Intimacy that Produces Life

March 23, 2016

 

Romans 6:1-6

Do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to men who know the law—that the law has authority over a man only as long as he lives? 2For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law of marriage. 3So then, if she marries another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress, even though she marries another man. 

4So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God. 5For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death. 6But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

Intimacy that Produces Life

In our former marriage we were under the law.  Under the law we struggled to maintain the written codes and the letter of the law.  Yet we were so often unfaithful as temptation used the Law to entice the weakness of our flesh.  We are always enticed to do what we are forbidden to do.  Because our passions ruled us and the law condemned us the fruit of this relationship was death, because it produced sin, which leads to death.  

When we came to Christ we died to the law.  That means that the former husband that we were obligated too died to us.  We were set free from the covenant of the law to enter into the covenant of grace.  The Law could be seen as an arranged marriage.  One we were subjected to and obligated to without choice.  Such is not the case with our marriage unto Christ.  It is a marriage by choice and by choice we give our hearts to Him.  This marriage involves an intimacy that few really knew under the law.  It is not a harsh and critical taskmaster as we viewed the law, but a person that we know to be loving, compassionate, full of grace and mercy.  It is not that we go in a different direction than the law was taking us, for the law was righteousness, but it was weak through the sinfulness of our flesh.  This same righteousness is present in our relationship with the Lord Jesus, but now He has become the object of our love and our desire is no longer for sin, but for deeper intimacy with Him.  When we find that place of intimacy, we find the joy and the love of His presence.  He lifts us up, edifies us and ministers to the deepest needs and longings of our heart.  In that place of intimacy the seed of His life is made one in us, so that the fruit of our lives is producing what He is.  His grace has released us from the power of sin, but sin is no longer the object of our desire, He is.  When you truly love someone with all of your heart isn’t it your desire to please them, to give to them in all the ways that you can? Our bodies become instruments of righteousness, because He is that righteousness within us.  We have entered into a covenant that is both life giving and life changing.  As it changes our life it will in turn change the lives of those around us, because the fruit of our lips and actions should speak forth the life of who He is.  Through the transformation in us others are drawn to His light and truth.  Intimacy is all about what pleases and meets the needs of your partner.  When we are the object of one another’s desire both parties are not taking but giving themselves to one another in all of the ways that are pleasing, edifying, fulfilling and life giving.  We can never out-give Jesus.  We can never love Him more or give more of ourselves to Him than He has and will continue to give to us.  When Christ truly becomes our husband, sin and the passions of the flesh are no longer our desire, but He is.  The way to come away from sin is to become deeply intimate with your Lord.  When we find the true joy of His presence and love, there is nothing on earth more precious and rewarding. 

Blessings,

#kent

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