Romans 6:6-7 continued ( posted 10-29-13 )
“ 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.“
As I mentioned in my last study, Paul said that God calls things that are not as though they are.
“ (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
To get the point in all this we must continue to read the next verse;
“ Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. “ Romans 4:18
While Paul said that God made Abraham a father of many nations;
“ I have made thee a father of many nations,...“
and even though Abraham was not literally a father as of yet, God declared it to be as though it is...even though it is still not as of yet.
“...and calleth those things which be not as though they were. “
The writer of Hebrews confirms this by saying;
“ Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. “ Hebrews 11:1-4
The key to understanding faith is to understand that according to Paul and the writer of Hebrews, faith is the evidence of what is yet to come as being in the presently in the here and now.
“...the evidence of things not seen. “
This amazes me but interestingly enough even as far back as Adam and Eve's son Abel, even Abel knew about the perfection and righteousness that was to come from Jesus.
“ By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. “
Moses said that even though Abel was spiritually dead as we are;
“ and by it he being dead yet speaketh. “
because of his faith, he was already made righteous...even that far back in history, thousands of years before Jesus came to earth and died. Abel even knew this before Abraham did.
The description of faith written by the writer of Hebrews;
“ Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. “
goes along with what Jesus Himself said;
“ Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receivethem,and ye shall havethem.“ Mark 11:24
However, we must still acknowledge the part of Paul's statement;
“ and calleth those things which be not as though they were. “
It still remains that there is a moment that things are not...even though God looks at it as though it is;
“ and calleth those things which be not...”
“ as though they were. “
The literal aspect of what is believed and hoped for only exists as long as we continue to believe for it.
This is why Paul also said about Abraham even after God called him a father of many nations, even though it had not happened yet tangibly;
“ And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb:
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. “ Romans 4:19-21
Case in point.
We are only dead to sin, crucified with Christ, freed from sin, declared perfect and righteous in Christ, forgiven, cleansed from sin, justified, sanctified, joint heirs with Christ, and friends to Jesus as long as we are continuously abiding in “ the faith “, keeping our faith in “ the faith “, walking in the light as Jesus is in the light and maintaining a repentant heart and confess our present sins to the Lord;
“ But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. “ 1 John 1:7-10
While we as born again christians do sin - having an unforgiving heart, hating someone, gossiping about people behind their back, lusting for things, cheating on our taxes, being critical of others, being arrogant and proud, lying, etc... it is God's grace and trusting in Him to forgive us upon acknowledgment and repentance of our sin that God will but if we think we can live in sin as a lifestyle without acknowledgment and repentance of our ongoing sins and still think we can receive God's grace and mercy, then we are as bad off as someone going to Vegas hoping to win the jackpot.
I will continue with verse 8 in the next study.
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