Brother Eric: What is the key to holy living?
6:6 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.
- Conversion: These truths can only be applied by believers.
- Biblical thinking: We cannot properly live in light of truths we do not know and understand.
- Personal responsibility: We need to respond to these truths with action. Knowing what is right is not enough
Brother Victor: What happened to us when we were converted?
- 6:6 Our old man was crucified with Him.
- 6:7 We were freed from sin.
- 6:9 Death no longer has dominion over us.
- 6:10 We have been made alive unto Christ.
- 6:14 We are put under grace.
Mr. Biney: What is our old man?
- Our old man is not our body that sins or our flesh.
- Our old man is the person that we were prior to our conversion.
- A person that was born in Adam and under God’s wrath.
- We know this, because he just spent Romans 5 demonstrating this truth.
- A person who is powerless to live the Christian life and please God.
Romans 8:5-8 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.
- The new man is the man that we are now after our conversion.
2 Corinthians 5:17 If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Brother Eric: How has this death of the old man with Christ affected us?
6:7, 9 For he that is dead is freed from sin… Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
- Sin’s authority over us has been broken.
- Sin’s legal claim to us has been broken.
- We have been freed to fulfill the purpose God created us to perform.
Brother Victor: What do we need to do to walk in victory?
- Conversion: We need to receive God’s forgiveness through Christ.
6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him
6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
- Biblical thinking: We need to inform ourselves form the Bible what is true about our new identity in Christ.
6:6 Knowing this…
6:9 Knowing that…
6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves…
- Personal responsibility: We must take action based on what we know to be true about us in Christ.
6:12-13 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 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.
Mr. Biney: What are we doing when we sin?
6:7-9 He that is dead is freed from sin…death hath no more dominion over him.
6:17-22 ye were the servants of sin, ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; ye were the servants of sin, But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God…
- We are submitting to a master who is cruel and has no legitimate claim over us.
Mr. Biney: What are we doing when we walk in righteousness?
- We are fulfilling the will of God and the purpose He created for us.
Colossians 1:16-17 By Christ were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Brother Eric: Where do lusts come from?
- They come from within our own hearts?
James 1:14 Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Brother Victor: How is this truth significant?
- We alone are responsible for our sin.
- We cannot blame God for our sin.
- We cannot blame Satan for our sin.
- We cannot blame the person who tempted us when we sin.
Mr. Biney: Could you summarize this whole section?
A Christian is something before he does anything; and we have to be Christian before we can act as Christians…To be Christian, I say, is to possess a certain character and therefore to be a certain type of person. So often that is misinterpreted…we are Christians and our actions are the outcome of that. Going a step further, we can put it like this. We are not meant to control our Christianity; our Christianity is rather meant to control us…I am to be dominated by the truth because I have been made a Christian by the operation of the Holy Spirit within…All our activities, therefore, are the result of this new nature, this new disposition which we have received from God through the Holy Spirit.
- Victory begins with our position in Christ.
- Just because something is true about us, does not mean we will believe it or experience it as we should.
- We have to study God’s word to know the truth about our position in Christ.
- Knowing what is true is not enough.
Brother Eric: Why is this topic so important?
- Many people think the way to become a Christian is to live like a Christian. This thinking is wrong and will ultimately lead to eternal destruction.
- Many people think they can live like a Christian by their own power. This thinking is clearly wrong.
- Many people think that the key to living the Christian life is an emotional experience. This clearly is not right.
- Right living begins with converted, and then leads to knowing the truth, and living in light of the truth.