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The future "we shall be" must not be taken to refer to the yet future resurrection of the
dead, but is the employment of the future for what is called "the ethical necessity", as for
"Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God" (Matt. 4: 10).
"What shall we do then?" (Luke 3: 10).
Future resurrection is, of course, implied, but the apostle is more concerned with
present "walk", and to show that its only hope of success lies in the fact of the risen life
already there in Christ at the right hand of God. Much the same course is pursued in
Col. 3:, where the fact that we have been raised with Christ is brought forward as the
incentive to set our mind on things above where Christ is, and so to mortify our members
that are upon the earth.
As we shall serve our readers best by dealing with one point at a time, and as the next
verse introduces yet a further development in the doctrine of sanctification, we will close
this present article here, having established point No. 2, namely, that sanctification,
whose sphere is newness of life, is possible only by union with Christ in His death, burial
Sanctification.---Third: a state, freedom (6: 1-14).
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We have seen in previous studies that sanctification has a sphere--"newness of life",
and a condition--"unity with the likeness of His death and resurrection"; we now
proceed to the consideration of a third feature, a state--"liberty".
Verse 6, where our study is resumed, ends with the words: "That henceforth we
should not serve sin." From this point to the close of the chapter we have many
references to "servants" (literally "slaves") who were once under an awful dominion, but
are now "free". With chapter 7: comes a change of figure, from that of a slave to that
of a married woman under the law, who is set "free" from her marriage and all its
obligations by the death of her husband. This is appropriately brought to a conclusion in
verse 6 with service "in newness of spirit".
The following passages will help us to see how prominently "freedom" and
"servitude" figure in these chapters; in each case one of the verbal forms of eleutheros is
"Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness" (Rom. 6: 18).
"For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness" (Rom. 6: 20).
"But now being made free from sin and become servants to God" (Rom. 6: 22).
"If her husband be dead, she is free from that law" (Rom. 7: 3).
"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin
and death" (Rom. 8: 2).