In Which Realm Do You Live?
I was working with a petroleum company
in Singapore when an inspector from another country visited. He came to
check on a cargo of oil destined for his country, which was at war.
When he heard the shriek of fighter planes overhead, he instinctively
ran for cover. Embarrassed, he explained, “Sorry, I thought I was back
home.” He did what he would have done had he been in his war-torn
For the Believer, it’s easy to dive back into old ways
of sin out of sheer habit because of the many temptations in this
world. Even though we are “in Christ Jesus” as Romans 8:1 says, we
sometimes live as if we are “in sin.”
God paid a very heavy price
to take us out of the realm of sin. He did so by “sending His own Son
in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering” (v.3 niv). We are
now to be governed by “the law of the Spirit of life,” not by “the law
of sin and death” (v.2). The apostle Paul urges us to “set” our mind
according to “the things of the Spirit” (v.5). This means that we take
our direction from God’s Word as guided by His Spirit.
you’re tempted to dive back into old sinful ways, will you instead
allow the Holy Spirit who resides in you to help you live more
consistently with your standing “in Christ”? — C. P. Hia
Born of the flesh, conceived in sin,
Then born of the Spirit, new life to begin;
I’ve been washed in Christ’s blood and this will suffice,
Praise God I’m His child, I’ve been born twice! —Brandt
When you are a born again Believer, you become a citizen of heaven.