Annotated Romans-Ro.8:4-5-“righteousness of the law”

 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

When we examine the righteousness of Law first principle is that Law is synonymous with the Lawgiver. God is Truth. Articles of Law severally as well as all together delineate the very nature of God and each one bears the truth. No one is righteous (Ro.3:10) but God alone is perfect. There can be only one conclusion: law of God is true and perfect.

God is eternal so when we consider covenant it is qualified as everlasting covenant since it had its origin in the eternal mind of God. “For I am the Lord, I change not;…(Mal.3:6). Truth does not change either. In executing justice according to divine Law we see a time lapse as in the case of the Book of Esther in which we find how Haman the Jew-baiter could conceal his villainy from being found out by the king. Meanwhile Mordecai’s service to help uncover  plot against the king has gone unrewarded. While Haman is going from strength to strength he is preparing genocide against the Jews living in the realm. But it comes unstuck and Haman is strung up from the same gallows he had set up for Mordecai. God executes Truth in the precise moment not a second earlier or later.  What does that mean? Our concept of time and justice is different from that of God. God sets in motion so villainy of man runs into a knot around the neck and he cannot escape as in the case of Haman. In representing the Law and Justice we shall see God the Father representing the Will and God the Son the executor of Justice. God does not judge anyone,’ but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:(John 5:22)’ Death and resurrection of the Son was based on the very nature, Holiness of God. In order to bring peace between God and man Jesus submitted himself as the Mediator.”Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant(He.13:20)”, So his blood holds a symbolic value in bridging the time lapse; it also satisfies the legal provision:’ without shedding of blood there is no redemption.’The  Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Re.13:8) is a symbol and it existed in the divine Will holding precedence over whatever law was instituted as temporal measure. The Law of Moses was one such, nevertheless endorsed as legally standing in agreement with the everlasting covenant. In order to see the difference let us consider the Temple of Solomon.    God appeared to the king second time and blessed him thus: “I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually./ And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments:/ Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever,(1 Ki.9:3-5):

God’s promise was conditional.  The temple of Solomon was provisional against the kingdom of God that shall be established by Jesus Christ who after the manner of man came out of the loins of King David. “I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever,” is a promise eternally standing to which temples of Solomon and of Herod are all merely names and provisional.

The nation of Israel having failed to recognize the Servant King whom God sent according to messianic prophecies was guilty of misreading the Law. They pursued the things of the flesh so much so the circumcision did not lead them to a life in the Spirit.

 

 

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Annotated Romans- Ro.8:1-4 “Law of the Spirit of life”

God is a Spirit. So the law of God is also called Law of the Spirit of Life. It is what we read in v.2, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death”. How the law of Sin did impose penalty on all men has been by stealth. What gave it power was indirect and in Adam nevertheless I am under its shadow. ‘For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me(Ro.7:11).’ We see those who are under the law of sin prefer to justify thmselves. “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved(John 3:20).” They are enemies to good counsel and resist God. Secondly they serve Satan in promoting discord and confusion. In our own times we see them spreading conspiracy theories and split God’s people by stealth. They are enemies of God. In the Parable of the Tares we see Satan sowing tares while all slept. The same spirit of Satan working through the serpent beguiled Eve and has continued through passage of time. “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil(1 John 3:8)”..The works mentioned here is intended to disrupt the divine Will. Remember the warning of Jesus. As the only begotten Son he is entrusted with a task of gathering, building up for kingdom of God. “He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth(Lk11:23).

The earth and the fulness thereof belongs to God. So this spirit of Satan is not legitimate and he operates as a burglar marking out houses to burgle and it is in the cover of darkness. We have in the Gospel of John what a thief can do. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:(John10:10). Sin is in short a destroyer.” The church is compared to a flock entrusted with God the Good Shepherd.  “(Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber-John 10:1)” Whereas how the Law of God did was by direct. Firstly He sent his only begotten Son (John 3:16). 

