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    In-Depth Study On Romans Chapters 6-8

    Is anyone interested in this study? If I can get five people interested in this study then I will begin the class. It is 35 lessons given over a period of time. Let me know if you are interested.

    William T Hannaford

    Who Am I?
    This begins a series of study lessons based on Roman's Chapters six through eight. There are a total of 35 lessons in all. These studies will teach you about who you are and your TRUE identity in Christ. Be sure to answer the questions at the end of each lesson.


    When Paul wrote his letter to the church at Rome, he knew who he was in Christ. Somehow that preciuos truth which he was trying to convey has escaped the church down through the years. It is repeated over and over in the scriptures.

    The fact is, the grace of God has been misunderstood. It has been watered down, reduced to nothing more than forgiveness of sins. In reality, the Divine intention of God's grace is much more. It carries God's love to the ultimate. The thing which makes man unique in the whole realm of creation isthat he is a spirit being. Housed in a body of flesh, he functions through the mind, will and emotions of his soul.

    There is a difference between the "I" of the inward man (the Spirit), and the "I" of the outward man (the soul or body). Paul makes a very clear distinction between the two.

    God is Spirit (John 4:24), and He is the Father of our spirits (Hebrews 12:9). That which is born of flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (John 3:6). It is in our spirits that we are the offspring of God.

    God is NOT soul, and God is NOT body. The Word is clear and emphatic that only spirit can know spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9-11). That is why we cannot really know God until the Holy Spirit joins Himself with our spirits.

    That is when we are born again. It is not the body which has been born anew, nor is it the soul. The new birth is the resurrection of a new spirit being, raised by the Holy Spirit, imparted with a Divine life, united with God. This newness of spirit becomes possible through our union with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It is the incredible expression of God's grace.

    It is to this subject that Paul addresses himself in his letter to the church at Rome. It is truly the good news of the Gospel.

    I pray that these lessons will affirm to you who you really are in Christ.


    When we are asked the question, "Who are you?", we usually reply with a simple answer, such as our name or some statement regarding our relationship to others. "I'm John Glenn, Sandi's husband," or "I'm a friend of Lou and Lil," or "I'm Angela's daddy," are all common statements meant to identify ourselves.

    If a policeman or some other authority asks us to identify ourselves, we might go into more detail. Sometimes our comfort and even our very lives may depend upon being able to properly identify who we really are.

    In the first two and a half chapters of the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul proves that no matter where we were born and raised, "all have sinned and come short of the glory of god." He tells us there is "none righteous, no, not one." As a result, we naturally develop a personal identity that is negative at best, and totally depraved at worst.

    The way a person views himself determines the way he behaves and is perceived by others. The Bible simply puts it, "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." In other words, our self-image or personal identity plays an important role in determining the way we feel and act.

    The underlying cause of all sin and personal dysfunction is a distorted self-image. If we think of ourselves as worthless, we will feel worthless. And if we feel worthless, we will act worthless. Finally, when we act worthless, we say to ourselves, "Aha, I am worthless!", and the cycle is repeated.

    However, when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we are born again with a whole new identity in Christ. These lessons will teach you your TRUE identity in Christ which should produce unspeakable joy in the Lord.

    The only hope we have in dealing with the sinful flesh we still live in as Christians, is to learn to keep on believing the Gospel. We know the just (Christians) shall keep on living by faith; and without faith it is impossible to please God; and whatsoever is not of faith is sin. BUT do we know what it is we are to keep on believing?

    There will be some who believe this Gospel is too good to be true, and who will reject their own identity in Christ. BUT others will experience the life changing power of discovering their TRUE identity in Christ.

    May God grant you the grace to be among the latter, to the praise of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

    Lesson One Today

    Romans Six

    Dead To Sin And Alive To God

    Paul begins chapter six, referring to the last four verses of chapter five.

    Rom 5:17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
    Rom 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
    Rom 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
    Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
    Rom 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

    In those above verses, he summarized the results of the disobedience of Adam, contrasted with the results of the obedience of Jesus. The highlight of those results was the release of God's grace to all mankind.

    In the first paragraph of chaptersix, Paul lays the foundation for all that follows. His concern is to answer the question raised in verse one.

    Paul was attacked as soon as he introduced the doctrine that we receive our justification through the grace of God because of nothing more than our faith in what Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross.

