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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 WITHIN YOU!

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 helpful?
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.


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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.


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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. Amen.

For further study, turn to the Bible Study on page 38, questions 67–­74.

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Carolus-Duran, Emile Auguste (1838–1917). The Convalescent c.1860. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. SuperStock.