Emanna for 06/20/2019
First Being Buried, Then Married
Rom 7:3 ...but if the husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress, though she is joined to another man. (4) So then, my brothers, you also have been made dead to the law through the body of Christ so that you might be joined to another, to Him who has been raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit to God.
Words of Ministry
[Part 3 of 4]
...we, the believers, after being saved, have two statuses-- the old and the new. Because of the fall we are the old man, and because of regeneration we are the new man. As the old man we were the husband; as the new man we are the wife. We,
[as the old man]
, were not put to death as a result of suicide, but through the body of Christ, meaning that we died on the cross of Christ. The phrase "through the body of Christ" modifies death, indicating what sort of death it was. When Christ was crucified, we died with Him. We need to compare this with Romans 6:6, which says, "Knowing this, that our old man has been crucified with Him." No doubt, the "you" that "have been made dead to the law through the body of Christ" in 7:4 is the "old man" who "has been crucified with Him" in 6:6. In this verse Paul puts together a funeral and a wedding. On the one hand, we were buried; on the other hand, we were married. We have been made dead that we might marry another. We were made dead according to our old status that we might marry another according to our new status. According to our new status, we marry Him who has been raised from among the dead, that we might bear fruit to God. (Continued tomorrow)
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee. Life-study of Romans, pp. 143-145. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 4/24/98) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: email@example.com.