The Resurrection: Breaking Death’s Chains
How Christ defeated the power of sin and made it possible for us to live in freedom
READ Romans 6:1-18
Borrowing imagery that Jesus used for Himself (see Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18), Paul explains in this passage from Romans how Christ, in rising from the dead, became the liberator who freed us from our slavery to sin. Death’s power over us—both spiritual and physical—is broken when we put our trust in Jesus, because of His sacrificial death on the cross and triumphant resurrection three days later. Sin no longer has any true claim on us, because our old nature has died with Christ, and just as He was raised to life, we are now able to experience a new life with Him. Jesus went before us to “destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8) and “render powerless him who had the power of death” (Hebrews 2:14). The result is that we are free to no longer be mastered by sin.
Think and pray about the following questions, journaling your thoughts if possible.
1. If you have trusted Christ as Savior and Lord, what does this passage say about your true identity? What does it say about your false identity and how it relates to any ongoing struggle with sin?
2. Is there any area of your life in which you desire to walk in greater freedom? Welcome Christ’s resurrection power to illuminate and strengthen you as you surrender this area to Him.
Meditate on these biblical insights about the power of the resurrection. For in-depth study, see the supporting scriptures.
• Christ’s resurrection “disarmed” and triumphed over the Enemy of our souls. (Colossians 2:12-15)
• In His resurrection, Jesus completed His redemptive work on the cross for our sake. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
• The resurrection lights the way toward future life in our true eternal home with Him. (2 Timothy 1:8-10)
• Jesus Himself personifies life and the power to bring what is dead back to life; we experience this reality through relationship with Him. (John 11:25-26)
• Through God’s grace, we’ve been enabled to partake in the life of Christ as new creations. (Eph. 2:4-10; 2 Cor. 5:17)
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