    Specifically, two groups of people were his attackers. One group contended if faith in Jesus automatically triggered God's grace, and if God's grace was all-forgiving, man could do anything he felt like doing. Regardless of how immoral it might be, he would be safe so long as he professed faith in Jesus. This is called the antinomian theology. It promotes confession, but overlooks immorality. It is an obvious abuse of the grace of God in order to rationalize unbridled behavior.

    The other group, the legalists, insisted that man had to choose between grace and law, since the two were as incompatible as oil and water. The legalists were so deeply entrenched in the law that they were unable to see any way in which grace could co-exist; therefore, the doctrine of grace could not be considered.

    Of course, both of these arguments are direct perversions of the doctrine of justification by grace through faith, which Paul is attempting to explain.

    Even in modern day Christianity, the magnitude of the grace of God is difficult to accept. Our nature prompts us to feel that we must do something to influence God to keep open the door to heaven. Consequently, we spend a great deal of time attempting to win spiritual brownie points. We feel we must earn our way by praying, or reading the Bible, or serving humanity. These are all good works which demonstrate our faith, but they have nothing to do with our initial salvation.

    Lesson 1

    The Symbolic Message Of Baptism

    Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
    Rom 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
    Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
    Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: 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.
    Rom 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:

    Paul begins this phase of the gospel message with a series of questions, obviously addressed to his attackers.

    First, he goes after the false assumption that the Law of Moses was added to put the spotlight on sin itself, the profusion of sin in the world (Romans 5:20,21), and that the increase of sin causes God's grace to be magnified.

    If this is actually true, one might logically reason that we should sin all the more. The argument being that this would allow God to receive more glory, because of the magnification of His grace. Thus, the question of verse one is, "...Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?"

    Paul answers his own question with, "God forbid!", which demonstrates his absolute abhorrence of the idea. He then offers another question which reveals the absurdity of such reasoning:"How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therin?"

    That was a radical question, and it probably got the immediate attention of everyone. Paul was opening the door to his main subject of this section, which is the believer's death to sin, and his subsequent life in Christ.

    In an effort to develop more fully the concept of the believer's death to sin, the Apostle draws our attention to the symbolic meaning of the ordinance of baptism.

    Paul assumes we recognize the importance and the meaning of our baptism to be a sign of our willingness to be identified with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Specifically, he assumes we understand that baptism is the outward, symbolic expression of what has happened in the believer's heart: a genuine spiritual union with Christ.

    At the moment of salvation we receive the Spirit of Christ; therefore, we are spiritually immersed into the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). The act of baptism represents that fact by a corresponding physical immersion.

    This also places us into relationship with a group of like-minded believers, a local body of Christ. Paul, as well as every other writer in the New Testament, assumes each believer will follow the Lord's directive concerning baptism, as given in (Matthew 28:19).

    To be baptized into Christ means to be immersed into or joined tightly (as if fused together) to all Christ is and all that Christ does.Paul elaborates on the believer's baptism into Christ by informing us we are joined spiritually (or, eternally) with Christ in His death, His burial and His resurrection.

    This means all believers, upon accepting Christ, are considered by God to have died with Christ on the cross, to have been buried with Christ in the tomb, and to have been raised with Christ as if born anew. From God's eternal vantage point, our old life ended and a new life began, simply because we accepted, in faith, God's grace. Water baptism, then, is our symbolic statement that this happened, and that it is our intention to walk out our new life in Christ.

    Because of this new position, this union with Christ, it is impossible for the believer in Jesus Christ to continue in the realm of sin. Instead, we are spiritually united with the One who, through His own death, has delivered us from sin. Although this is a spiritual fact, it must be worked out progressively on earth.

    Death is an integral part of resurrection. There can be no resurrection until there is first death. Our Lord placed no emphasis upon physical death, but He spoke often of our need for moral and spiritual death. Our death and resurrection is something God has accomplished eternally. Our responsibility is to work it out progressively while we are still in the flesh. Dying to self begins by bringing every thought into captivity to Christ. This is primary, because every sin begins with a thought (2 Corinthians 10:5).

