Posts Tagged ‘Romans 6:11’

We all need grace

August 13, 2018

Once again, we are going to take a look at the Quote of the Day or August 13, 2018 coming from Christian hip hop recording artist, Lecrae:

“Believe the best about people. Pray for their shortcomings. You are not the standard. We all need grace.”

While reflecting on the statement, various scriptures came to mind:

The first sentence of the quote brings to mind Philippians 4:8 (New Living Translation)

Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

The words of Jesus Christ also remind us that in the same way that we want people to think the best of us, we should think the best about them:

Luke 6:31 (NLT):

Do to others as you would like them to do to you.

The Word of God also encourages believers to pray for one another. Again, the Lord Jesus Christ tells his followers to pray for their enemies as well:

Matthew 5:44 (NLT):

But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!

We pray that those whom we pray for will not come up short, but that they will hit the mark:
That the Lord will restore, support, and strengthen them, and he will place them on a firm foundation (1 Peter 5:10)

Lecrae also reminds us that no matter how honest and sincere we may be in our evaluations, we are not the standard. The Word of God should be the standard by which we live as Christians. It is the foundation upon which we build our lives:

The Psalmist declares in Psalm 111:10:

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!

The statement by Lecrae ends with this simple yet profound acknowledgement: “We all need grace.”

A previous blog post speaks of grace, offering perhaps the most common definition of grace as “unmerited favor.” To receive grace is to receive a gift, something so valuable that it must be given away because no one is wealthy enough to purchase something of inestimable value and worth. A common acronym for grace is “God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense.”

This passage speaks of what Hodge calls “the gratuitous nature of salvation” which involves the opposing ideas of grace and works, of gift and debt; of undeserved favor and what is merited. One excludes the other. “If by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work,” so says Romans 11:6.

In reflecting upon God’s grace, we note that even though God’s grace is described as “sufficient,” God gives even more grace to those who are humble, according to James 4:6 (Amplified Bible):

But He gives us more and more grace [through the power of the Holy Spirit to defy sin and live an obedient life that reflects both our faith and our gratitude for our salvation]. Therefore, it says, “God is opposed to the proud and haughty, but [continually] gives [the gift of] grace to the humble [who turn away from self-righteousness].”

The expression “more and more grace” is also used once in 1 Peter 1:2 (New Living Translation)

God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace.

This verse also serves an introduction to this poetic response:

We All Need Grace

May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow
in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.

2 Peter 1:2 (New Living Translation)

We all need grace, as we press toward the mark for the prize.
Our hearts overflow with gratitude for each new sunrise
As He assures us He will supply every need.
This hunger to know more of His Word He will still feed.
We will follow His chosen path wherever it may lead.
As in the days of Noah, we will find grace in His eyes.

We desire to please our Father, to walk as the wise.
Before we even ask, every need our God supplies.
He has promised to richly supply all that we need:
We all need grace.

God’s faithfulness to promises comes as no surprise.
His mercy and favor unfold right before our eyes.
We walk in the steps of Christ, the Lord, knowing they lead
To God’s throne where we find grace to help in time of need.
Until the Lord returns when the Day-star shall arise,
We all need grace.

Scott and Becky Parker offer this song to remind us “We all need grace”

 

Resurrection of Christ

April 14, 2018

The Verse of the Day for April 4, 2018 reminds believers of the “gospel or “good news” regarding Christ’s resurrection:

1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4 (NIV):

[The Resurrection of Christ] Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

Though we celebrated this life-transforming event of the ages two weeks ago, we are always to remember the importance of what transpired. Never forget::Jesus Christ died for our sins. He was our substitute, in that when he died, we died with him. In addition, he was buried, and we were buried with him in baptism. “Buried, he carried our sins far away. “Finally, he was raised up, out from among the dead, and we were raised to life eternal with him. ”Rising, he justified, freed us forever.”

We also recall the lyrics to the spiritual often sung during the time of the celebration of the resurrection: “Were You There?” We note a series of questions asked in the following verses:

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?
Some lyrics ask, Were you there when he rose up from the dead?

In truth, the questions raised can be transformed into declarations that proclaim:

You were there in each instance:

When they crucified our Lord, when they nailed him to the tree, when they laid him in the tomb, when he rose up from the dead.

