Love Incarnate (Romans 6:1-11)Erik DiVietro, 22 December, 2013
Part of the Advent 2013 series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Advent 2013, part 4.
ADD Pop Culture Check: Erik references Lady Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17, a character first encountered by the Ninth Doctor. "Her life had been extended through a series of 708 plastic surgery operations, until she was nothing but a piece of skin stretched onto a frame, with eyes and a mouth, connected to a brain in a designer jar filled with a preserving solution below."
ADD Fact Check: Erik mentions the death of his former sensei due to ALS, which he identifies as "American Legionnaire's Disease." He is unsure whether the death was due to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, or Legionnaire's Disease, as both terms were described to him when he learned of the sensei's death. Given the nature of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, that would seem to be the more likely explanation.
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1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)