    Our union with Christ is a fact which needs to be understood clearly, and continually accepted by each believer. In describing our position in Christ, Paul emphasized that we are spiritually joined to Christ in His death, His burial, and His resurrection. This enables us to "walk in newness of life" (Romans 1:3,4)

    Initially, we may have a tendency to strain ourselves as we attempt to bring our carnal minds and our unbridled flesh into line with Paul's words. Eventually, however, we learn that only Christ can make us Christlike, so we settle down and begin to spend all our energies focusing upon Him.

    It is important for us to understand that our new birth is not a conception of something which comes forth from us. It is a thing which enters into us. It is the birth of the life of the Son of God which enters and causes a transfiguration to take place. The death of the "old" and the resurrection of the "new."

    It is a vital transaction which created within us an eternal relationship. We no longer just know about God, intellectually. We now know God, personally. Amen!

    Ponder these questions:

    1. How would I describe my death to sin?
    2. How does the ordinance of baptism relate to my death to sin?
    3. What do I mean when I say I am spiritually immersed into Christ?
    4. How would I explain that I have died with Christ and have been buried with Him in death?
    5. In what way have I been resurrected with Christ?
    6. In what way have I stepped into an eternal existence?

    lesson two tomorrow
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    Hello Cross-Faith.

    Always ready for a study on Romans, what a remarkable
    letter. Count me in!
    Deal with it.

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    How should I proceed? Should I put each lesson in a new thread or just do an edit in the original thread with gaps between lessons? I'm new to this Forum format so I need a little leading from you (the only interested participant so far).
    Last edited by Cross-Faith; 11-18-12 at 09:42 AM.

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    Originally Posted by Cross-Faith View Post

    How should I proceed? Should I put each lesson in a new thread or just do an edit in the original thread with gaps between lessons? I'm new to this Forum format so I need a little leading from you (the only interested participant so far).
    As you well know Cross-Faith, Paul's letter to the Romans
    is a vast panorama of Christian doctrine. Romans is the
    foundation of many theologies, many different points of view
    are birthed within this letter. Controversy and Romans
    are inseparable partners and rightly so, since Romans deals
    with a number of deep conflicts (heresies) directly.

    Perhaps Cross-faith it might be better to stay within this
    thread as creating separate threads for each chapter would
    make the lessons very difficult to follow. Since Talk Jesus is
    a forum, brevity is the key. Simplicity and brevity in presentation
    will reach more readers.

    It is your decision Cross-Faith how you deliver the lesson.
    Deal with it.

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    Lesson Two

    Lesson 2

    Our New Life Is Christ's Life

    On the night before He was crucified, Jesus met with His disciples in the upper room. Among other things, He taught them how to continue to live His life after His departure.

    He first gave them a marvelous object lesson on humility and service. He laid aside His outer garments and washed their feet, as if He were a slave (John 13:13-15). He made it clear that His disciples should have His attitude of purpose. "Not to be ministered unto, but to minister" (Matthew 20:27,8).

    Next, He gave them a single "new commandment" to live by. He told them to love others as He loved them (John 13:34,35). He had concerned Himself about their welfare, He had comforted and counselled them, He had prayed with them and for them, and He had even declared publicly that they were as dear to Him as His own family. Now He commanded His disciples to treat others the same as He had treated them.

    He promised them that they would do greater things than He had done (John 14:12), and warned them that they could expect to suffer as He had suffered. Though Jesus was about to depart at the time of this promise, His work would not end. He told His disciples they should pursue His work as vigorously, and as successfully as ever, and that work continues to this day.

    Also, every committed disciple suffers in some way because of his commitment, even today. He can expect to be rejected by many, and mistreated by some.

    There is an essential difference between a believer and the world. This difference incites the contempt of the world, and ignites the flame of hatred in the spirit that is in the world.

    Finally, He assured them they would receive another Comforter, who would be to them as He had been. It was His promise to send the Holy Spirit to guide, to empower, and to teach them to walk in this newness of life (John 16:12-25).

    Without the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit, the disciple's life would be filled with frustration. Because of the presence of the Holy Spirit, the disciple is treated to the steadfast love and faithfulness of God in a new way every morning (Lamentations 3:23).

