The consequences for our spirit – Our Spirit is Sinless ROMANS 6 – Part 3
In the meantime your spirit has been freed from sin. It is literally sinless while our body continues to be enslaved to sin. And this in-between state of existence requires we adopt a new attitude and perspective.
Romans 6:8-11 (NKJV)
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon (consider) yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Now Paul is drawing an analogy between what was true for Christ and what is true for us. To get it in your heads right you have to understand what he is saying about Jesus first. Paul says, “We” have died with Christ. We know our spirit has died with Christ but our body has yet to die. Therefore, he says, if our spirit died with Christ we believe our body will live with Him too. Jesus had His own spirit condemned on the cross and shortly after that His body died as well. Then His body was raised from the dead never to die again. So Paul says that pattern in Christ will be our pattern as well. Continue reading
The consequences for our spirit when we receive God’s salvation through faith ROMANS 6 – Part 2
Right away, you reach the core idea of this chapter, the main point of teaching on the consequences of salvation for our spirit. Our old spirit was put to death with Christ and so it has ceased to exist. Paul uses the concept of baptism to explain what happened when we were saved by our faith in Jesus Christ. And to understand this comparison properly, we first need to understand the term baptism properly. The word baptism means a washing and there are two baptisms described in the New Testament. One is spiritual, one is physical. One God does, one we do. One produces a death and rebirth, the other pictures a death and rebirth.
The first baptism the Bible describes is the spirit baptism or the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is a baptism of spirit in the sense that a person is immersed by the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God comes to live inside a person, so in that sense the person is completely immersed by the Spirit. The baptism of the Spirit is the moment we are born again, as Jesus said to Nicodemus: Continue reading
The consequences for our spirit when we are saved by faith through God’s grace. ROMANS 6 – Part 1
It’s important to understand our salvation by faith and the consequences for our spirit. Romans chapter 6 begins this series. In this section, Paul explores the ramifications of being saved by being declared justified yet while still living in a sinful body. Paul is wading into a topical area that dominates the concerns of every Christian. These topics arise out of a unique situation, unique in terms of history. In which we all find ourselves, having come to faith in Christ and having obtained our justification, in this case meaning our salvation. And having been declared justified and yet at the same time living is a sinful body and feeling the strain of that sin in our life. We have a new life in Christ but we still feel drawn back into our old life of sin at times. Continue reading