Know, Reckon, Present

By Pastor Craig Phelps, January 23, 2022

Introduction: Here Paul continues to show us why willfully continuing in sin is unacceptable.

5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,

*This is the main point which centers on the and of Jesus and how it has impacted us personally.

6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.

  • Here we learn to how Christ's death has impacted us.
  • We are made of the seen and the unseen, the and the
  • (Romans 7:22-23, 1 Cor 15:50,53, Col 3:9-10, 2 Cor 5:16-17, 2 Cor 5:8 Rom 8:9-10)
  • The old man is the spiritual son of Adam who HAS BEEN with Christ.
  • The new man is the spiritual son of Christ who has arisen.
  • Our sinful bodies are rendered without but still have .
  • The man loved this sinful body.
  • The man is at war with his body.

8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,

  • Here Paul simply transitions from the topic of death to resurrection.

9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

  • Here we learn to how Christ's resurrection has impacted us.
  • The death of Jesus us from the curse of sin and death.
  • In the same way Jesus cannot die our cannot die either.

11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • Here Paul moves on from knowledge to .
  • I reckon that my sinful fleshly mortal body need not my actions anymore.
  • I reckon that as the new man I am now , connected with God, in union with God & able to please & serve Him, something the old man do.

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

  • Here Paul moves from knowledge, to reckoning to .
  • Sinful desires do not originate from the , nor from the old man (he is dead).
  • Sin originates from your flesh where it still but in Christ it need not in a position of authority.
  • The only power it has over your actions is the power you give it. (1 Cor 10:13)
  • Sin cannot take dominion or reign in the new man for he has died and sin and death no longer have in that unseen spiritual realm of the new man. (1 Cor 5:5)
  • Rather, the new man is to over the members of his body that they might be to God as useful instruments that bring Him glory.

14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.