we looked, this marriage was going to be our undoing. It was a trap we could never get out of.
Oh but thank God it didn’t end that way. And this is why Jesus’s death is so significant.
Jesus’s death conducted and finalized the divorce proceedings for our marriage to the law! And not just that, your relationship status has changed. You are remarried now(Romans 7:4)
So someone says, “Oh the wages of sin is death.”
Well, that’s why Jesus died.
In other words, we are not talking about my death now but the death of another who substituted for me.
Listen, it’s because the wages have been paid by Jesus’s death that I am able to receive the free gift of God’s eternal life(Romans 6:23).
Now, don’t forget that the law was from God and in itself, was good and holy(See Romans 7:12). So Jesus did not come to destroy the law. No, what He did was that He came to you, ensured that you died with Him so that your marriage to the law is severed and you are legally free from your union with the law.
Nothing binds you anymore.
In other words, because you are not under the law anymore, you are now under grace(Romans 6:14).
This means you are no longer susceptible to all that came with your marital union with the law, including the fact that it strengthened sin and gave it power(1 Corinthians 15:56)
No more. Grace sets you free from the dominion of sin. Grace is your new master.
So the next time you hear “The wages of sin is death.” or someone comes at you with condemnation because of a mistake, let your whole being rejoice in response because you have received God’s free gift of eternal life.
That, my dear friends, is the power of the substitutionary work.
Take some time to meditate on the significance of Jesus’s substitutionary death for you.
-I am a new man in Christ.
-I am no longer married to the law and its influence anymore. Jesus’s death finalized my divorce.
-Grace has become my new master. Therefore, I’m not under the law.
-My victory over sin is absolute. Legally, I’m free from sin.
-There is no condemnation strong enough to undo my clean slate or victory in Christ. I’ve been absolved from every guilt!
-By the substitutionary death of Jesus, I have received God’s free gift of eternal life!
-I walk in the experience of all the good things that the blood of Jesus has mediated for me.
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