Romans 6:6-7 continued ( posted 10-15-13 )

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

For he that is dead is freed from sin.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

As I said in my last study, I want to continue discussing these verses.

 

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

For he that is dead is freed from sin.

 

The Greek word “ anthropos “ translated “ man “ means a human being. In other words, it is an existing creation – that is, a person.

 

The Greek word “ soma “ translated “ body “ is used in a variety of ways both literally and figuratively.

 

There is not only a death after we come to believe in Jesus – our old person being crucified with Jesus... there was also a death when we were physically born.

We were dead in sin.

This death was the result of Adam and Eve's disobedience.

Paul talked about this other death that came to all humanity;

 

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Ephesians 2:1

 

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)   Ephesians 2:5

 

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;    Colossians 2:13

 

But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. “   1 Timothy 5:6

 

This is interesting.

When we were physically born we were dead...because of sin. We ( our old person ) were eternally separated from God.

When we come to believe in Jesus we are brought to life in Jesus.

Now, upon our faith in Jesus, we are brought to death again but in a different way.

Our old person that was dead in sin at physical birth and then brought to life upon faith in Jesus is now crucified with Christ...according to the verses of our study.

If our old person remained dead it would not be necessary to crucify it.

Now, whether our “ new creation “ took place at the moment our old person was brought to life or after the crucifixion of our old person is not certain but nevertheless we became a new creation, after placing our faith in Jesus.

Paul said;

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  “    2 Corinthians 5:17

 

There are evangelicals that reject the concept of both the old person and the new person existing simultaneously after the old person was crucified.

However, Paul seems to reference his present condition to wrestling with the nature of the old person...even though it was crucified with Christ.

  For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.   Romans 7:14-25

 

The Greek word “ eimi “ translated “ am “ in verse 14 is clearly in the present tense.

Paul was not referring to a past life in any of these verses.

 

If you remember in my earlier study we learned that God calls things that are not as though they are.

Paul said;

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. “   Romans 4:17

 

I will continue with this discussion in the next study.

 

 

Wayne Brown