From Death to Life, Day by Day

In Genesis 2:7, Moses tells us about the day that the first human being was created:  that is, the day when “man became a living being.”  The Hebrew word translated as “being” in this verse is literally “soul.”  Therefore, it was on the sixth day that Adam became “a living soul.”  In Genesis 2:17, God tells the man that “in the day that you eat from [the tree of the knowledge of good and evil] you will surely die.”  In Ezekiel 18:4, we read “The soul who sins will die.”  Thus we are reminded that sin brings death.  This means that though God created Adam as “a living soul,” he would become “a dead soul” in the day that he sinned – a walking dead man.  Though Adam did not physically die until he was 930 years old (Genesis 5:5), his physical death was just the ultimate consequence of his soul having died long before.  Thus God’s word is true: Adam died in the day he sinned.

Likewise, sin keeps us in a state of death.  By the grace of Christ we can be redeemed from it.  But if we go back to sinning, we go back to death (Ephesians 2:1; 2 Peter 2:22).  Therefore, accept your redemption from death morning by morning and carry that redemption with you throughout the day.

…you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.
–  Matthew 1:21

…God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.
–  Acts 3:26

Let the spirit of Jesus animate your life today.  Obey His commandments.  This is the kingdom of God.

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