• United to Christ Devotional

    Romans 6:5–7

    We served the master of sin for a long time, so we are tempted to live the life of the old man, the life of the one whom sin controls. But sin is no longer our master. When we died, sin lost its authority to control us, and we lost the obligation to do whatever it says. We sin when we forget that sin is no longer our rightful master, that we died to any “legitimate” authority it had over us. We are bound to a new Master, and our obligation to Him is holiness. View Resource

  • United to Christ Devotional

    Romans 6:5–7

    We served the master of sin for a long time, so we are tempted to live the life of the old man, the life of the one whom sin controls. But sin is no longer our master. When we died, sin lost its authority to control us, and we lost the obligation to do whatever it says. We sin when we forget that sin is no longer our rightful master, that we died to any “legitimate” authority it had over us. We are bound to a new Master, and our obligation to Him is holiness. View Resource

  • Baptized into Christ Devotional

    Romans 6:3-4

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage: “Paul, according to his usual manner, where he speaks of the faithful, connects the reality and the effect with the outward sign; for we know that whatever the Lord offers by the visible symbol is confirmed and ratified by their faith. In short, he teaches what is the real character of baptism when rightly received.” Baptism reassures us that God promises to regenerate His people in His own timing and cleanse us from all sin. View Resource

  • Dying to the Law in Christ Devotional

    Galatians 2:20

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “The doctrine of the gospel, instead of weakening the bond of duty, did but the more strengthen and confirm it; and therefore, though he was dead to the law, yet it was only in order for him to live a new and better life for God.” Only in dying to the law in Christ can we fulfill the law. Yet we can die to the law only through conversion and in the power of the Holy Spirit. View Resource

  • A Sign of Assurance Devotional

    Romans 6:5–11

    Because we are united to Christ, the wrath that we deserve was meted out by the Father on His Son at Calvary. Our sin was judged, and the condemnation we earned for having transgressed God’s law was borne by our Savior. Our intimate union with Jesus made all of this possible, and we are reminded tangibly of this union as we feed on Christ in the Lord’s Supper. Thus, we can be assured of our salvation when we partake of the bread and wine in faith. View Resource

  • Focus on the Facts Devotional

    Romans 6:11

    Our enemy the deceiver does not want us to know ourselves to be dead to sin and alive to God. He wants to persuade us to believe we are still under sin’s power and need to earn God’s favor. Thus, we must allow our minds to be renewed by God’s Word (Rom 12:1–2) lest we forget the facts. Make time for reminders from Scripture. View Resource

  • Newness of Life (Part 2) Devotional

    Romans 6:8-10

    In a sense, the Christian life is like the process of learning to ride a bicycle: You fall off a lot, but you have to get back on to learn. Yes, you will sin, but surrender is not an option. You must “press on,” asking God for grace to pass the next test. Remember that you have been set free to live to God. He Himself has made it possible for you. View Resource

  • Newness of Life (Part 1) Devotional

    Romans 6:5-7

    It is good for believers to take the measure of their progress in the Christian life. What were some of the sins that most troubled you before your conversion? Have you advanced in your ability to resist them? Remember that your “body of sin” has been rendered powerless and strive ever harder toward the righteousness of Christ. View Resource

  • Perfect Obedience Devotional

    Romans 5:18-19

    Paul’s comparisons of our unions with Adam and Christ show us how wrong we are in our tendency to think that some goodness in us motivated God to save us. We were lost, justly condemned. But God saved us through Christ and declared us just. Examine your heart closely today for any attitudes that cheapen divine grace. View Resource

  • A Superior Union Devotional

    Romans 5:15-17

    Take time today to read through one of the gospel accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion. As you read, remember that He was dying for Adam’s sin—and for every sin of every one of His people, past, present, and future. Does such a thought help you understand the depth of His suffering? Praise Him today for paying for your sins, too. View Resource

  • A Sacred Union Devotional

    Psalm 45

    Compare the relationship between Christ and the church to that of a husband and wife. How has the denigration of marriage in our society weakened people’s understanding of the union of God’s people with Christ? Assess anew your personal and corporate purity as Christ’s bride. View Resource