Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans, 6:3-11

In Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans, 6:3-11 we find:

Brethren, all who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death. We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His. We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For he who has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him. For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. The death He died He died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Paul tells the Romans that those that have accepted Christ and suffered the symbolic death of Baptism have been freed from their past sins, and (some) contemporary theologians tell us that we are freed from present and future sins as well. However careful examination of other scripture tends to counter this proposition of unlimited Grace. Jesus told the woman accused of adultery; “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” We should take notice that in this eighth chapter, eleventh verse of the Gospel According to John, Jesus DID NOT say, “Neither do I condemn thee: go and do as thou wilt!”

In Matthew 7:11 we find Jesus inferring that if we who profess to be Christians and do not do the will of his Father, we will be denied heaven; Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

So pray and contemplate on this letter of Paul’s to the Romans and ask yourself am I dead to sin? Have I given my old self and began anew attempting to do the will of the Father in Heaven?

Then say this prayer or one of your own

Soul of Christ, sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me; Blood of Christ, inebriate me; Water from the side of Christ, wash me; Passion of Christ, strengthen me; O good Jesus, hear me; within your wounds, hide me; let me never be separated from you; from the evil one, protect me; at the hour of my death, call me; and bid me to come to you; that with your saints, I may praise you forever and ever. Amen.

And as always:

Go out into the world in peace;

have courage; hold on to what is good;

return no one evil for evil;

strengthen the fainthearted;

support the weak; help the suffering;

honor everyone; love and serve God;

rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit!

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