God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Know ye not, that so many of us 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.
The apostle is very full in pressing the necessity of holiness. He does not explain away the gospel’s free grace, but he shows that the connection between justification and holiness is inseparable.
Let the thought be abhorred, of continuing in sin that grace may abound. True believers are dead to sin; therefore, they ought not to follow it. No man can at the same time be both dead and alive. He is a fool who, desiring to be dead unto sin, thinks he may live in it.
Baptism teaches the necessity of dying to sin, and being as it was buried from all ungodly and unholy pursuits, and of rising to walk with God in newness of life.
Unholy professors may have had the outward sign of a death unto sin and a new birth unto righteousness, but they never passed from Satan’s family to that of God.
The corrupt nature, called the old man, because derived from our first father Adam, is crucified with Christ, in every true believer, by the cross’s grace.
It is weakened and in a dying state, though it yet struggles for life and even victory. But the whole body of sin, whatever is not according to the holy law of God, must be done away so that the believer may no more be the slave of sin but alive to God and find happiness in his service.
Remember, these messages are given by a humble servant obedient to our Lord Yeshua as a Watchman. I pray for all. ”Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua. “Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength.
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