For the video teaching click here: Romans Bible Study — Week 13 — Knowing This & Knowing That
last week we read vs. 4-5: 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. (5) For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
II. Knowing This and Knowing That
Romans 6:6-11: knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. (7) For he who has died has been freed from sin. (8) Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
- So Paul says the keys to walking in and experience the abundance and victory of this newness of life IN CHRIST is knowing this and knowing that
Knowing is eido in Greek meaning to see as a result of revelation; an intuitive knowing; a perception, a being aware of, that can only come by the work of the Spirit of Grace.
- It is knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt.
- It is not a knowing that comes from personal experience, which is progressive (ginosko) but rather a full, absolute knowledge.
What are we to know?
Knowing this (verses 6-7):
- that Adam (the old man) was crucified 2000 years ago
- that the body of sin (corporate Adam) was done away
- and that we should no longer be slaves to sin
And knowing that (v. 9)
- since Christ was raised from the dead, He dies no more
- and death no longer has dominion over Him
So, Adam was crucified at the Cross, and no part of him survived
- Christ did a COMPLETE, FINISHED work that changed ALL of mankind
But this is not an easy truth to understand at first
- we’ve been trained that we are born with a sin nature
- then we accept Jesus into our hearts and are born again
- and at that time, the sin nature of Adam is removed from from us and replaced with God’s nature
To understand, we have to hear with spiritual ears
But we don’t have to struggle to hear correctly – we get to rest in His perfect hearing
- Hebrews 5:8-9 Acquainted with sonship He was in the habit of hearing from above; what He heard distanced Him from the effect of what He had suffered. By His perfect hearing, He forever freed mankind to hear what He had heard.�His perfect hearing freed us and awakened our hearts to hear what the Spirit is saying about the finished work of Christ
So, if we’re going to walk in this newness of life – this abundant resurrection life, Paul said, “You’re going to have to know this and know that.”
- In a nutshell, knowing that we’ve been freed from sin and death no longer has dominion over us.
Paul’s use of the phrase “no longer” (no longer slaves to sin), applied to the transitional generation — those who lived on both sides of the cross
- at birth, they were in Adam, and at the Cross, they were now in Christ — death at one time had dominion over them, they were slaves to sin
- Death NEVER had dominion over us born after the Cross
Death isn’t talking about the physical cessation of life
- it’s talking about all of the destructive attributes of death that became part of man’s experience because of sin
- The cause was sin — the effect was death
- Death took place in things like fear, sickness, disease, poverty, etc.
Knowing this and knowing that — Paul is talking about you and me getting a revelation of the finished work of Christ and what it meant for ALL mankind.
- Where that truth becomes as much a part of our confession as breathing is to our everyday life
Knowing that I’m delivered. I’m not a slave of sin — I’ve NEVER been a slave of sin.
- I was rescued from the power of death 2000 years ago.
- Death has no dominion over me and NEVER has.
- now let’s look at what we’re supposed to know verse by verse, in more detail
II. # 1 – No Longer a Slave to Sin
Rom 6:6: knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him….
Our old man was crucified with Him — who we were in Adam
- Again, he’s talking to a transitional generation who was in Adam only about 20 years earlier
Translations use the words: old self, old sinful self, old being, the person we used to be, our old natures
While those translations are probably good for the transitional generation Paul is writing to — it doesn’t work for us
- our understanding of it in the modern church leads us to a view point that is not true
- the viewpoint being that it is referring to our pre and post acceptance of Jesus
- our old man referring to before we were born again and new man after we accepted Jesus
- When in context this verse is referring to pre and post Cross.
The old man was the old nature of Adam
In fact, the word man in Greek is “anthropos” meaning mankind.
