Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The sweet aroma of the love of Christ vs. the stench of the OSN.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Guest Speaker: Tom Cotroneo.
April 2, 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.