Subject: Are you living as if your body of sin as dead or alive?
Without sin, no sin comes into being. In other word, God couldn’t question to anyone for sin, if he had not given the law. But man can understand of their sins according to the law of conscience that is made by God, without the law. God repented that he made men in the time of Noah without the law, for the imagination of the thoughts of the heart was wicked continuously. They ignored the voice of the conscience to be in evil heart, and ended with evil works not forsaking their evil imagination. Only Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD God. The LORD God planned to fill the earth again through the family of Noah and he judged them all with the flood.
Apostle Paul testified of them that had lived without the law of God unto the Romans:
“For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.”(Rom. 2:12-16)
Yeah! The standard of the judgment of God is different from the ages. In the Garden of Eden, there was only one law asking not to eat the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Since then, there had been no law of God for 2,500 years until God gave the law through Moses. Therefore, the standard of the judgment of God had been according to the work of each man’s conscience until the law of God was given. Regarding this, Apostle Paul testified that God shall judge the secrets of men someday appointed by God. Apostle John saw the scene of the final judgment of God in the Spirit, and testified of it:
“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”(Rev. 20:11-15)
Seeing the people who lived in the time of Noah, we can guess, there must have been very few that lived according to their conscience. Men that had lived in the age of conscience, and most of them that had lived in the age of the law have no chance to be resurrected until the end of the Millennium of Jesus Christ. In other word, they cannot resurrect in the reigning of thousand years of Jesus Christ in the time of dwelling of the people of Israel that repent in the Great Tribulation, and the Gentiles that are saved through washing their robes making white with the blood of the Lamb, and the born again children of God that attend the wedding of the Lamb of God, and reign with Christ gloriously. They cannot participate in the first resurrection, but in the second resurrection to be judged at the judgment seat of white throne of God. Apostle John testified of the blessing for them that participate in the first resurrection:
“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”(Rev. 20:6)
In the main passage given to us today, Apostle Paul testifies of the grace given unto them that are saved in the new age that is called the age of grace after the age of the law passed by, as well as their life. He testified, Jesus Christ received all sins of the law transferring them unto his body, and he died for our sins committed according to the law of conscience as well as the law making himself be sin for us to make us righteous, even though he knew no sin (2Cor. 5:21).
Apostle Paul testifies of the reason why God has given the law saying, moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. More sins is ended with understanding of miserable sinner, and finding the only way to come to Jesus Christ to believe in him. he testified of this truth:
“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”(Gal. 3:24,25)
Jesus spoke unto the Jews a parable of the debtor who was forgiven all his debts to let them understand of the grace that shall be given through believing in him:
“ There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most.”(Luke 7:41,42)
In the main passage, Apostle Paul said, “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”; sinners are the debtors unto God. In other word, there is more grace for them that were in more sins, when they are forgiven their sins, that as sin has reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Christ Jesus our Lord.
The word of God is questioning unto us saved by grace in the midst of abundant sins asking, “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may be abound?” The answer is, “God forbid.” Of the reason of that answer, ” How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
Apostle Paul explained about the reason saying,
For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
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.”(Gal. 2:19,20)
In other word, he understood that his sinful body died with Christ on the cross after he believed on Jesus Christ, and received the remission of all sins to receive the eternal life. In other word, the old man of him that was born of Adam is already reported as dead in heaven so that no one could judge his dead man at all. He also testifies that how can dead man sin?
In the main passage, the word of God testifies,
“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.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
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.”(Rom. 6:4-6)
Apostle Paul testifies of the legal judgment sentenced in the court in heaven for us. In other word, God recognizes that our old man that was born of Adam dead on the cross with Christ within him at the moment of our salvation. At the same time, God judged, our old man is dead. Whosoever believes this is supposed to live in nothing to do with sin at all. Jesus said unto the Jews, “the truth shall make you free.”(John 8:32) Upon understanding this truth, we are to be free from sins. But if we don’t know this truth, we are to live in sinful life making smell of dead, as if dead man is sinning coming out of grave. Therefore, it is the way to have true freedom through knowing the truth this is the reason why we have to search the scriptures to abide in the words of God.
Therefore, whosoever understand this truth has to obey the truth saying, “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Even though we cannot feel physically, but we have to live by faith recognizing our sinful old man already dead, and buried.
Upon understanding this truth, we are not to obey the old man.
Upon living a new life, we are to present our sinful body unto God as the instruments of righteousness no more of unrighteousness to pay the debts unto God.
Yeah! All the words of God toward them that believed the death of Christ, and his burial and resurrection to be children of God are confirmed by in the court in heaven. As Apostle Paul testified, we have to know the truth, and recognize as we know, and believe as we recognize, and present our body by faith to be the instruments of righteousness, and we have to live as free man being nothing to do with sins.
How can the dead man complain? How the dead man judge others smelling of the corruption? The born again Christian whose old man is dead is supposed to live manifesting the love of Jesus Christ. As testified by Apostle Peter, charity shall cover the multitudes of sins (1Peter 4:8). What kind of life are you living after you are saved? Are you still embracing smelling sinful body that is already in corruption? Or are you clothed with the new man that is Jesus Christ putting off the miserable old body of sins? What about understanding the truth again, and starting a new life to be free from sins?