The Berean Expositor
Volume 23 - Page 103 of 207
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pledge that because "He lives we shall live also". The source and spring of our new life
can never fail. It is as eternal as the personal life of the Son of God.
Let us never lose hold of the one dominant fact that in all these relations we are "one",
whether it be with Adam in his sin and death, or with Christ in His righteousness and life.
In II Cor. 3: 7, 11, 13, 14 we have four times repeated the "nullifying" or "doing away"
of the Old Covenant (the word translated "destroyed" in Rom. 6:). This is followed in
II Cor. 3: by the thought of "freedom", as in Rom. 6: 6: "Where the Spirit of the Lord
is, there is liberty" (II Cor. 3: 17). This, then, is the third essential of sanctification.
In conclusion, let us again see the subject as a whole:--
(1) A SPHERE.--Newness of life.
(2) A CONDITION.--Union. Crucified with, dead with, buried with, raised with.
(3) A STATE.--Freedom.
Sanctification. How it is apprehended---"Reckon"
(6: 1-14).
pp. 164 - 168
We have now considered three different phases of sanctification. It is a new sphere of
activity: "newness of life". It is possible by virtue of a new condition: "united with
Christ." And it can only be enjoyed in a new state: "freedom from dominion."
The next enquiry is, How do these blessings become mine? Mine experimentally and
effectively and not only in purpose and in Christ?  Speaking without special
consideration, we should probably reply that it is "by faith". This is true, but what do we
mean by "faith"? In the whole of the inner section of the epistle (Rom. 5: 12 - 8: 39),
the word "faith" occurs not at all, and "believe" but once: "We believe that we shall also
live with Him" (Rom. 6: 8). This is very striking, especially if we compare the absence
of "faith" here with its presence in the outer section.
In Rom. 1: 1 - 5: 11, we have the verb pisteuo, "to believe", 9 times, and in
Rom. 9:-16:, 11 times. Pistis, "faith", occurs 26 times in the earlier, and 12 times in
the later section. There is, therefore, a total of 58 occurrences, as compared with one in
Rom. 6: 8. A glance at the structure given on page 33 will show that in the three
divisions we have the phrases: "Know ye not"; "Knowing this"; and "Knowing that".
In an earlier article (Volume XXII, page 224) we drew attention to the two words used
for "knowing", ginosko and oida, one indicating a personal acknowledgment, the other a
less personal perception, e.g.:--
"I had not acknowledged (ginosko) sin, but by the law" (Rom. 7: 7).
"I had not perceived (oida) lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet"
(Rom. 7: 7).