“For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me” (Romans 15:3).TEXT — Romans 15:1-13
The first man and woman fell into the sin of disobedience and lost their dominion. This careless exercise of their freewill plunged them and the entire human race into a state of sinfulness, depravity, guilt and shame. In essence, choosing to rebel against God, mankind willingly surrendered the crown of dominion over the earth to Satan whose aim is to steal, kill and destroy. Consequently, sickness, defeat, oppression and affliction became the portion of the human race.
Apostle Paul writes on the need for the strong to bear the infirmities of the weak. He instructs that we please not ourselves but to love our neighbours for their edification as Christ pleased not Himself but took on man’s reproach and died to restore his dominion. Jesus came to confirm the promise that the seed of the woman, the root of Jesse, will bruise the head of the devil. This redemptive work of Christ is for both Jews and Gentiles, as prophesied by Isaiah.
By Christ’s sacrificial death, He has conquered the powers of darkness, perfected the work of salvation and reclaimed man’s stolen glory. He was reproached and died the death of a common sinner while He was sinless. At the completion of the great task, Jesus said, “It is finished” – signifying that the work of redemption was completed and mankind totally liberated from the captivity of Satan.
You have no reason to remain in bondage after Christ’s redemptive work. Satan’s head has been bruised on the cross for your sake; principalities and powers have been disgraced, sicknesses and diseases have been taken away by His stripes, and the curse of the law is broken. Nothing is holding you bound except your doubts and unbelief. Shake them off now and pray until your dominion is fully restored.
Thought for the day
Your dominion is restored in Christ; claim it.
- in one year
- EZEKIEL 32 – 35