What Does Romans 14:9 Mean?

For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

Romans 14:9(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

As believers we are called to do everything as unto the Lord. In word and deed, action and attitude, mind and motive - we are to live our lives as unto the Lord. All that we say and all that we do is open before Him and subject to His eye of scrutiny. All that we are in thought, word and deed is susceptible to His divine approval or His righteous displeasure.

Whether we live or whether we die we are to do everything as unto the Lord - indeed the whole purpose of Christ death and resurrection was so that He could fulfill His role as Lord, (both Lord of the dead and Lord of the living) - in the lives of all who trust in His holy name.

One of the main reasons that Christ died a cruel death on Calvary's cross and rose again on the third day was so that He could give life to all who believe on His name - so that He could become the Lord of our 'new-life-in-Christ', that promises eternal life and life more abundantly.

Our union with Christ is perhaps one of the most astonishing privileges of the Christian. We are one with Him; in union with Him; part of His Bride and members of His very Body - being built up together with other believers to become a holy, dwelling-place - in which God lives by His Spirit.

Christ was made sin for us - so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Throughout our lives we should be His willing servants and devoted disciples. We should seek to do everything as unto the Lord - for it was to this end that Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

Whatever we do in word and deed, action and attitude, mind and motive - may we do all unto the Lord. Whether we live or whether we die let us do ALL to His praise and glory - for ever and ever.

My Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to earth to live a perfect life and to die a cruel death, so that I might be saved by grace through faith in You. I pray that whether I live or whether I die I may do everything as unto You - to Your praise and glory - AMEN.

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