Saturday, March 27, 2010

Romans - Chapter Six, ME GENOITO

ME GENOITO - pronounced "may ge-noi-taw Rom 6:1
With emphatic exclamation so much so that the KJV translators expressed it as "GOD FORBID." though probably literally meaning "NOT SHOULD THIS COME TO BE" or as the NASB "MAY IT NEVER BE."

In CHAPTER SIX we make a transition from Justification by Faith to the Holy Spirit's Sanctifying work in the life of the Believer.

We have been learning of CHRIST FOR US. What he did in our place, as our saviour, as our representative, dying in payment of our sins, bearing our sins in his body upon the cross, making full and complete payment for all the judgment due us on account of our sins. CHRIST FOR US in his perfect law-keeping life. Fulfilling all righteousness as our representative.

Now in Chapter Six we begin to read of CHRIST IN US. From justification we transition to sanctification.

JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION are TWO SEPARATE blessing which are part of one SO GREAT SALVATION. They are two distinct and separate things and we must not mix them and confuse them as if they were one thing. For example: thinking that our title to heaven is secured for us based on HOW we cooperate and grow in holiness. Thinking that we merit heaven through our WHOLE life lived in holiness. THAT WOULD BE TO CONFOUND JUSTIFICATION WITH SANCTIFICATION.

But though these two, Justification and Sanctification, are Separate things -- YET THEY ARE INSEPARABLE.

See how the Apostle by the Holy Spirit of God answers verse one with a ME GENOITO:

KJV Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?


The justified believer is being sanctified.

Involves more than a mere moral reformation of character, brought about by the power of the truth: it is the work of the Holy Spirit bringing the whole nature more and more under the influences of the new gracious principles implanted in the soul in regeneration. In other words, sanctification is the carrying on to perfection the work begun in regeneration, and it extends to the whole man (Rom 6:13; 2Co 4:6; Col 3:10; 1Jo 4:7; 1Co 6:19). It is the special office of the Holy Spirit in the plan of redemption to carry on this work (1Co 6:11; 2Th 2:13).
Faith is instrumental in securing sanctification, inasmuch as it
(1.) secures union to Christ (Gal 2:20), and
(2.) brings the believer into living contact with the truth, whereby he is led to yield obedience “to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come.”
Perfect sanctification is not attainable in this life (1Ki 8:46; Pro 20:9; Ecc 7:20; Jam 3:2; 1Jo 1:8). See Paul's account of himself in Rom 7:14-25; Phi 3:12-14; and 1Ti 1:15; also the confessions of David (Psa 19:12, Psa 19:13; 51), of Moses (Psa 90:8), of Job (Job 42:5, Job 42:6), and of Daniel (Dan. 9:3-20). “The more holy a man is, the more humble, self-renouncing, self-abhorring, and the more sensitive to every sin he becomes, and the more closely he clings to Christ. The moral imperfections which cling to him he feels to be sins, which he laments and strives to overcome. Believers find that their life is a constant warfare, and they need to take the kingdom of heaven by storm, and watch while they pray. They are always subject to the constant chastisement of their Father's loving hand, which can only be designed to correct their imperfections and to confirm their graces. And it has been notoriously the fact that the best Christians have been those who have been the least prone to claim the attainment of perfection for themselves.”, Hodge's Outlines.
[M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, 1897, e-sword, Sanctification.]

SO: Abhor such a conclusion as this - "sin that grace may abound:"
Those opinions that give any countenance to sin, or open a door to practical immoralities, how specious and plausible soever they be rendered, by the pretension of advancing free grace, are to be rejected with the GREATEST ABHORRENCE.
[Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, Vol VI, McDonald Publishing, P. 402.]

KJV Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;

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