- the old mankind — referring to the mankind that was in Adam
- It goes on to say the old mankind (in Adam) was crucified with Him (Jesus)
Crucified is two words, sun meaning together with; co! and “satauroo” meaning crucified, fixed to the cross;
- crucified is aorist, indicative, passive — past tense fact that happened to us (mankind)
- So, the first key to living this new life and experiencing it’s fullness, is knowing that the old mankind that was in Adam (past tense) was co-crucified with Christ on the Cross (past tense)
then he uses the word hina which is “so that” — it expresses a purpose
- the reason that old mankind that was in Adam was co-crucified with Christ on the cross was so that the body of (the) sin might be brought to nothing so that we (mankind) would no longer be enslaved to (the) sin
III. #2 – The Body of Sin Was Done Away With
Romans 6:6: that the body of sin might be done away with
The body of sin — it says in Greek – the body, the sin
- “Our” (old self) is plural and “the body” is singular.
Also, notice that it is the same “the sin” that he has been talking about since chapter 5 – Adam’s sin
- Romans 5:12: Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man (Adam)
- Romans 5:19: For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners
- Talking about the corporate body of Adam — the nature that Adam passed onto all mankind was brought to nothing
1 Cor 12:27: Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a member of it.
- If Paul calls the corporate community that is in Christ the “body of Christ,” it makes sense that his phrase “body of sin” would refer to the corporate community in Adam.
the body of sin (the corporate body of Adam) was brought to nothing
- “katargeo” in Greek meaning make of no effect; annul; entirely without force; wholly brought down; put out of use
- The second key to living this new life and experiencing it’s fullness, is knowing that the corporate body of sin (mankind in Adam) was put out of use, annulled.
IV. #3 — No Longer Enslaved to Sin
Romans 6:6: …..that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
No longer to enslave us to “the sin.”
singular, not plural;
- not referring to wrong behaviors but rather referring to “the sin” of Adam
- Mankind was no longer enslaved to that old Adamic nature!
Verse 7 goes on to say that the one who has died has been freed from sin
He’s not saying those who have died (believers) are free from sin and those who haven’t died (unbelievers) are not free from sin
- We know this because verse 2 told us that we have all died – aorist indicative – past tense fact
- So, we have died (co-crucified with Christ – past tense), and therefore, we are freed from “the sin.”
Freed is “dikaioo” in Greek is justified
Justified is declared and judged innocent and righteous; positioned as if we never sinned
- Being justified put mankind in the same position as Jesus who never sinned
- Not just forgiven but never sinned!
has been freed is perfect indicative passive
- the perfect tense is an action completed at a specific point of time in the past – at the Cross
- the indicative mood is this is fact, no doubt about it.
- And passive it has happened to us – we didn’t have anything to do with it.
Paul is dealing with our position, not our behavior — IMPORTANT that we must get this — for too long we’ve believed that Romans 6 is dealing with the action of sin and that we shouldn’t continue in it.
- While it’s true, we don’t want to continue sinning but for too long we’ve walked in a “sin consciousness” seeing everything through the lens of sinful behavior
- If we understand that there has been a complete nature change and we are in the same position as Jesus we won’t continue in the wrong, distorted behavior – “sinning.”
1 Jn 4:17 As He is so am I in this world
- not as He was in the Gospels… but as He is in His resurrected state
- What is His association with sin? He has none – and we’ll understand that we also have no association with sin
- The 3rd key to living this new life and experiencing it’s fullness, is knowing that mankind has been (past tense) freed from “the sin” — the nature of Adam because we died, we were co-crucified with Christ on the Cross.
V. #4 – We died and live with Him
Romans 6:8-10: 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.
He continues with what we are to know in verse 8 if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him.
- Paul is not saying if as in “if you have died with Christ.”
- He’s already established that we have and therefore because we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him
- believe is a present tense verb – it is our lifestyle, our continual, habitual lifestyle
will live with Him is “suzao” which is sun meaning together with, co! and “zao” meaning life, referring to His life
His resurrection is my resurrection — His life is my life – Co!
- My new life – I died with Him, co-crucified with Him on the cross and I will co-live with Him
- Him in me and me in Him
- aware of this oneness, this co-life with Him
- Again, it’s Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
All these co words! These are the words of the Gospel, the almost too good to be true news
- co-crucified, co-buried, co-resurrected, co-united, and now co-life here in chapter 6!
