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

<248> Thesis: The "second root" of godly life is the knowledge of the crucifixion of the old man. Introduction: As we have noted in almost all of our studies in Romans six, the issue is how we are to live a godly life. Paul's emphatic denial of the legitimacy of a careless attitude toward whether we ought to live a godly life or not in verse two makes the issue crucial. When we couple that to Paul's emphatic declaration that those who promote a careless attitude are under condemnation in Romans 3:8, we get the point that interest in the methodology of a godly life is not an option for the true child of God. Then, when we see Jude's open hostility to those who "turn the grace of God into an excuse for sin" (Jude 4) and we note that he says of them that they are "ordained to condemnation", we are even more impressed with the fact that interest in a godly life is of paramount importance. So, our pursuit of Paul's instruction in Romans six is not only legitimate, but absolutely necessary. In this pursuit, we have already seen that the key to a godly life is clear understanding. He initiates his instruction with a question as to whether his readers are "ignorant" of a most fundamental truth (6:3). Then, in the verse before us this evening (6:6) he claims that we participate in resurrection life by "knowing" a certain body of truth; and, in 6:9 he again inserts the issue of "knowing" a certain set of facts. So, life is by the knowledge of God's revealed truth as that truth sustains a healthy relationship to the Holy Spirit Who dwells within our bodies. Therefore, this evening we are going to press for a better understanding of the "second" root of godly living -- knowing that our "old man" was crucified with Christ.