Romans 6:8-10 ( posted 11-5-13 )
“ Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. “
“ Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: “
God has planned that just as we are to die with Jesus upon our faith in Jesus, likewise because of our faith in Jesus we will live with Jesus forever.
Jesus clearly said;
“ I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?“ John 11:25-26
The Greek words “ zon “ translated “ liveth “ and “ pisteuon “ translated “ believeth “ in Jesus' statement are both in the present tense and means living and believing presently, ongoingly.
Reference to our life and faith and its result, in the Holy Bible is always based upon our continuance in “ the faith “...never a past experience.
Jesus never meant we would not die physically but rather our spirit will not die as long as we continue believing in Him.
Even though we die physically, those of us who believe in Jesus will be with Jesus after physical death.
Always remember...when we were physically born, we were spiritually dead because of Adam and Eve's disobedience.
After we came to believe in Jesus were were reborn spiritually into God's family by the Holy Spirit of God.
We were made a new creation in Jesus.
Our old nature was put to death and we died with Christ.
Even though the old nature still exists what was actually put to death was its dominion over us. Since the old nature is sinful, this is why Paul said sin no longer has dominion over us. The old sinful nature no longer has control over us.
We are now freed from sin's rule.
We can overcome sin now.
Before, we did not have the power to overcome.
We can now overcome – that is, unless we choose to wrestle with the old nature because we still love certain sins...which unfortunately, is the case with many of us.
The next death will be only physical but if we still believe in Jesus when we physically die we will live and reign with Christ.
“ Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. “
Even though Jesus is God in the flesh, because of Jesus' humanity His physical human body was actually subject to death...just as we are.
However, He willfully subjected His human body to the dominion death has over all human beings.
Until the “ rapture “ - what we as followers of Jesus refer to as the event of 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17;
“ For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. “
death reigns over our human bodies.
When the “ rapture “ takes place, this dominion death has over us will be brought to an end...at least for those of us who follow Jesus.
“ So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? “ 1 Corinthians 15:54-55
One difference between Jesus' death and ours is that He subjected Himself to the dominion of death, and the consequences of sin unto death...not because of His own sins because He was sinless, never committed sin, and knew no sin.
However, He willfully subjected Himself to the result of sin.
Even though Jesus did not commit sin He was made to be sin for us.
“ For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. “ 2 Corinthians 5:21
After Jesus' resurrection death no longer has dominion over Him.
“ For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. “
The writer of Hebrews said;
“ And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. “ Hebrews 9:27-28
“ The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:
But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him. “ Luke 20:34-38
In regard to followers of Jesus who apostatizes – that is, departs from “ the faith “, Jesus only died once and will never die for anyone again.
The writer of Hebrews warned;
“ For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. “ Hebrews 10:26-31
And yes my friend, this refers to those of us who were once saved, born again and who once believed in Jesus unto salvation!
The writer of Hebrews under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit said quite clearly;
“ wherewith he was sanctified, “
“ was “
This can and unfortunately will happen to born again christian followers of Jesus.
I will continue with verse 11 in the next study.
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