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Christ Is Our Life (2 of 18)
August 3, 2003
Introduction: Paul reminds believers of their baptism of death with Christ and their co-resurrection. Since this is true it is when a person enters into this experientially, realizing that the death of Christ, in which faith has given him part, has severed the link that bound him to the world and all its purposes and has freed him from all necessity to be subject to sin in the flesh, that he will be free to glorify God as he walks in newness of life.
In our identification with Jesus Christ, His death, burial, and resurrection, we have the resources necessary for living the Christian life.
John MacArthur said, “Unfortunately, many Christians fail to understand and pursue the fullness of Christ. Consequently, because of not knowing what Scripture says, or not applying it properly, they are intimidated into thinking they need something more than Him alone to live the Christian life. They fall prey to false philosophy, legalism, mysticism, or asceticism.”
This passage teaches us how to live the Christ-life as opposed to the life of carnality; the supernatural as opposed to the sensual.
The Death Principle: “For you died” - the verb looks back to the cross when the child of God died positionally in Christ. In the actual life, this occurred at the moment of salvation.
This reality has separated the believer forever from any obligation to a worldly legalism.
As a wife is loosed from marital law through the death of her husband, so a believer becomes dead to the law by the body of Christ.
Romans 7:4-6, “Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another-- to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. But now we have been delivered from the law, ...
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