THE GLORIOUS UNION OF THE BELIEVER WITH CHRIST
Jesse M. Hendley
If you have your Bibles, turn with me now to Romans
chapter 6, and we are studying today THE GLORIOUS
UNION OF THE BELIEVER WITH CHRIST.
Now in Romans, chapter 1 through 5; we have the
wonderful teaching of Justification By Faith. In
Romans 6 through 8 we have the truth about
Sanctification, and it, too, is by faith, as we are
going to see.
Now here is one of the greatest truths of the Bible:
the glorious UNION of the believer with Christ. Paul
has said, in Romans 5:20, that where sin abounded
GRACE did much MORE abound. Now that might give the
idea that if it is true that grace abounds where sin
abounds, then the more you sin the more grace you will
receive. That would be what some people would say; but
they are leaving out the truth of the NEW LIFE IN
CHRIST, that HATES SIN.
So Paul raises the question in chapter 6, verse 1:
"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that
grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we that are
dead to sin live any longer therein? Know ye not that
as many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were
baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with
Him, by baptism, into death, that like as Christ
raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,
even we also SHOULD WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE." So you
see, instead of continuing in sin, we should walk in a
NEW' LIFE. "Newness of life" means the NEW LIFE which
is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Now let's paraphrase for a little bit the thought of
the chapter. The idea in verse 1, More sin, more
grace: then should we go on sinning after we are
saved, that we may get more and more grace?
Paul says, Never! Paul says a baptized believer cannot
live in a state of sin because he is "dead" to it. Sin
has no power over a dead man. Paul says that sin is a
contradiction to the state we entered into when we
Paul says ...
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