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Christ Is Our Life (3 of 18)
August 10, 2003
Introduction: Because we have died with Christ, we have the spiritual power to slay the earthly, fleshly desires that want to control us. Our earthly practice should follow our heavenly position. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we walk in “newness of life,” by putting off the old deeds and desires of the former life. In this text, the negative warnings and commands grow out of the positive truths of Christian doctrine.
If Christians were not to succumb to such a system as the false teachers proposed, what were they to do? Might they live in disregard of personal purity? Might they do their own thing without regard to others? Did it mean anything to follow Christ?
The Power of the Past Event - in the light of our death: “Therefore” - refers to the truth of 3:1-4; because of the possession of a hidden life and in its power, they were to put sin to death. Here is no mere assertion of duty, but an implied assurance of power, the power of the new life.
In light of our determination: “put to death your members which are upon the earth”- an imperative; put to death; to treat as dead.
Note: You are told to do something; represents your responsibility. We should not be surprised to read that living the “risen life” involves putting sin to death.
Question: Didn’t Paul just say that had already been done? At the moment of salvation.
Romans 6:6, “knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.”
That was positional reality, however, must be worked out in the believer’s practical living. There can be no living of the victorious Christian life where sin runs unchecked.
When we die to the penalty of sin, sin’s power still can be strong and our flesh weak. That is why we must continually put sin to death by yielding to the power of the Holy Spirit.
“put to death” - mortif ...
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