In verse 9 Paul tells us what else we are to know… knowing that
- the word that in this verse is actually “that since.”
Knowing that since Christ, having been raised up out from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer rules over Him.
- We are to know that since Jesus through His resurrection from the dead died ONCE and no more dies — death NO LONGER rules over Him.
We were co-resurrected with Him – His resurrection was our resurrection – we also then died once (at the Cross)
- and since we were raised up with Him — death NO LONGER rules over us; it has no authority over us.
- Remember Paul told us earlier in chapter 5 that grace now reigns in our new life in Christ.
- Death no longer reigns — it’s destructive effects no longer rule us
- No longer have authority over us — sickness, disease, fear, lack, poverty, etc.
- Verse 10 — The death He died, He died to “the sin” (singular not plural), He died once for all; moreover (on top of this – that He died to the sin) He lives, He lives to God.
- The last key to living this new life and experiencing it’s fullness, is knowing that since Jesus died to sin ONCE AND FOR ALL (of mankind) and death no longer has dominion over Him, because we being dead in Him and raised up with Him, death (it’s destructive effects – sickness, disease, poverty, lack, fear, etc – no longer has dominion over us!
VI. Grace to Consider
Romans 6:11: Likewise, you also, reckon yourselves…..
verse 11 likewise you also reckon yourselves dead to sin and alive to God IN CHRIST
- likewise – means in the same way and to the same degree as what’s just been established to be true about Christ
What was proved to be true of Christ?
- v. 9 — Having been raised, Christ dies no more; death no longer has dominion over Him for the death He died, He died for sin ONCE FOR ALL and the life He lives, He lives for God
To the same degree and just like Christ
- we are to see ourselves as dead to “the sin.”
- singular – the sin of Adam – talking about a position, not behaviors
- and alive to God — because we were raised to newness of life
And it’s here at Romans 6:11 that we have our first imperative verb (command) in the book of Romans.
- Paul has spent time telling us who we are IN CHRIST and what Jesus has done for us
- now he gives us a command… we are to do something.
- But our doing something, this command, it’s not about works BUT grace
consider is “logizomai” meaning decide, reason, think; come to the logical conclusion; regard it as true
- comes from the root word logos which is the logic of God;
The word “consider” is a present imperative passive verb
present tense means it’s continual, habitual, it’s a lifestyle we are to have; it’s a long-term commitment;
- we are to keep on counting as true that you are dead to the sin and alive to God.
You do that by letting your mind focus on these truths.
- Meditate on them, keep saying them to yourselves, remind yourself of who you are in Christ.
- Constantly think God’s logic – that you are dead to the sin, and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
- We must habitually know this to be true, no matter what our experience.
The imperative is a command BUT passive means it happens to you
- So we have a command to consider something, and He causes that thinking to occur.
- We think on it, say it, read it, remind ourselves that we are dead to sin and alive to God and He causes us to consider it — to decide it’s true, to conclude that it’s true.
- One day you have an “aha” moment, you know that it’s true! He caused the considering – brought you to the conclusion that it is true.
- That’s grace in action!! Only God could command us to do something and then do the “doing” for us!
- Eph 1:17 says that He gives us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in our knowledge of Him and He enlightens the eyes of our heart — this is what a passive imperative looks like.
So the root of the word consider is logic – we are commanded to have God’s logic regarding the truth that we are dead to “the sin” (Adamic nature) and alive to God (alive with His character)
- God’s logic is that we were co-crucified, co-buried, co-resurrected, co-united, and we co-live (living IN CHRIST)
- And then He by Grace causes us to have the revelation of that logic, and then we see ourselves differently
- not as one who still has an old nature (an old man) to struggle with – a little bit of Adam left
No! Paul is telling these Romans that mankind (from Adam to the Cross) is dead to the Adamic sin nature and alive with God’s nature — no longer in Adam but IN CHRIST
- Adam’s race died with Christ and was buried with Him and a new humanity.. a new creation…. was raised up with Him!
