The “Fever” of Sin
The picture on the opposite page shows a person suffering with a fever, an
elevated temperature in his body. People with a slight fever are often able
to continue their regular daily activities; however, a high fever can
interfere in one’s normal life. The fever, the result of a “battle” between
your body and an invading germ or virus, can become so intense that this
fever can disable you. A high fever may even cause you to become delusional.
SPIRITUAL “FEVER,” THE “HEAT” OF THE BATTLE
Bible scholars speak also of a spiritual “fever.” In his sermons and Bible
interpretations, Luther uses these interesting phrases—the “fever” of Sin
and the “heat” of the battle between the power of Sin and Christ—a spiritual
struggle that goes on within you and all Christians.
QUESTION: Why is the parallel between a physical and spiritual “fever” so
ANSWER: First, when God unites you to Christ in His miracle of Baptism, this
instantly sets in motion a spiritual battle within you, between your “old
nature” and your “new nature”—your Christian faith. Because you are a child
of Christ, the devil attacks your faith just as a virus attacks your body.
God foretold this in Genesis 3:15.
AN AMAZING PARALLEL!
QUESTION: Why is the parallel between the physical infection and the
spiritual infection, including the “fever,” so helpful to understand your
spiritual condition and the spiritual condition of many people around you?
ANSWER: As noted above, if one receives no medication to break a physical
fever, a highly elevated body temperature results. This fever can affect a
person’s mind and cause one to become delusional. In the same way, if you do
not regularly (daily and weekly) receive God’s miraculous Medicine of the
Word and Spirit—which God, your spiritual Physician, wants you to use to
break the spiritual “fever” within you—you are in trouble. This spiritual
infection of the power of Sin will begin to take control over you
spiritually. You will become spiritually delusional. This struggle, this
attempt by the power of Sin, to make you a “slave of Sin” and to overtake
your spiritual thinking, is spoken of clearly and directly in Romans 6:6–23.
Be sure to read carefully and frequently this key teaching of the Spirit.
BE AWARE OF AND DAILY USE GOD’S DIVINE
MEDICINE TO BREAK THE “FEVER” OF SIN THAT SATAN CAUSES WITHIN YOU!
Below are several ways your physical physician will prescribe for you to
receive medication to break your physical fever and to prevent you from
becoming physically disabled and mentally delusional.
Below, a second group of visuals show the various ways God, your divine
Physician, provides His divine fever-fighting Medicine, which will prevent
you from becoming spiritually delusional and a slave to Sin. God teaches
this in Romans 6:6–23.
YOU ARE NEVER IN CONTROL, ONLY GOD IS!
As a Christian, never proudly assume that you are “in control” of your own
spiritual thinking or condition (1 Peter 5:8). Without God’s weekly medical
treatment of His Word and Spirit to keep your spiritual “fever” broken, the
power of Sin will seek to overcome you with a high spiritual “fever” and
thereby make you spiritually delusional. Use God’s divine Medicine that He
is prescribing for you, Medicine that will break—and continue to daily
break—the power of Sin and the “fever” of Sin within you.
Dear Lord Jesus, remind me daily of Your Spirit’s teaching that I have
been born with the deadly and incurable power of Sin.(Psalm 51:5). Remind
me also that, through Your miracle of Baptism, You initially broke the
grip of the slavery of Sin in my life, and the “fever” of Sin, as You
explain in Romans 6:3–5. Lead me always to desire and to receive the
divine Medicine of Your living Word and Sacraments—Your prescription to
fight off the power of Sin, as You explain and promise in Romans 6:6–23.
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Carolus-Duran, Emile Auguste
(1838–1917). The Convalescent c.1860. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. SuperStock.