    The Apostle Paul frequently revealed the mystery of:

    To the Colossians, he revealed the mystery of:
    "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27)

    To the Galatians, he testified:
    "I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me." (Galatians 2:20)

    To the Philippians, he summarized it all by saying:
    "For me to live is Christ" (Philippians 1:21)

    To the Romans, he explained:
    "For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection". (Romans 6:5)

    1. How would I describe humility?
    2. If I have not been ordained, how can I become a minister?
    3. How could I possibly learn to love others as Jesus loved them?
    4. What kind of suffering can I expect to experience as a disciple of Christ?
    5. How do I feel about the presence of the Holy Spirit?
    6. In what way do I need the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit?

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    Lesson Three

    Lesson 3

    Our New Life Is Lived By Grace Through Faith

    The manner in which we are privileged to walk in newness of life is best described as, "by grace, through faith." This is not new to us, because it is in this manner that we first experienced the new life in Christ. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8,9).

    Seeking to encourage the Colossians in their new life in Christ, Paul tells them, "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him." (Colossians 2:6) Walking in the "newness of life" is the equivalent to walking in the Lord. We receive Jesus Christ only on the basis of:

    1. God's grace (His undeserved favor and kindness)
    2. Our faith

    It is therefore reasonable to expect that we continue in the Lord on the same basis:

    1. God's grace (His undeserved favor and kindness)
    2. Our faith

    Initially, the emphasis of our faith was upon salvation from the guilt and penalty of sin in the past. Now the emphasis of our faith is upon salvation from the habit and dominion of sin in our everyday lives.

    Even though the emphasis of our faith changes, the object of our faith remains the Person and the work of Jesus Christ. Paul described the manner in which he walked in newness of life, when he wrote: "I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith on the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20)

    The point here is that the new life Paul was living in his body was lived only by trusting Jesus Christ. This is a total departure from the lifestyle the lifestyle which we are accustomed. It is not an easy thing to put our total trust in another person, even if that person is God.

    "By grace, through faith," is the only way this new life of ours can be lived. If we attempt to rely upon our own energies and natural abilities to love, serve, suffer, and work as Christ did, we are doomed to failure. Paul called such carnal efforts to make oneself-righteous "foolishness." He asked the Galatian legalists, "Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?" (Galatians 3:3)

    Just as the average Christian today, the Galatians began to feel some kind of lawful behavior to be acceptable to God. They understood the sacrifice of Christ, but they could not comprehend the grace of God, as He sealed their union with Christ in that sacrifice.

    God's grace is not some lavish thing that we can just sit back and take advantage of. We are incorrect if we feel that He doesn't require anything at all of us. It is only after we have been saved by His grace that He begins to require something of us. We are the ones who are responsible for putting God's grace into practice. God will do our walking for us. He created us to do that. But we can only do it as we draw from the reservoir of His grace.

    It is absolutely impossible to "walk in newness of life," by our own natural efforts. We must continually rely upon Christ to live through us by His Holy Spirit. This simply takes concentration and practice. It is not beyond the reach of any Christian. "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." (Galatians 5:15)

    Answer these questions:

    1. How would I describe walking in newness of life?
    2. How do I exercise my faith in order to walk in God's grace?
    3. How do I become free from the habit and dominion of sin in my life?
    4. How can I demonstrate trust in Jesus Christ on a daily basis?
    5. How would I explain my union with Christ?
    6. In what way does the Holy Spirit keep me from fulfilling the lust of the flesh?

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    Lesson 4

    The Results Of Our New Life

    Walking in the newness of life produces radical personality changes, as we find ourselves being progreesively conformed by the Holy Spirit to the image of Christ. Our understanding of what life is all about undergoes some subtle changes. For one thing, we become conscious of spiritual realities we have never seen before (1 Corinthians 2:9-16)

    Even our thoughts begin to change, as the Holy Spirit rearranges and renews our minds (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:17, 18, 23). We do not deliberately change our thoughts ourselves. Our part is to focus on Christ and He makes the changes.

    Like a gentle wind, the Holy Spirit blows our carnal thoughts away, then brings behind them precious thoughts from the Word of God. These new thoughts are a gift from God for everyone who is learning to hear from Him.

    Changes in our thinking naturallyproduce changes in our feelings. We begin to experience true love, joy and peace for the first time in our lives. Because we still have some of our old nature, we may even feel guilty about feeling so good. But this will pass as the Holy Spirit continues His work.

    At this point we are a lot like the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-24). The prodigal's knowledge of his father after his "new birth" was something he had never experienced before. He really did not know his father until grace came in.

