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by Norman P. Grubb

It says here in Romans 6, verse 10, “For in that He died, He died unto sin once.” It doesn’t say “for sin” there—it says, “UNTO sin.” “He died unto sin.” In other words, when they nailed Him there was a willing sacrifice, He died for the world. The world could say no more to Him. And the flesh could say no more to Him. Sin could say no more to Him. He had died unto it. And He rose again to a new life.

Now in God’s sight, God sees me, as a believer, as one who has died there in Christ. Died unto sin. Then, later on, risen with Christ. And therefore it says here that I’m to reckon myself as one who has died and was buried with Christ. Now, brother and sister, we’ve got to tackle that because the fact is that most of us haven’t believed that. Most of us in our hearts say, “it’s a theory.” We have not believed it. We have not utterly and finally believed it to the point that we have actually experienced it, that we really are so cut off from sin, the world, and the flesh, that they have no right to us. We’re cut right off from sin, the world, and the flesh. Crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Crucified from the world. Died unto sin. Cut off in His death and burial. That’s a strong statement. But that’s what God’s Word says. A very great number never believe it. It took me a long time to believe that.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “The Liberated Self”