Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 28, 2014

“the working of God”: “our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus Chapter 15.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote the following verse.

“Thus you shall keep the sons of Israel separated from their uncleanness, so that they will not die in their uncleanness by their defiling My tabernacle that is among them.”  Leviticus 15:31.


Leviticus Chapter 15 goes into great detail in explaining some of the ways how the people became unclean and how they should  separate themselves from their uncleanness.

As with the prior chapters, this Scripture is difficult to read.  But, compared with the leprosy of the prior chapters, which people may think that they will never get leprosy and may neglect to consider how sin is like leprosy, and thus more easily dismiss consideration of that Scripture, today’s Scripture presses us even more to consider our uncleanness and our need for a Savior.  We can’t keep ourselves from getting unclean by ourselves.  We can’t separate ourselves from our uncleanness.

We don’t need to just work harder.  We need “the working of God”.

“and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;  having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.”  Colossians 2:11-12.

“For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”  Colossians 3:3.

“Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.  For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.  But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.”  Romans 7:4-6.

“I have been crucified with Christ;  and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.  I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”  Galatians 2:20-21.

“Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.  For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;  for he who has died is freed from sin.”  Romans 6:4-7.

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