    After emerging from a desolate relationship with the man whom he had simply called father, he moved into a first-hand, intimate bonding, because the spirit of sonship was born within him. As with the prodigal, this is available to us only through our Father's grace, by way of the new birth.

    Ultimately, our behavior undergoes a radical change. As we start to perceive and think and feel differently, we begin to behave differently, because our behavior reflects what is going on inside us. We are surprised o discover that we can truly love, forgive, edify and comfort others.

    In addition, how we spend our time and our energies, and even our money, begins to reflect the character of our Savior.

    Finally, the way in which we cope with the everyday trials of this world becomes a spontaneous witness to others. We actuall begin to reflect Christ. He and He alone becomes our resource for living and serving. We surrender our power to His power, our nature to His nature, our goals to His goal.

    Walking in the newness of life is the most exciting and satisfying life possible. But, because it is a supernatural lifestyle, it requires continual faith in the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit.

    What it boils down to is this: To the extent that we are willing to trust the leadership and power of the Holy Spirit, rather than our own natural resources and abilities, we will walk in newness of life.

    Answer these questions:

    1. In what way has my personality changed as I have allowed myself to be led by the Holy Spirit?
    2. In what way have I noticed a change in my thought patterns?
    3. In what way is my experience with God simular to the prodigal son's experience with his father?
    4. How is my behavior changing?
    5. To what degree have I made Christ my only Source for living and serving?

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    Lesson 5

    The Crucifixion Of The Old Man

    (v6) 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. (v7) For he that is dead is freed from sin. (v8) Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him: (v9) Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him. (v10) For in that He died, He died unto sin once; but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God.

    In this section, Paul explains that understanding our position in Christ, through God's eyes, is the necessary basis for our "walking in newness of life." The introductory words, "knowing this," emphasize the point that our postion, as God sees us, should be common knowledge among believers.

    Thus, Paul emphasizes the importance of our knowing and accepting this truth concerning our eternal position. It is the failure to know and to understand how God visualizes us in His eyes, that ultimately leads us to defeat in our Christian walk. For this reason, Paul emphasizes the importance of knowing this positional truth.

    In (Colossians 1:9), Paul prayed that all believers might be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spirtual wisdom and understanding. In this sense, he was praying that we might grasp the fuller meaning of God's intention, and that we might have the ability to apply that knowledge to the benefit of all.

    It is a matter of intuitive recognition, or perception of the hidden nature of things, different from the outward impression made upon the senses, which calls for thought and reasoning.

    Spiritual understanding is something more. It is the faculty of a renewed spirit, the exclusive work of the Holy Spirit.

    The central fact of our position before God is described as the crucifixion of the "old man." This means the unregenerate and sinful person we were, as the natural descendant of Adam, has been declared eternally dead, as far as God is concerned.From God's perspective, not only has our "old man" been crucified and buried with Christ, in addition, our resurrection with Christ has produced within us a "new man."

    It is absolutely necessary that we grasp the reality of what Paul is talking about before we go any futher. When we were in the womb, God breathed life into us. Our life is in our spirit; therefore, our spirit-person came into being in the womb.

    Because we were not supernaturally conceived, as Jesus was, we inherited the genetic nature of Adam, the sinful nature, which Paul identifies as the "old man."

    But, as beievers, something very special has happened. At the moment we accepted Jesus Christ into our heart and determined to make Him Lord of our lives, a transplantation took place under the directive of God, the Father. Our original spirit-person, our "old man" became linked with Christ on the cross. It was crucified, along with Christ, and was buried with Him (remember, this was an eternal transaction, not limited by the time span of 2,000 years).

    Then, a glorious thing occured! God gave us a new spirit-person. We became a new creature with a new nature; a spiritual mam with a spiritual mind, linked inseparably with Jesus! We now have the Spirit of Christ resident within our spirit. The Spirit of Christ is incapable of sin; therefore, our spirit-person is incapable of sin!

    In the meantime, we did not die physically. Our "new man," with its "new nature," was placed within the confines of our old bodies, our earthen vessels, which have been accustomed to the habits and characteristics of the "old man."

    Because of this, our old patterns of behavior have a tendency to persist. At the present time, the brain waves and habit patterns established under the influence of the "old man" distort our communion with God. Our responsibility, then, is to strengthen our unification with Christ, so He may increase in order for our carnal habits to decrease.

