Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 1 Study # 8
September 5, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<249> 1769 Translation:
6 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.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 1901 ASV Translation:
6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin;
7 for he that hath died is justified from sin. Notes:
6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? This issue is of present living. It has to do with "remaining upon Sin" (the word indicates a persistence in a current behavior that is sometimes faced with an apparent futility). The "logic" is that "where Sin abounded, Grace superabounded, so why shouldn't we simply persist in that process?".
6:2a God forbid. The potency of this denial is reinforced by Romans 3:8.
6:2b How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? This thesis is that we "died" to Sin. The "logic" is that we cannot "live" in it.
6:3a Know ye not, There may be a problem: ignorance.
6:3b that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? We were baptized into Christ Jesus. We, therefore, were baptized into His death.
6:4a Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death; Therefore we were buried together with Him. The burial was through the baptism into the death.
6:4b that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. The purpose was to empower us to live a "new" life. The provision is the glory of the Father.
6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: The "logic" is that we have become [Perfect Indicative] "in the likeness of His death" so that we shall be "in the likeness" of His resurrection.
At Issue: The "glory of the Father" is at the heart of our provision for a resurrected-kind of "Life". There is no "physical" connection with Jesus as there is with Adam -- the "generation" is not of physical sperm and egg. There is no on-going physical genetic linkage in Christ as there is in Adam. The "connection", though not physical (of the flesh), is, nonetheless, real: it is of the Spirit. The "requirement" for function exists in the realm of "ignorance/knowing", not in the realm of "autopilot arising out of carnal impulses" (i.e. ignorant submission to what comes out of the genetic/physical reality). The knowledge is of the reality of the Spirit, not of the reality of the flesh. The point of Romans 6:1-14 is our removal from "under" the Law. All of the "death" truth is at the reckoning-of-God level: it has nothing to do with "physical" reality. In Adam there is a direct physical linkage; in Christ there is an immediate Spiritual linkage. In Adam there is condemnation because of violation of "Law"; in Christ there is total fulfillment of "Law" so that it is no longer a "consideration" in terms of "condemnation necessity" (i.e. "you must do this or perish"). The "perish" aspect of the equation is gone so that the "must" aspect is also gone. There is the issue of the human spirit and its "production" out of the human body. If the fall of Adam resulted in a "bondage" of his spirit to Satan, the only way the bondage can be broken is if those two spirits are separated. The problem is in the "body". It was the "body" of Adam that was affected by the fruit of the tree of which he ate. But, it was the "deception of the mind" that initially allowed Sin's inner presence in the body. Thus, it is also the enlightenment of the mind that allows God's Spirit to dominate the body of man. If the spirit of man is united to the Spirit of God, whence cometh sin?