I want to grow up

“For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:5-11).

JP: I am somewhat of a Norman Rockwell fan. Some time when you are by the house, check out the Rockwell print in our den. The above image is Hes Going to Be Taller Than Dad, 1939. Advertisement for Upjohn pharmaceuticals. I chose this image for the first of what I hope to be a series of posts on Christian growth and maturity!

The Lord’s atoning work on the cross is the basis for Christian Growth!: Our Lord died that those who believe on Him would both be saved and be sanctified. Sanctified is the term used to describe the process of becoming conformed to the image of our Savior.

We are individually responsible to cooperate with the process of sanctification. This is seen in these commands:

  • “knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him … “ (not technically a command but has a command-like emphasis)
  • “reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin”
  • “do not let sin reign in your mortal body” (Romans 5:12)
  • “present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God” (Romans 5:13)

I personally want to continue to grow! I have not yet arrived! Paul echoed this thought in Philippians 3:13: “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead”. The way to grow is to first be “in Christ”, a true Christian!

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