The Berean Expositor
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B.--Does it tell you anywhere in these verses to "put yourself to death"? to "crucify
yourself, or your sinful nature"?
A.--No, it rather tells me that all this is done.
B.--What does it actually say to us then?
A.--It tells us not to allow sin to reign in our mortal bodies, because the great change is
an accomplished fact. It tells us not to yield our members unto sin, but unto God, as
those who are alive from the dead. It tells us that this service is now possible because the
old man has been crucified with Christ, and that we may walk in the power of the new
B.--It appears, therefore, that we must take as actual truth the statements: "you are
dead", "you are alive unto God"?
A.--Yes, I do not see that we can do anything else with them.
B.--It appears, therefore, that the dominion of sin has been broken?
A.--Yes, the very fact that the old man is crucified leads on to the words:
henceforth we should not serve sin."
B.--Now I suggest that you proceed with Rom. 6:, still dividing between that which is
a solid fact in Christ, and that which should grow therefrom. Observe, in verse 16, that it
is assumed that you are now free to yield your service either to sin or to righteousness,
and the result of that choice is plainly set forth as fruit--either of shame or of life.
You remember that Eph. 2: 1 should read: "dead to trespasses and sins", and not
"dead in trespasses and sins".
A.--Yes, I remember that the same order of words come in I Pet. 2: 24 & Rom. 6: 10,
where the A.V. reads "dead to sins" and "dead to sin".
B.--Well, will you observe the point of difference between Rom. 6: 2 and Eph. 2: 1,
and between Rom. 6: 6 and Col. 3: 9 and Eph. 4: 22?
A.--I will read these verses together:--
"How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein" (Rom. 6: 2).
"And you being dead to trespasses and sins" (Eph. 2: 1).
"Our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed" (Rom. 6: 6).
"Ye have put off the old man, with his deeds" (Col. 3: 9).
"Ye have put off concerning the former conversation the old man" (Eph. 4: 22).
B.--Now do you see the great point of difference in these two sets of Scripture?