The Spirit shows what the enemies to God masterminded the death of God the Son. The mocking inscription ‘This is Jesus the King of the Jews’ was a blatant assertion of the law of sin working through the enemies of God. St Paul while writing to the church at  Colossae (Phrygia, Asia minor), refers to it thus “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross…” Secondly the resurrection of Jesus brings out a new way for those who believe in him. Because he triumphed over the disbelief of his enemies in his divinity and kingship his resurrection establishes a new law in place of the old. The law of grace or the Law of the Spirit of Life annulled the ordinances which lay under the law of sin. It is what we read in v.15. ‘…., he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it(Col.2:14-15)’.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

v.2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Annotated Romans-Ro.7:15-25- “Old Man, Inner man…”

“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(Ro.6:6)”.

The term ‘Old man’ is valid under the law of sin, and it refers in spiritual sense to the eternal Will  creating a body of evidence* against every man that comes to the world. By the same argument we believe in ‘inner man’ another body of evidence created under the the law of God to which St Paul refers in v.22. Law of God  is also called the law of grace.

Law of sin and law of grace accordingly refer to Adam and Jesus respectively. (Ro.5:12,19). Since Adam disobeyed God’s commandment he made his own will more important than the divine Will. Jesus as the Son manifested obedience ‘as the image of the invisible God(Col.1:15)’. Spirit of disobedience is alien to the kingdom of God.  It is clear in the expulsion of man and woman from the Garden. “And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:(Ge.3:22)” In the verse God is in plural. Adam is also qualified as son of God (Lk.3:38). But there is only one begotten of God. And it is what St Paul refers here ‘…By the obedience of one shall many be made righteous(Ro. 5:19)”. Because of Adam death is consequently imputed to all who have not come under the law of grace. As express image of God the example of Jesus Christ tells us that the Law of God is doable. Grace and truth he established by death and resurrection. It is to which the psalmist alludes here,’Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice (Ps.50:5).’

Law of sin being alien to the kingdom of God demands restitution. By the same token the law of grace freely gives man newness of life. Onus of Adam’s culpability, which was laid over all according to representational symbolism, is cancelled.

To sum: Old man is synonym for carnal nature of man. Old man and newness of life can never come side by side in one. We die to sin in order to put on newness of life or remain as a servant to sin the result of which, is death.

  • body of evidence  refers to the handwriting  referred by St. Paul as in ‘Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;(Col.2:14)’.By the same argument we have about the truth written in inward parts a body of evidence that the individual is purchased with the blood of Christ. It is called heart, in spiritual parlance where indwelling Spirit holds a lamp , which is the word of God. St Paul speaks of the ‘the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ(2 Co.4:6). As physical world is a trap for Old man to deceive oneself to think one is righteous the Spirit of God leads the heart or the inner man to the ways of righteousness.

For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

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Annotated Romans-Ro.7:1-20 “The Law of the Flesh”

Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

Circumcision is a sign a badge for every one accepting the rule of the Law as long as he is alive. What avails when he, according to way of all flesh, returns to the ground from which he is taken.?’Dust to dust and ashes to ashes.’ Validity of circumcision no longer exists for him. This is what St Paul explains here using the analogy of marriage, as in the following verse:For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband(v.2)”.

The law of sin is compared to the laws governing marriage and it is not eternal but is provided as a relief, a temporary measure on account of the frailties of the flesh. Adultery derives its sting on account of the law by which every man or woman is bound over to honor their own flesh as they honor their spouses. In the Book of the prophets we read of Israel committing whoredom in worshipping strange gods. Flesh always brings to mind, because of the law comparison with the spirit. This is what we see in the Book of Hosea, “Then said the Lord unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the Lord toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine./ So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:/ And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee(Hos.3:1-3)”.

Where flesh and its lusts indicates the physical reality adultery is punishable because the law incorporates restitution of damages. Failing to honor the Law is an insult to God who instituted it in the first place. God commands Prophet Hosea to serve as a symbol for the many sins of Israel. He serves as substitutional symbol as Judas Iscariot served as the betrayer of Jesus Christ. Marriage is honorable for all but God set this caveat, a substitution from the norm, It is part of the law, which is spiritual and it is God’s will. The slain Lamb before the foundation of the world is a symbol and it is to understood spiritually. In short the law of Moses and circumcision are two aspects of the law of flesh, and a shadow of the real. God is a Spirit who we are to worship in spirit and truth.  (See note under v.6) 

So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

When we die under water baptism we are ‘buried with him by baptism into death(Ro.6:4); on the principle ‘he that is dead is freed from sin’ we come out of the water in an act of surrender so the burden of sin has been once and for all left behind us. The newness of life facing from that point on, is the result of surrendering to the power of God, which we saw in the previous chapter ‘that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father(Ro.6:4-7)’. Law of the flesh is carnal whereas the law of grace is spiritual. 

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.

For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.

11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.

12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

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Annotated Romans-Ro.6:14-19-“righteousness unto holiness”

Here the law to which St Paul refers is the Law of Moses. Circumcision is an outward expression of being obligated to observe its provisions and ordinances (Col.2:20). God commanded Abraham to observe but the actual laws pendent on the circumcision were given to Moses. Significance of the law originated far back in time. Does not this time lapse indicate how God works with man? God named Jacob as Israel at Peniel (Ge.32:18). He however confirmed it much later. “And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel(Ge.35:10)”. We see this in the case of the body prepared for Jesus Christ(Ps.40:6) gave rise to the concept of everlasting covenant. What was the significance of the body but in the everlasting covenant? As with circumcision we have a symbol. We shall consider what it is. The rationale for God dressing Adam and Eve with coats of skins was in the divine Will before the foundation of the world? The Lamb slain referenced in the Book of the Revelation(Re.13:8)  similarly tells us something of the Father Son relationship. When Jesus said, My Father worketh hitherto and I work (John 5:17)”. It is the constitution of the kingdom of God and it is the Word. In the beginning was the Word creating oneness, If the Trinity is justified on account of it so shall the fellowship of God and man through the Son Jesus Christ. Without getting the time element correct much of the Holy Scripture and how man tends to draw meaning shall only sow confusion. Consider the fragmentation of churches each having cobbled up doctrines where the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ are without dispute but only in faith and practice we see a woeful credibility gap. One group of evangelicals are for taking political process on the assumption ‘Around 1 in 8 Protestant pastors (12%) believe Christians can speed up the second coming of Jesus by supporting geo-political changes mentioned in the Bible.’ (Funny that during the Cold War in the 50 it was Gog and Magog where Russia was assigned the role of villain. Who is running who? In whichever case the American politics has found its cat’s paw.)  While we have another group equally seized up with activating their faith so God shall be moved to honor their faith and send them prosperity. It is thus antichrist has bedeviled the modern Christian world. There is no reasonable faith but faith totally focused on the holiness of his Name.

 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Under grace we have been delivered from death which was held against us “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross(Col.2:14)”; So we have been freed technically. Unless we ask to avail of this gift we are still under sin because the handwriting of law demands its dues. Wages of sin is death. There is a law of sin operating on all who are servants of sin. ‘for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness(v.19)’.

15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

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Annotated Romans-Ro.6:14-18-“The form of doctrine”

But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you(v.17)”.

Monroe doctrine obviously bears the name of the US President who delivered it, and while considering the Bible we limit our discussions on doctrine strictly on the line the Spirit has laid out. The pastoral epistles give us a comprehensive form and we shall begin with the epistle to Timothy. in which St Paul affirms: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:(2 Ti.3:16)”In order to base our lives we rely only on the Scripture, authority of which is established by inspiration of God. When God breathed into the nostrils of Adam he became a living soul. No less vital is doctrine for Christian faith and practice.  ‘Sola scriptura‘.

