Bear fruit for God because we belong to and love Jesus
Published January 11th, 2017; Updated January 11th, 2017
Main point summary
Paul's brothers, have died to belong to Christ in order to bear fruit for God. In the flesh sinful passions were at work which resulted in bearing fruit for death. But now they have died to what held them captive, in order to serve in the new way of the Spirit.
Likewise, my brothers, g you also have died h to the law
i through the body of Christ,
so that you may belong to another,
to him who has been raised from the dead,
j in order that we may bear fruit for God.
For while we were living in the flesh,
our sinful passions,
aroused by the law,
were at work k in our members
l to bear fruit for death.
But now we are released from the law,
having died to that which held us captive,
so that we serve in the m new way of n the Spirit
and not in the old way of the written code. 1
How are sinful passions aroused by the law?
To be a Christian is to be married and in love with Christ.