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 in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. Romans 6:5-8
We don’t usually think of sin as a slave master, but that is exactly what it is. Sin can control your life and it leads you deeper and deeper into a life that end in despair. Yet God has thrown us a rope so we can climb out of the pit of sin and into a new life. Once we accept Jesus’ death on the cross and die to self we are no longer ruled by our sin. We can begin to let the Holy Spirit work in us to change us and to begin the process of sanctification.
Paul tells us that if we die to self and accept Jesus then we not only are united with Christ in His death but we are assured of being united with Him in the resurrection. We begin the transformation for a being of this world to a citizen of heaven. We are adopted into God’s family and have the right to be in His presence for all eternity.
The changes that we experience in this life will be nothing compared to what we will be like in heaven. As we travel through our earthly life with Christ we are still in our old sinful bodies. That means we are still going to sin. But after the resurrection our bodies will be made new without any sin nature. Then we will spend all eternity in God’s presence.
What a glorious time that will be.
Have a blessed day,