Sermonette for Saturday

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2

Some companies treat their employees better than other companies do. A relative was recently comparing his employer with one of their competitors, in terms of the pay and expenses. He was very pleased with his salary and the bonus payments that were available to him. And he was happy with the way in which his company remunerated him for the expenses that he incurred. He told me of a chat he had with someone in his position at the other company. That person was surprised to learn how well my relative was being treated. His pay was much smaller, his bonuses were much harder to earn, and his expenses came almost entirely out of his own pocket. My relative was surprised that this man would continue to work for such a stingy employer. The world is full of such contrasts in how companies treat or mistreat their workers. But there is no contrast so great as that contained in our text today.

We all learned in Sunday School to recite Romans 6:23 – ‘the wages of sin is death’. And we have learned from bitter experience that, because we are sinners, our bodies are in a slow but steady slide toward the grave. That is the law of sin and death, and we are helpless to break its course. But we have also learned that Romans 6:23 presents eternal life, as the gift of God. As our bodies continue their downward slide, we rejoice that our souls continue their upward climb. More surely than the grave that awaits us at the end of our mortal days is the mansion that the Lord Jesus has prepared for us in His Father’s house. That is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, and death and hell are powerless to stop its course.

The law of the Spirit refers to the reality of the Holy Spirit Who is resident in each believer. It is He Who identifies us forever as the possession and children of God. It is He Who preserves us, teaches us, guides us, corrects us, encourages us, and empowers us. Although we have eternal security in Him, we are able also to enjoy daily fellowship with Him, and to experience victory in our lives and testimonies as we allow Him to have control.

The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus is far more than just beautiful words. It is a promise and a challenge from our Lord to live for Him, through Him, and with Him. – Jim MacIntosh

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