    The practical value of the crucifixion of the "old man" is given in the remaining verses of this section. In the heavenlies, our "old man" Adam, has been pronounced legally dead. Because this is an eternal mandate, a truth spoken into existence by God through His Word, our "old man" no longer controls or coditions our body. Thus, the influence of our sinful body (body controlled by sin) has been eternally destroyed through the destruction of the "old man" who, up to this point, had been governing the body.

    The ultimate purpose of the crucifixion of the "old man," along with its sinful influence on the body, is that we are to be no longer enslaved by sin. Due to the fact that our "old man" has been crucified and, with it, its corrupting influence on our bodies, we no longer have to serve sin.

    Verse 7 verifies this point by declaring that the dead can no longer sin; therefore, all who are dead in Christ are "justified" from sin. This means that God has declared us to be righteous because the death penalty for sin was paid when we entered into our union with Christ, and His death on the cross.

    It is extremely important for the believer to persist in these facts constantly. Although the crucifixion of the "old man" and the resurrection of the "new man" took place when we were first saved by faith, we did not immediately experience a Divine sensation within. Thus, our problem is that we still tend to think of ourselves as the "old man" in Adam rather than the "new man" in Christ. As will be developed in a later section, this misunderstanding leads us to inappropriate feelings and behavior.

    In verses 8 through 10, the positive results of the crucifixion of the "old man" are described. Our willingness to die with Christ (crucifixion of the "old man") guarantees our living with Christ (resurrected with Jesus).

    Because of our spiritual union with Christ, we are joined to Him; therefore, we not only die with Him, but we also live with Him. We know that it was necessary for Christ to die only once to sin, and that His resurrection cannot be reversed. Likewise, in the eyes of God, the believer, through his union with Christ, dies only once to sin and he can never again be under its penalty.

    Answer these questions

    1. If I were asked to explain how God visualizes me in His eyes, what would be my answer?
    2. I have not been physically crucified, yet God says my "old man" has been crucified with Christ. What does that mean?
    3. How would I describe the "transplantation" which has taken place within me?
    4. How can I get my old, carnal habit patterns to diminish?
    5. In what way have the dominant influences in my life changed?
    6. In what way have I paid the death penalty for my sin?

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    Hello Crooss-Faith excellent study. I have couple of questions. Is it ok to ask? Dont have to answer if you dont want.
    Question 1) Rom 5:20 That you put up. "The law entered that grace may abound...". Which law is Paul talking about? Ten Commandments or Moses Law.
    Question 2) same verse "ENTERED" Was the Moral Law or Ten Commandments made AFTER sin? Read Gen 2:1-3
    Question 3) same verse "but where sin abounds, grace abounds much more". Do you honestly believe there was no grace in the OT?
    Question 4) Rom. 6:1,2 "Shall we continue in sin that grace shall abound. GOD FORBID. How shall WE, who are dead to SIN, live any longer therein. What does the Bible call sin? 1 John 3:4, yes also faith, it is faith in Christ not us that has us avoiding sin or breaaking Gods Moral Law.

    Question 5) Try filling in the word sin with the meaning, 1John 3:4 "breaking the Ten Commandments or Gods Moral Law" and see how the text will jump out a little more. Question Paul said God forbid. How shall WE, who are DEAD to sin. After filling those words are WE WILLFULLY breking Gods Commandments? And if WE are does that make US dead to sin? And are we to live any longer therein or in sin(continual breaking of Gods Commandments?

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    Hello bgsda.

    You asked;

    Question 1) Rom 5:20 That you put up. "The law entered that grace may abound...".
    Which law is Paul talking about? Ten Commandments or Moses Law.

    It is evident that you have not read Romans 5!

    Romans 5:20
    20 The law was brought in so that the trespass (sin) might increase.
    But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,

    Which law? You asked bgsda.

    If you read chapter 5 of Romans carefully bgsda you will
    notice that the issue is not which law. Since sin and death
    had already been introduced by Adam.

    Please read these verses carefully;

    14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses,
    even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam,
    who is a pattern of the one to come.

    15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass
    of the one man
    , how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came
    by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!

    16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin:
    The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift
    followed many trespasses and brought justification.
    Deal with it.

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