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Kingdom of God

I live in a new country now. I live in the country governed by God. Jesus oversees God’s country. God has forgiven me for missing his goals for me.

  • Should I continue to live in God’s country like I did in the old country?
  • Absolutely not.
  • I am a citizen of the Kingdom of God where Jesus the Messiah is King.

The point of living in the world governed by Jesus is to be governed by my Master Jesus the Messiah. Jesus is in charge. I am not.

May I live a new life in a new land!

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into the Messiah Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as the Messiah was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. [1]

Source: Apostle Paul – Romans 6:1-3

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Paul first reacts in moral outrage at the reasoning that Christians should continue behaving sinfully, as they did before their conversions, to prompt the exercise of more and more forgiving grace on God’s part. As though God would exercise more and more of such grace and be pleased to do so for the garnering of greater credit than ever because he did.

Next, Paul supports his horrified reaction with a counter question: How shall we, who as such died so far as sin is concerned, still live in it?[2]

We have a new life. It is seen our baptism into his death and resurrection.

  • Have you been baptized into the Messiah Jesus and His death?
  • Have you been baptized into a resurrected new life in Jesus?
  • Are you walking in that new and Spirit filled life today?

Jesus the Messiah is our model and was baptized by John: Jesus set the example for us all.

Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?”  But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he permitted Him.  After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

Matthew 3:13–17

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ro 6:1–4.

[2] Robert H. Gundry, Commentary on the New Testament: Verse-by-Verse Explanations with a Literal Translation (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2010), 589.