13.4 Romans – Rotten Food

As a child of God we have entered everlasting life as a member of the family of the King of Kings.

Isaiah 25:6 prophecies the banquet on God’s holy mountain and Jesus discusses how we will sit at the table with the patriarchs of old.  Whether we eat or drink to nourish our heavenly bodies, I do not know, but I know that Jesus also used food as an analogy for the nourishment that comes from God.  After working with the Samaritan woman at the well Jesus commented, “my food is to do the will of Him who sent me.”

I bring all of this up to point out that we need no longer eat scraps from dumpsters and trashcans.  We are now the adopted children of the King.  Why would we partake of rotten food and trash?  We wouldn’t.

In the same way, Paul calls us in our verses today to get rid of the other trash that we have consumed in the past and that we may have stored up in our lives.  Get rid of the misdeeds of the body.  He doesn’t say to kill them as one would kill an animal in hunting to provide food, instead, he uses the same terminology of putting them to death as one who is convicted of a capital offense and sits on death’s row in prison awaiting execution.

This is not a loss to us.  Do you eat rotten food?  Do you drink spoiled and rotting milk?  Of course not.  You through it away and have no desire for it.  It does not nourish or help you it only brings harm.  The same can be said of our sin nature and misdeeds.

Do not get confused in our questions in this section of Romans.  We are not discussing sacrificial works giving in.

My Answers:

9.
To be a child of God, to be unknown to the world because I no longer adhere to the desires of the world (or am growing out of them to a higher calling). to know Christ to become Holy and seek more light. To shine that light to others.

10.
a.
By serving, by loving others and being obedient to God. Walk by the Spirit (be a spirit with a body instead of the other way). Bear fruit. Cloth yourself in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. forgive one another. Let the peace of Christ rule

b.
it isn’t manage sin or resist sin or tolerate sin, it is put it to death in us. We can be a witness when our words and actions match. Actions speak louder than words, but they both should carry the same message. Let others know we are Christians by our love.

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