“God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
King James Version (KJV)
Pastor Watkins's comment on 2014-08-13 10:44:00:
I guess if I can best describe what God was conveying through paul was the blood bought believe has to have a conscious mind not to obey sin not by his own strenght but by the grace of God through the new nature, of regeneration the enables the convert to live in such a way that in the past he could not. causing not only a agonizing over sin but power to over come it by God 's grace that we cannot walk persumptuously in this life. Simply it come down to a choice of the grace given us to make the right one! Amen
Rev. Autrey's comment on 2013-08-09 07:23:16:
(Verse 2) "Since we have died to sin." This means that if we are dead, legeally, we are no longer under sin's control. That is, sin has done its job and killed us. But how did we die? We died and were buried with Christ. Baptism pictures this. Going under the water pictures our dying with Christ to our old way of life, and coming up out of the water pictures Christ giving us a new way of life after we have been saved.
(Verse 5) "Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised as he was." That is, Christ was our stand in. So when he died, in the eyes of the law we died, too. That is what Paul means by "our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ." So again, we are no longer slaves to sin because our old crucified self is dead. And by the power of God, a new self has taken its place.
So we should consider the old me dead, and live for God through the new me. And all of this came about by God's grace-his willingness to give us something we did not deserve.