The Bible is made up of several books and not everything is intended for doctrinal purposes. The Book of Numbers, Ezra, Judges the Book of Kings to cite a few deal with historical events. The Song of Solomon is an extended allegory which can yield useful insight into the union of Christ with Church and the same could be said of the creation of Eve who was the flesh of flesh, ‘now the bone of my bones’- and the bone in the Spiritual parlance is doctrine. ‘These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,(John 19:36)” This refers to King David’s prediction (Ps.34:20).  It is the will of God that he desires fellowship with man and for this reason when we consider the concept of the Trinity it underpins divine unity to which the Church is a doctrinal truth. God had foreknown man even before He founded the world upon his Wisdom and Power so prophets speaking of things to come were not merely speaking whatever that came to their mind. It is thus great many passages from the book of Psalms came to be associated with Jesus Christ, circumstances of his advent, life, death and resurrection. The Bible as God document has set people and events places in relation to God the Son. God created man and female and they shall be as one flesh also has a spiritual meaning and it refers to one flesh an entity that is a metaphor for Christ the Head and his body. Doctrine of God is drawn from the whole body of Scripture to which every part is not of the same weight. So a sound doctrine is where the doctrinal truths reflect the Father Son relationship most accurately. God as the Father has fashioned their hearts alike that would not imply the nation of Israel holds any preferred status. God’s promise to Abraham (Ge.12:3) refers to all families and not one specific nation. In contrary to these when churches fashion their doctrine giving the ordinances and law given by Moses take precedence it is an example of false doctrine. Here is what St Paul speaks,”But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!(Gal.1:18-NIV)” Doctrine serves the same role as bone, a bio-material protecting the vital organs in a body and it cannot be broken and used in place where it is not intended. Finally we have this warning from St Paul:

“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, / they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions/ and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.” From where did the activism and prosperity theology of evangelicalism come? Be not deceived and in present day societies each group wants Jesus according to their own idea. Such question as ‘Is Jesus liberal right or left?’ indicates how the Christians have fallen from sound doctrine. In Facebook we have this In Christianity Today ‘Jesus Cares about Your Conspiracy Theory,’ and politics have without let up poured into forms of doctrines cobbled up by modern churches. Instead rebuking, counseling the churches are catering to those who have no understanding of the doctrinal truths.”As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:(Col.2:6). Without conviction in the Power and Wisdom how shall you profess your faith?  

 

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Annotated Romans-Ro.6:1-6- ‘grace’

There is no escape for man who is born of woman. He is dead because of Adam who sinned. Merely because our consciousness does not trouble us to any sin committed has no legal standing. Between the curse of sin imposed on man by the choice made by the first man and life offered freely by Jesus we have been also introduced to grace which is a gift. “Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

Adam is shadow of  Jesus Christ ‘the figure that was to come’. “…When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life./And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement((Ro.5:10-11).”

Grace is entirely introduced with the advent of Jesus Christ and is a gift. So grace that we consider here is Atonement the element which is in medias res has great bearing on events backward as well as forward. In the mind of God it was revealed as Mercy and in matters pertaining to our way forward it is viewed as grace since it was made available to all who believed in his death and resurrection. Death that was imposed on us (before we were born) shall not be counted in the life we lead after we have been purchased with his blood. Why? We consciously died at water baptism which is a symbol of identifying with our Redeemer Lord. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?/ Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: (v.3). By the same token we are left under the charge of same Power that raised the Son to life. Newness of life as different from our physical life. “That like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life(v.4). So life after life characterizes whosoever has accepted Jesus as the lord and accordingly walk in newness of life. What do we look for? “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need(He.4:16)”. He who has the Son has the Father also(1 John2:23). Mercy and grace working as one shall preserve him and it is what we call as abiding life (John 15:5-8): “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing./ If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned./ If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you./ Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”

Cost of discipleship is tested thus: whose glory you seek ? If it of the father show your fruits. Those who do not abide in the death and resurrection are cast away as workers of iniquity(Matt.7:22-23). Here we have the words of Jesus, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity(v.23)”. No excuse shall avail and dropping names of POTUS or any other can change the truth of the pastors who were false.

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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 so 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 was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

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.

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