Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Phalllic ult is designed to quench experiential rightousness.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Thus far in Rom 6, the implication cannot be avoided that, if unhindered, the sin nature, though judged, will assert its power in the mortal body leading to temporal death.
It is also implied that its reigning is not a necessity which it would be if it were unjudged, and likewise that the responsibility is now belonging to the Christian to “let it not reign,” resulting in experiential righteousness.
Any merit system with its appeal to human works and arrogance as represented in a system of do’s and don’ts rather than grace has passed for the Christian, and those who employ this principle of walking in self-strength are defeated because of their inability to control the sin nature (7:1-25).
"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.
In a relationship we are to be comforted by our Lord - the King, our Husband that has displaced and defeated our old husband - OSN.
Because we are in union with Christ we share His life, eternal life; we share His righteousness, +R; we share His priesthood, we share His Sonship, His heirship, His destiny; His election. We also share His royalty.
We imitate the humanity of Christ in His obedience to the plan of the Father, His love of doctrine, and the filling of the HS.
agape type love means a complete absence of mental attitude sins — no jealousy, no bitterness, no vindictiveness, etc. It is a RMA that comes from the F/HS.
The perfection of Christ’s love cannot be matched by the believer, therefore we cannot return to Him perfect love. We are imperfect, we cannot love perfectly. Consequently, His love for us does not depend upon our love for Him
Therefore the love of Christ expresses itself for us always through the principle of grace. We do not earn, deserve, or work for it. Someone has worked for it, however, and that takes us right back to propitiation.
Consequently, Christ must provide a way for the believer to respond to the perfect love He has initiated from His perfect character - Doctrine is the mind of Christ, 1CO 2:16.
Doctrine has been provided for the believer as the means of responding to the love of Christ and to fulfill the principle of 1 John 4:19. “We love him because he first loved us.”
In verse 3 we have the contrast, “but”, between the fragrant aroma of the love of Christ and the stench of the OSN.
“immorality” - porneia = normal illicit sex in adultery or fornication.
“impurity” - akatharsia = abnormal illicit sex in homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality, pederasty, incest.
“greed” - pleonexia = a strong lust (material or sexual) leading to the attempt to gratify this lust and calling it happiness. A frantic search for happiness.
“even be named among you” - you never named anything without thinking it first. Don’t even let your soul be tempted with such things.
“proper” - this is not the status of the RFOG.
Finally, brethren [RFOG], whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.