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Liberated Selves

by Norman P. Grubb


So we pass through the gateway of Romans 6 via Romans 7 into Romans 8!

Romans 6 was the application of Paul’s second radical revelation about Christ on Calvary.

Galatians 1:11 I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

Galatians 4:19My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.

And the meaning of the two levels of re¬membrance at the Lord’s Supper —— the wine, symbolizing the blood shed for sinners; the broken bread, symboliz¬ing the body dead and risen for the saints. Paul ran from Damascus be¬cause, under fierce pressure, he didn’t know how to stand in a Christ—in—him for deliverance, and his friends had to help him out by a rope—basket. He was “driven” into Arabia for three years as a result. There he saw and learned identification with Christ in its full meaning only given us by Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:14,21

14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

If He hung there on the cross as us, His body represented our bodies. But what do our bodies ex¬press? The nature of its indwelling spirit, which was sin. So Paul actually said that God made His sinless Son “sin for us”. By His shed blood He “bore our sins”, which were not His, and atoned for them in His blood; but now Paul was saying He actually “was made sin” in that holy nature rep¬resenting ours, because our bodies express that sin nature and are thus “sin”.

No wonder He cried out, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” But, as Paul said, if Christ died as us expressing the spirit of sin in His body, when He died, out went that sin—spirit from His body, for a dead body has no spirit; and so out went that sin—spirit from our bodies. And into the dead body in the tomb came His own Spirit, and thus into our bodies. So Paul could say in Romans 6:10 “in that He died, He died unto sin once”, and so our bodies were annulled as occupants of sin Romans 6:6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin- and we reckon ourselves “dead indeed unto sin”.

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