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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 6

Romans 6:1-8 (9)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 1 Study # 9
September 12, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:Freedom from sin is through the crucifixion of Adam with Christ.

Introduction:Last week we argued that Adam is "the old man" to which Paul referred in Romans 6:6. If we remember that the Romans were a group of people of whom Paul knew little in terms of the content of their faith, it helps us to understand his terminology. He could assume nothing beyond regeneration, and he could not even assume that in the particular (as it might apply to any specific person in the group). Therefore, he could hardly use terminology that did not have an adequate "context" for understanding on their part. So, when he used the phrase "our old man", he had to have laid a foundation for it in his prior teaching. We find that prior teaching in Romans 5 where he clearly establishes the fact that Adam is our "problem". When Adam sinned, we sinned. When Adam died, we died. That death passes upon all of us proves these claims.

Now, in Romans 6:6 Paul makes the claim that "Adam" (our "problem") was crucified together with Christ. Paul says that, in some way, this should get rid of our "problem". But, the issues are a bit more complex than simply having Adam "die". Adam "died" 930 years after he was created, but his "death" passed upon all men anyway so having him "die" does not get rid of the problem. Paul's argument is not that Adam's death solved anything for us, but that Adam's co-crucifixion with Christ solved it. And, also, in Galatians 2:20, Paul claimed that he was co-crucified with Christ -- meaning that he saw himself as "Adam".

Therefore, we are going to give further consideration of what Paul meant when he said that we are released from the dominion of sin by the co-crucifixion of our old man with Christ.


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