In reflecting on the resurrection of the Savior, we must also remember this exhortation from Romans 6:11 which serves as the introduction to this poetic response:

We are dead

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves
to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:11 NKJV

We are dead: we have died to the flesh and its lust.
We are unmoved: the dead do not know anything.
Blessed assurance is ours, as those who trust
That each day we die we grow immune to death’s sting.
We are dead: we have died to the lust of our eyes.
From the world and its trappings we are now set free,
For it is appointed unto us once to die.
Opened eyes, once closed in death, no longer see.
We are dead: we too have died to the pride of life.
It does not matter what others may think or say.
We learn to rise above conflict, envy, and strife.
Though dead, we abide in Christ, the new and living way.
As with Christ, death precedes any resurrection,
So the path we choose leads north, our new direction.

We close with Larnelle Harris offering a Worship Medley~ Were You There/Jesus Paid It All~

Crucified with Christ

April 7, 2017

As we move forward in the days leading up to Palm Sunday and the last week of Jesus Christ’s life on Earth, our thoughts are turning toward the crucifixion of the Savior and his ultimate resurrection. Revised and re-posted below is the following blog entry based on the Verse of the Day for April 7, 2017:

Galatians 2:20 (NLT):

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

The Amplified Bible renders the verse this way:

I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

According to Logos Bible Software, Paul states “I have been crucified with Christ,” literally meaning, “I am dead.”

Philippians 1:21 in the Amplified Bible also makes known this truth:

21 For me to live is Christ [His life in me], and to die is gain [the gain of the glory of eternity].

Note what Philippians 3:10 has to say about the matter:

10 And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did];

In reflecting upon these three verses, this poem comes to mind:

I Am Dead

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves
to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:11 (NKJV):

I am dead: I died to my flesh and carnal lusts.
I am unmoved: the dead do not know anything.
Blessed assurance is mine, as a man who trusts
That each day I die I grow immune to death’s sting.
I am dead: I died to desires before my eyes.
The world and its trappings no longer allure me,
For it is appointed unto man once to die.
Opened eyes, once closed in death, no longer see.
I am dead: I died, even to the pride of life.
It does not matter what others may think or say.
I learn to rise above conflict, envy, and strife.
Though dead I abide in Christ, the new and living way.
As with Christ, death precedes any resurrection,
So the path I choose: True North, my new direction.

The same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead also resides in every born-again believer. For in Christ we live, we move, and have our being. We have the privilege of demonstrating that same power that raised him from the dead, as we apply the principles of the Word of God whereby we manifest all God desires for us:

17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—
19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, (Ephesians 3:17-20).

This message of the Verse of the Day is powerfully reinforced in this stirring rendition of the song based on this verse by Phillips, Craig and Dean, “I am crucified with Christ

Galatians 2:20: I am dead

April 7, 2016

Galatians-220

Revised and re-posted below is the following blog entry from a year ago:

The Verse of the Day for April 7, 2016 is found in Galatians 2:20:

The Amplified Bible renders the verse this way:

I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

According to Logos Bible Software, Paul states, “I have been crucified with Christ,” literally meaning, “I am dead.” Philippians 1:21 in the Amplified Bible also makes known this truth:

21 For me to live is Christ [His life in me], and to die is gain [the gain of the glory of eternity].

Note what Philippians 3:10 (AMP) has to say about the matter:

10 And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did];

In reflecting upon these three verses, this poem comes to mind:

I Am Dead

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves
to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:11 NKJV

I am dead: I died to my flesh and carnal lusts.
I am unmoved: the dead do not know anything.
Blessed assurance is mine, as a man who trusts
That each day I die I grow immune to death’s sting.
I am dead: I died to desires before my eyes.
The world and its trappings no longer allure me,
For it is appointed unto man once to die.
Opened eyes, once closed in death, no longer see.
I am dead: I died, even to the pride of life.
It does not matter what others may think or say.
I learn to rise above conflict, envy and strife.
Though dead I abide in Christ, the new and living way.
As with Christ, death precedes any resurrection,
So the path I choose leads north, my new direction.

The same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead resides in every born-again believer. In Christ we live, we move, and have our being. We also have the privilege of demonstrating that same power that raised him from the dead, as we apply the principles of the Word of God whereby we manifest all that God desires for us:

17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—
19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, (Ephesians 3:17-20).

In closing, the message of the Verse of the Day is powerfully reinforced in this stirring rendition of the song  by Phillips, Craig and Dean, “I am crucified with Christ”: