One Thing 11/30/17

Rom. 6: 8 , Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master 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. 11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

In verse 11 the NASB version, which is normally great, leaves out an important word that is a part of the original text. It’s the word “indeed.” The verse should read, “Even so consider yourselves dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” The word “indeed” can also be translated “truly, or surely.” The point being is that it is a word of exclamation, and affirmation. I believe that word is there because the Holy Spirit knows how hard it would be for us to believe that we died in Christ to sins power over us. Often our experience tells us that we are still trying to defeat sin, therefore it’s difficult to believe that Christ already conquered sin on our behalf at the Cross. We are New Creations because the Old slave to sin Self died in Jesus at the Cross, and we rose in Him as totally new persons, free from sins condemnation, and domination. We can still sin by choice, but not by nature. For we are in union with the divine nature of Christ. His death to sin is our death to sin, and His life of victory is our life of victory. Because of His finished work, we are indeed dead to sin, and indeed alive to God in Christ Jesus. As we believe the truth, the truth begins to manifest freedom in our lives. It’s not that our faith sets us free, because we have already been set free; but our faith allows for the manifestation the truth of our freedom in our daily experience.