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Rom 6:7 For he that is dead - With Christ.  Is freed from the guilt of past, and from the power of present, sin, as dead men from the commands of their former masters. (John Wesley)
G1344 δικαιο?ω dikaióo?; contracted dikaio??, fut. dikaio??so?, from díkaios (G1342), just, righteous. To justify. Verbs which end in -óo? generally indicate bringing out that which a person is or that which is desired, but not usually referring to the mode in which the action takes place. In the case of dikaióo?, it means to bring out the fact that a person is righteous. (Word Study-General Editor: Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D)
for he who has died is G1344freed from sin. (NASB)
For he that is dead is G1344freed from sin. (NASB)
For when we died with Christ we were G1344set free from the power of sin. (NLT)
(For someone who has died has been G1344freed from sin.) (NET)
and through Him everyone who believes is G1344freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses. (Acts 13:39 NASB)
Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. (Romans 8:12 NLT)
So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude He had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. (1 Peter 4:1 NLT)

Whom do you choose to believe?  This has to be one of the most amazing (and yet either unknown or one that lives in disbelief) verses in Scripture.  Why is that so?  Because we have not experienced it!  The "highway of holiness" (which is Christ Himself) has a ditch on either side.  The first it the ditch of arrogance where we say that we can do this-we can live this life of holiness in the power of the flesh.  The ditch on the other side of the highway is the ditch of passivity where we wait for the holy lightening bolt to come and change us into super-Christian before we can take another step. What shall we choose?  Shall it be deception number one or deception number two?  The way in the middle is the "only way!"  His name is Jesus, and we must follow Him by faith.

We then begin to see that faith and obedience are toes on the same foot.  They must step together!  We may not feel like we have a new chooser, but indeed we do!  I suppose our first confession should be that we really don't want to follow or turn loose of our sinful ways.  That becomes our first point of honesty and the place where the Spirit of Holiness begins to change our heart.  Can you imaging?  All of the power of the universe waiting to help you walk in the light of Christ!  We who are dead are now ready to be led in the way everlasting!

For he that is dead - This is evidently an expression having a proverbial aspect, designed to illustrate the sentiment just expressed.  The Rabbis had an expression similar to this, “When one is dead he is free from commands.” (Grotius.)  So says Paul, when a man dies he is exempt from the power and dominion of his master, of him who reigned over him.  The Christian had been subject to sin before his conversion. But he has now become dead to it.  And as when a servant dies, he ceases to be subject to the control of his master, so the Christian being now dead to sin, on the same principle, is released from the control of his former master, sin.
Is Freed - The design of the apostle is not to say that the Christian is perfect, but that sin has ceased to have dominion over him, as a master ceases to have power over a slave when he is dead.  That dominion may be broken, so that the Christian may not be a slave to sin, and yet he may be conscious of many failings and of much imperfection; see Romans 7. (Dr. Albert Barnes)
Rom 6:7 For he that is dead - With Christ.  Is freed from the guilt of past, and from the power of present, sin, as dead men from the commands of their former masters. (John Wesley)
G1344 δικαιο?ω dikaióo?; contracted dikaio??, fut. dikaio??so?, from díkaios (G1342), just, righteous. To justify. Verbs which end in -óo? generally indicate bringing out that which a person is or that which is desired, but not usually referring to the mode in which the action takes place. In the case of dikaióo?, it means to bring out the fact that a person is righteous. (Word Study-General Editor: Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D)
for he who has died is G1344freed from sin. (NASB)
For he that is dead is G1344freed from sin. (NASB)
For when we died with Christ we were G1344set free from the power of sin. (NLT)
(For someone who has died has been G1344freed from sin.) (NET)
and through Him everyone who believes is G1344freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses. (Acts 13:39 NASB)
Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. (Romans 8:12 NLT)
So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude He had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. (1 Peter 4:1 NLT)

Whom do you choose to believe?  This has to be one of the most amazing (and yet either unknown or one that lives in disbelief) verses in Scripture.  Why is that so?  Because we have not experienced it!  The "highway of holiness" (which is Christ Himself) has a ditch on either side.  The first it the ditch of arrogance where we say that we can do this-we can live this life of holiness in the power of the flesh.  The ditch on the other side of the highway is the ditch of passivity where we wait for the holy lightening bolt to come and change us into super-Christian before we can take another step. What shall we choose?  Shall it be deception number one or deception number two?  The way in the middle is the "only way!"  His name is Jesus, and we must follow Him by faith.

We then begin to see that faith and obedience are toes on the same foot.  They must step together!  We may not feel like we have a new chooser, but indeed we do!  I suppose our first confession should be that we really don't want to follow or turn loose of our sinful ways.  That becomes our first point of honesty and the place where the Spirit of Holiness begins to change our heart.  Can you imaging?  All of the power of the universe waiting to help you walk in the light of Christ!  We who are dead are now ready to be led in the way everlasting!

For he that is dead - This is evidently an expression having a proverbial aspect, designed to illustrate the sentiment just expressed.  The Rabbis had an expression similar to this, “When one is dead he is free from commands.” (Grotius.)  So says Paul, when a man dies he is exempt from the power and dominion of his master, of him who reigned over him.  The Christian had been subject to sin before his conversion. But he has now become dead to it.  And as when a servant dies, he ceases to be subject to the control of his master, so the Christian being now dead to sin, on the same principle, is released from the control of his former master, sin.
Is Freed - The design of the apostle is not to say that the Christian is perfect, but that sin has ceased to have dominion over him, as a master ceases to have power over a slave when he is dead.  That dominion may be broken, so that the Christian may not be a slave to sin, and yet he may be conscious of many failings and of much imperfection; see Romans 7. (Dr. Albert Barnes)


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