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BRUCE MCGEE MINISTRIES
Gary Godard Chief Technical Officer
Have you ever touched an electric wire?
If you have, you probably do all you can to AVOID
that contact again!
That is a present condition that has grown out
of a past event.
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him,
that the body of sin might be destroyed,
that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also
live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more;
death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once:
but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed
unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye
should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of
unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God,
as those that are alive from the dead,
and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
LIGHT from the WORD.
Notice in verse 6 above, the word
"serve" is used.
In verse 7, the word "freed" is used.
Connecting these two draws the symbol of slavery.
The slave who dies is free from his master's commands!
Notice the verb usage in verse 8.
This is one of the reasons I like the KJV.
No other translation gives this verb sense.
"..if we BE dead with Christ, we believe that we shall
also LIVE with Him."
The verb usage here indicates a present condition
that has grown out of a past event.
And so, if a person has truly died to self FOR Christ,
then he/she will LIVE WITH Christ!
(Again, that may refer to a future event.
However, it most importantly refers to NOW.)
Christ "died once", but He "LIVETH unto God"!
Therefore, we who have died to self FOR Christ
"live unto God THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord."
And, so -- we should NOT allow sin to "reign" in our lives!
No, we cannot be sinless. (See Rom. 3:23)
Because we are ALL sinners ALL the time.
But, we can certainly sin LESS!
And, we can keep sin from having RULE over us
through our faith in Christ.
We should not allow sin to "reign" in our life.
Because we HAVE MET Christ, and NOW live WITH Him!
If your past event was surrender to Christ, then
you have DIED to self; and your present condition
is to LIVE for HIM!