“Higher Things” Reflection for July 17

 

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Romans 6:1

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Here’s some twisted logic for you: God’s grace is that He died for our sins. So if we sin more, He’ll forgive us more. The more we sin, the more grace God has, so let’s sin some more! Is that it? St. Paul says, “No way! No how!” But that’s what happens when the Old Adam fools around with the forgiveness of sins.

How do we shut him up from asking such stupid questions? St. Paul directs us to Holy Baptism. If you are baptized into Christ, the Old Adam has died and the New Man daily arises. The Catechism reminds us that our Baptism means every day we die with Jesus and rise with Him. Every day, because of our baptism into Christ, Old Adam gets a good drowning and the New Man lives for Jesus and for others.

The key to this is Christ’s death and resurrection. In Baptism, they become YOUR death and resurrection. In Baptism, your Old Adam gets the wrath of God and the nails of the cross to put him down. In Baptism, Jesus bursting from the tomb is your New Man’s victory over sin and death and the promise of life everlasting.

Covered in Christ by your Baptism, the Lord pays no attention to the antics of your Old Adam who wants to sin so that grace may abound. Instead, He gives life to your New Man in Christ, life that is lived to the praise of God’s glory and the benefit and service of those around you.

To live as a Christian is to live in your baptism every day. To daily repent of your sins, knowing that for Christ’s sake in your baptism you are indeed forgiven. To arise and live for the welfare and service of those around you. Each morning and evening the Catechism reminds us to make the sign of the cross because then we learn over and over that our whole life is not about our own efforts but about what Jesus has done for us on Calvary and how He gives us those gifts by water and the Word. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

So use it well! You are made new — In Christ a new creation! As faithful Christians live and do Within your own vocation, Until that day when you possess His glorious robe of righteousness Bestowed on you forever! LSB 596:6

Source: Higher Things : July 17, 2012 – Tuesday of the Sixth Week after Trinity.

 

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