The Berean Expositor
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A.--They appear to me to be speaking of the same thing.
B.--Look again, and think of Root and Fruit.
A.--Yes, I see, Rom. 6: 2 says "dead to sin"--that is the root, that is the dominion
which has gone. Eph. 2: 1 speaks of being "dead to sins"--that is the outcome, the result
worked out in our lives. The one is a fact once for all accomplished. The other is a goal
towards which the whole of God's gracious work is leading.
And again, Rom. 6: 6 speaks of the old man being crucified, and the body of sin
rendered inoperative, whereas Col. 3: 9 and Eph. 4: 22 speak of his "deeds" and his
"former conversation". The old man is to be "put off" by us, but not "crucified"--that is
beyond our powers, and is the sole work of the Son of God, Who loved us and gave
Himself for us.
B.--You have answered a part of your own problem in the best possible way. You have
allowed entrance to the Word that giveth light.
A.--I thank you for throwing me back upon the Word, and not upon experiences, either
your own or that of others.
B.--That question of "experiences" is one which we must deal with separately. It lies
very near to the root of a great deal of trouble. For the time being prayerfully ponder
Rom. 6: