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THE FRUIT OF HOLINESS

Devotional for December 22, 2021


Morning Romans 6:1-6

Noon Psalms 125

Evening Romans 6:15-23


In Romans 6, the apostle Paul, after explaining justification by faith, confronts us with a question: “What shall we say then? Shall we persevere in sin so that grace may grow? In no way. For those of us who are dead to sin, how can we still live in it?" (Romans 6: 1, 2). Everyone who has believed, has died to sin and has risen to a new life. It is impossible for a person to have been justified and not have sanctification as its fruit. We cannot confuse justification with sanctification, but these terms are not separated: justification is solely by means of Faith; But everyone who has been justified has been regenerated, so that now he can have new affections and can develop a new character according to the Lord's character. Everyone who has been justified is in a process of sanctification, having been freed from the bondage of sin. God has not freed us from the chains of sin to continue sinning, but we have been freed to lead a holy life.


As the child is obliged to become a man, the Christian is obliged to be holy. -D. José Rivera


Written by Juan Daniel de la Vega,


Translated Maria Elena Cardona

 

Morning Romans 6:1-6

1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,

6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.


Noon Psalms 125

1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.

2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.

3 For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.

4 Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.

5 As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.



Evening Romans 6:15-23

15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Prayer Guide: Panamá-Tortí] and [México-S. Luis Potosí]

Annual Bible reading: The Book of Revelation 1, 2, 3

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