Through the Bible with Les Feldick
LESSON 2 * PART 3 * BOOK 22
Now let's review verse 6 and come right on into verse 7.
"Knowing this, that our old man (the old nature) is crucified (put to death)...:
Let's stop and qualify. When Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, and God had made only one stipulation, one responsibility, and that was not to eat of that one tree, God said:
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
And so God has mandated that as soon as Adam sinned, and as soon as every son of Adam has sinned, what has to be the result? Death! The soul that sinneth has to die. It's a command of God, but God gave mankind what we call a loophole. Yes we have to die, but we do not have to die in ourselves, we can take Christ's death as our substitution. Now let's read on.
"For he that is dead is freed from sin (or old Adam)."
Well, it's the same way with regard to old Adam, the only way we can separate ourselves from that old Adamic nature is to put old Adam to death. And the moment that he dies, he loses that control over us. Romans 6:7
"For he that is dead (been crucified) is now freed from sin (old Adam)."
And until old Adam is put to death, he reigns as a king. Romans 6:8
"Now if we be dead with Christ (if we have identified with that death then that's when we died, and that all comes by faith when we believe the Gospel), we believe that we shall also live with him:"
"Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him."
Christ did not have to die over and over again. Hebrews 7:27
Now turn on over to Chapter 9, and let's begin with verse 11.
Now let's also look at verse 25 and 26.
II Corinthians 4:3
"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost."
The old Adamic nature is ruling and reigning like a king, but they're lost. Now verse 4, and here is the crucial dilemma.
II Corinthians 4:4
"In whom the god (Satan) of this world (remember what Ephesians 2 said in the last lesson. lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."
A bright light, and that's what happens to a lot of people of this world who are lost. Now back to Romans Chapter 6, and reading verse 9 again.
For in that he died, he died unto sin once (He died to take care of that old Adamic nature of mankind once): but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God."
That puts us into that same category, so likewise) reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord."
When we became believers, those of you who are genuine children of God, you're believers, you've accepted the Gospel and it's power for your Salvation; do you know that's when we were really given the free will? Romans 6:11a
Are we going to live spiritual lives or are we going to live carnal, fleshly lives? The admonition of course is to be led of the Spirit, to live profitable lives, and to bring honor, and glory to the God of glory by keeping old Adam in subjection. But you have that free will, God has not taken that away from the believer. Romans 6:11
"Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin (old Adam) but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:12
"Let (implies choice) not sin (old Adam) reign (like a king. Don't let sin reign) in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof."
If a true believer is going fool around in sin, and bring reproach upon the name of Christ, the first thing God will do is discipline him. Hebrews 12:6-9
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? God doesn't chasten the unbeliever, but He will chasten the believer if he starts dabbling in sin. If the chastening doesn't wake him up, and bring him to par then what will God do? We call that the sin unto death, and Paul certainly teaches that. Let's just read verse 5: This is a story about a believer who was committing a terrible sin.
I Corinthians 5:5
Well, God knows how to do all that better. God will not permit His name to be dragged by a believer through the mud of this world. Let's close with verse 13.
Neither yield (it's a choice word again. Are we going to keep old Adam under subjection? Are we going to let Christ, and His Spirit reign like a king? Or are we going to give old Adam free reign, and let him reign like a king?)