- So, we (mankind born after the Cross) were never in Adam but always IN CHRIST.
VII. Dead to sin and alive to God
Romans 6:11: to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
to be – “eimi” in Greek meaning I am or to exist
- I love that!
He is saying this is who you are; this is what defines you —
- Dead to “the sin” – the nature of Adam
- and alive to God IN CHRIST
- there is nothing else I need to consider… just those two things!
Sin is no longer an issue
- no longer has dominion over us – no longer are we enslaved to it
- we need to get to the point where sin consciousness is a thing of the past
Sin is not a relevant issue — period!
- John 1:29 – the Lamb of God took away “the sin” of the world
- Heb 9:26 – by the sacrifice of Himself, Jesus canceled (put away) sin
To continue to preach on the sinful condition of man is to not believe in what Jesus did!
- Mankind has died to sin, law and Adam — mankind is now 100% IN CHRIST
Sin no longer exists — If God we’re looking for it, He can’t find it because it’s become obsolete, eradicated, dissolved, taken care of
Jesus didn’t miss anything!! ALL of Adam died on the Cross — IT IS FINISHED!
- I use Grammarly to check my grammar as I write my Bible studies
- And I love that the words “it is finished” come up “passive” — done for us, done to us, done as us – nothing more for us to do!
- The sin nature that Adam passed on to mankind Christ completely removed at the Cross
- What we call sin now is merely wrong behavior that results from a mistaken, distorted identity;
AND we are entirely free from death and from the problems death produced…. sickness, disease, addiction, depression, fear, etc
2 Tim 1:10 — Jesus abolished death and brought light and moreover life and immortality through the Gospel
v. 8 says do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord Jesus Christ
- His testimony is — He abolished “the” death and brought light and moreover life and immortality through (“dia” – completely successfully) the Gospel
- We’re free from it whether we believe it or not
We are not subject to death
- Not talking physical death but the effects of death’s destruction – sickness, disease, lack, poverty, fear, etc.
- We have authority over its destructive effects!
And we are alive to God IN CHRIST — this is our new life – it’s who we now are – All that He is I am
1 Jn 4:17 – as He is so are we in this world
- In this world, in your day to day existence, you are as dead to sin as Jesus is
- In this life you live in the flesh, you are as free from sin and death (fear, disease, sickness, poverty, destruction, etc.) as Jesus is
- and you are as alive to God as Jesus is.
- Absolutely FREE from sin and death!
- Life defines us now — life IN HIM
Alive IN HIM — No effort on our part… His command brought us to life
- It didn’t happen when we believed – it happened at His command
Our resurrection didn’t take place when we believed
- When He was resurrected, we were resurrected – co-resurrection
- We are in union with Christ — we are seated with Him in the heavenly places and walking here on earth at the same time
- What is true of Christ is true of us!
- It is Christ as me… Christ in me… in (Robin) form
A seamless union – no distinction between Christ and me.
- It isn’t a place where Christ starts, and I stop or where I begin, and Christ ends…..that’s dualism.
- We were joined to the Lord are one spirit (in Christ)!!
- This is what this new life looks like — me alive in Him — just as alive to God as Jesus is!
Dead to sin and alive to God is mankind’s new identity after the Cross
- of course in reality it was true of mankind all along – mankind just simply lost their understanding of their identity through the fall of Adam
Yes we must believe it and receive it — BUT receive is to to take what is ours already – what has always been true about us from the Father’s perspective!
Eph 1:4-5: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: (5) Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will
- From before the creation of the world He chose us (ALL mankind) and that choosing included predestinating us unto adoption – which literally means in love He marked out our boundaries in sonship!
- Adam transgressed (sinned) – He stepped outside the boundary of sonship and lost his way and then all mankind after him as a result forgot who they were – sons, made in the image and likeness of their Daddy!
- So… when you know this and know that and by His grace see yourself through His logic — that you are dead to the sin (the nature of Adam) and alive to God IN CHRIST THEN you’re ready for verses 12-14 – otherwise, you’ll read those verses as a command to manage sinful behavior