Paul longed to know Christ and the power of His resurrection, but his heart was also to share in Christ’s suffering, for he desired intimate association with the Lord Who bought him, in the everyday circumstances of his life. We should walk with Him as we travel along the way - as we live and as we move. Guide us. Guide us today, and direct our hearts and minds into the love of Christ and draw us into a closer intimacy with Yourself. We trust You to do in all things well.. and praise You for Your goodness and grace, in the name of Jesus, AMEN. ὉΜΟΙΏΜΑΤΙ Τῆς ἈΝΑΣΤΆΣΕΩς, For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Jesus is the one who removes the obstacles on the roadside and He is the one Who bring you to your appointed goal.. for the all-seeing God is the One Who has promised in all things to "directs your paths" and to lead You in the way of righteousness. with Christ in the likeness of His death, and that His life has become our life – through time and into eternity. Thank You for directing our lives.. every step of the way, as we follow you. Paul longed to know Christ and the power of His resurrection, but his heart was also to share in Christ’s suffering, for he desired intimate association with the Lord Who bought him, in the everyday circumstances of his life. As a result of our new birth we are united in Him.. by faith, and all who are truly united together with Christ have been baptised into His body. When we are united with Him, the power of the sin nature is severed, so that we are enabled to live in newness of life, in which grace reigns - the new life of Christ within. Romans 6:5, ESV: "For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his." All who are positioned in Christ died to sin, when Jesus died on the cross. We need to acknowledge Him in the morning time and we need to draw close to Him in the evening hours. Like Paul we need to acknowledge who we are in Christ and we should desire that close intimacy with Him in the everyday circumstances of life. We should honour Him in all we do.. whether we eat and drink.. when we wake and when we sleep, whatever we do should be done for the glory of God. We trust You to do in all things well.. and praise You for Your goodness and grace, in the name of Jesus, AMEN. For — Surely these two must go together; so that if we have been united to Christ by faith, (to which baptism engages us,) and have been made conformable to his death, by being dead to sin, we shall also know the power of his resurrection, by rising to newness of life. Day by day we should desire a relational closeness with Jesus as we acknowledge Him in "all" our ways. Paul knew the importance of relational closeness with the Lord Jesus – for by faith in His sacrificial death on our account, we were positioned in Him, and eternally united with the Lord Jesus Christ, in the likeness of His death. The Consecration Of Spiritual Energy (part 2). Being united with Christ is to be identified with the Person and work of the Lord Jesus. His death became our death, but His resurrected life became our new, resurrected life - a life which is everlasting. But as a member of His Body, we are not only grafted into His death, but also are joined together with Him in His resurrected life. Romans 6:5-7. We are positioned in Him through the baptism of the Holy Spirit and it is by being baptised into the body of Christ at salvation, that we become identified with His death as well as His life. We are united in life with our resurrected Lord. Loving Father, thank You that we are united with Christ in the likeness of His death, and that His life has become our life – through time and into eternity. When Christ died, we died in Him, and we are to reckon ourselves dead to sin. Thank You for directing our lives.. every step of the way, as we follow you. It is by faith that we are placed in union with Christ. And when the Word of God says honour Him in 'all' things.. it means to draw close to Him with a focused, undivided heart.. all the time and in every situation. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection. Romans 6:5(NASB) Verse Thoughts. We should honour him as we clean the house, mend the car, shop for groceries or answer the door. He identified with us when He died in our place.. so that we can identify with Him in the likeness of His resurrected life. Paul knew the importance of having a close relationship with His Saviour, which caused him to rejoice and say: "the life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me," and we are to follow the example of Paul and die to self as we live for Christ daily. and direct our hearts and minds into the love of Christ and draw us into a closer intimacy with Yourself. Romans 6:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 6:5, NIV: "For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his."

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