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Devotional - week of June 29, 2008


JESUS' BODY, OUR BODIES

 

Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.  Romans 7:4

 

In the law arrangement God had with the Israelites, He gave the commands and the Israelites were to keep them without divine assistance. Some Christians serve God in the same manner. Romans 8:3 says this is an arrangement with flesh.

 

Serving God in the flesh can result in sins committed with our bodies, which often result in damage to our bodies. Our flesh drives us to produce for God. That can result in an overworked body—kept in a state of fatigue. Living in the flesh, we carry the burden of deciding what to do next which can result in a state of mental fatigue. Continual fatigue can lead to physical problems.

 

In addition, the medical world and personal experiences have revealed that non-body sins of the flesh such as anger, resentment and an inability to forgive can cause physical problems.

 

Because Jesus died as “The Last Adam” beginning a new race, when He yielded up His spirit, we died with Him. Our flesh was crucified. When we experience the crucifixion of our flesh, there cannot be a law arrangement in which we serve God in the flesh. That is why Romans 7:4 says that through the body of Jesus we are dead to the law. Therefore, we are dead to the works of the flesh that can cause damage to our bodies.

 

When we experience the crucifixion of our flesh, we make our bodies available to God. He then uses our bodies through which to do His works of righteousness.

 

[present] your members as instruments of righteousness to God.  Romans 6:13c

 

Paul’s statement on Galatians 3:1 reveals the importance of God expressing Himself through our bodies. He writes:

 

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?