OUR TOGETHERNESS WITH CHRIST
Jesse M. Hendley
We are taking up today Romans; chapter 6, verse 4.
Remember, Chapters 1, through 5 deals with
JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH, the believer declared
righteous by his faith in Jesus, absolved from all
sin. In chapters 6, 7 and 8, we have SANCTIFICATION BY
FAITH, and we learn how the believer is to have
victory over sin. This is the truth about
SANCTIFICATION, the Bible teaching on Sanctification.
Now in chapter 6, verse 4, we read: "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
Now here we have OUR TOGETHERNESS WITH CHRIST.
We read, "We were buried with Him." That word for
"with" is sun (pronounced "soon".) And here we have
also the word "burial." Sun etaphemen. It means, "We
were buried together." Not "we ARE" but "we WERE." So,
"We WERE buried, WITH HIM.'
Now if you will turn with me to Ephesians 2:4 through
7, we read of our being UNITED to Him. Verse 5: "We
were made alive together." That is sun edzoopoiesen.
There is a triple compound. Sun, "together." Zoa,
"life." Poieo, "to make." So we were made alive
together," WITH CHRIST.
And then next, in that very passage, we read, "And we
were raised up together." That is sun egariren. Sun,
that is our good word "with," and egairo, "to raise
up." Sun egarien, "We were raised together with Him."
Then, "We sat down together with Him in the heavenly
places." Sun ekathisen. Sun, "with." Kathidso, "to
sit." Sun ekathisen, "We sat down together with Him."
Now there in three Greek compounds in Ephesians 2:5
and 6, we have the glorious truth of OUR TOGETHERNESS
WITH CHRIST, our INSEPARABLENESS from the Lord Jesus
Christ. We are INSEPARABLE. That's WONDERFUL! Just
like the head and the body. Just like the bride and
the groom. Just like the vine and the branches. WE ARE ...
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