259 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 2 - Part 3 - Book 22 - Romans 6:1-14

259: Romans 6:1-14 – Lesson 2 Part 3 Book 22

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 2 * PART 3 * BOOK 22

ROMANS 6:1-14

Now let’s get down to the subject at hand, and that would be in Romans Chapter 6, and this whole idea of overcoming the old sin nature, old Adam, and to enter into this new life which, of course, is what Christianity is all about. Christianity is not a religion, it’s not just something that we work for, it is something that is all accomplished by the Grace of God and by His power, and that alone. Now let’s review verse 6 and come right on into verse 7.

Romans 6:6a

“Knowing this, that our old man (the old nature) is crucified (put to death)…:

Let’s stop and qualify. When Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, and God had made only one stipulation, one responsibility, and that was not to eat of that one tree, God said:

Genesis 2:16,17

“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, `Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.'”

Now I call that the very first fundamental law in Scripture. Then it’s repeated in Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 18:4

“Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Then Paul in that classic third Chapter of Romans tells us:

Romans 3:23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

And so God has mandated that as soon as Adam sinned, and as soon as every son of Adam has sinned, what has to be the result? Death! And there is no getting around it. The soul that sinneth has to die. It’s a command of God, but God gave mankind what we call a loophole. Yes we have to die, but we do not have to die in ourselves, we can take Christ’s death as our substitution. And so this is the whole concept then of Salvation, and that is, yes, we have to die because we’re sinners, but if we will just simply believe the Gospel, then Christ’s death takes our place. That’s what we call the substitutionary death of Christ. He took my place, and He took yours. So that’s why Paul has to teach that the old Adam has to be crucified, he has to be put to death because he’s a sinner. Now let’s read on.

Romans 6:7

“For he that is dead is freed from sin (or old Adam).”

I used to have two judges in my classes years ago, and one of them has since passed away, and when we would come to something like this, then naturally it always helped to get the feedback from somebody who has firsthand knowledge on these things. And when we would come to this idea that old Adam had to die in order to be broken from any relationship in the future, then I would use the analogy, especially with one of these judges in the class, by saying, “Now look, you have someone up for murder, and you’ve gone all the way through the trial process, and it’s evident that he was guilty. In fact, you can almost bet that the jury is going to vote to put him to death, but what if about a week before it’s all over the guy dies? He’s dead, then what?” Well, you all know how those judges answered. The trial’s over. It’s all done, because you don’t try a dead man. Even though he was as guilty as can be there is nothing you can do once he dies. Well, it’s the same way with regard to old Adam, the only way we can separate ourselves from that old Adamic nature is to put old Adam to death. And the moment that he dies, he loses that control over us. Have you got the picture? And that’s exactly what verse 7 is saying.

Romans 6:7

“For he that is dead (been crucified) is now freed from sin (old Adam).”

And until old Adam is put to death, he reigns as a king. Now verse 8, so Paul is building all of this for our own information to increase our faith of where we are as believers.

Romans 6:8

“Now if we be dead with Christ (if we have identified with that death then that’s when we died, and that all comes by faith when we believe the Gospel), we believe that we shall also live with him:”

So it isn’t a matter of being put to death, and then it’s over, but when old Adam is put to death then life really begins. So it all begins when we enter into this new relationship with God as part and parcel of our everyday existence and experiences. Now let’s move on to verse 9; we’re going to make a little headway today.

Romans 6:9

“Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.”

Now this is another concept that we have to get locked into our thinking. Christ did not have to die over and over again. Let’s turn back to the Book of Hebrews for a moment, because there is one word back there that I want people to never forget, and it’s the word “ONCE.” Here in Hebrews, we find Paul has been referring back to Aaron’s priesthood in Israel, and here in verse 27 he’s speaking of those priests.

Hebrews 7:27

“Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins (that is now referring to Christ compared to the Jewish high priest), and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. Now turn on over to Chapter 9, and let’s begin with verse 11.

Hebrews 9:11,12

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building (or creation, in other words, speaking of the One in Heaven); Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

That finished it, that settled it. It’s so sad as we move through the active world around us, and we see these multitudes of people, and all their fast lane living. And they think no further than this life. They never think of eternity, they never think in terms of God, and His Word, and they never come to realize that everything has already been done on their behalf if they would just believe the Gospel for their Salvation. (Ref: I Corinthians 15:1-4) If they had requirements that were almost impossible to reach then it would be a different story, but that’s not what they have to do. All they have to do is believe the Gospel, and God’s will take care of the so-called hard decisions. Now let’s also look at verse 25 and 26.

Hebrews 9:25-26

“Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others (the animals); For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world (age) hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” Now I have one more here in Hebrews, and that will be in Chapter 10:

Hebrews 10:10-13

“By the which will we are sanctified (or set apart) through the offering of the body (not the Church which is His Body, but rather His physical body of flesh) of Jesus Christ once for all(never to have to be done again). And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man (Jesus Christ), after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

For how long? Forever. Now I would like to show you a verse I promised to share with you in our last lesson. And this is the dilemma that the world is in, and that we’re up against, as we commiserate with them. So come back to II Corinthians Chapter 4, and my lands, if this doesn’t say it all, I don’t know what does. I think God isn’t willing that we get flustered or get discouraged, or give up, and I guess I’m as tempted as anyone at times. But let’s just realize what we’re up against as we think of the unsaved world, unconcerned, living their life only for today with no thought for eternity, and here’s their problem.

II Corinthians 4:3

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost.”

Again, I was thinking the other day that maybe the world out there doesn’t understand what the Scripture means when it says that they are lost, and I’m afraid there are too many who do not. But the Lord Himself many times used earthly analogies, and one He used so many times was the sheep. We know a sheep would not last 48 hours out in a wilderness without the protection of the shepherd. They have no means of self-defense, no way to defend themselves. They’re dumb. They’re lost the minute you turn them loose, and again as I was thinking about this, I pictured a sheep out in the middle of the Sahara Desert. How long would that critter last? Well, maybe hours at the most. There may not be as many wild animals out there as there would be in some other area, but whatever, when you find a sheep out in that kind of circumstance where death lurks at any moment, what is he? He’s lost! He’s helpless and lost, and that’s exactly what the Scripture is talking about.

This is mankind without Salvation, they are lost, they are without any direction in life, they have no anchor, they have no real solid principles. The old Adamic nature is ruling and reigning like a king, but they’re lost. Now that’s exactly what the word `lost’ means as it’s used here in verse 3. They have no idea that they’re lost, and neither does a sheep until it’s too late, and then he can’t do anything about it. Now verse 4, and here is the crucial dilemma.

II Corinthians 4:4

“In whom the god (Satan) of this world (remember what Ephesians 2 said in the last lesson. That they are steeped in deadness, and the works of the flesh. It’s the same thing here – Satan) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not. lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

The reason they can’t believe The Word is because Satan has them totally blinded. Now you want to remember that you don’t have to be in total darkness to be blinded. As I get older, I’m realizing that night driving isn’t as simple as it used to be because lights blind me more than they used to. So what can blind you? A bright light, and that’s what happens to a lot of people of this world who are lost. The things of this world are so bright, and so glistening, and so attractive, but it’s blinding them. The glorious Gospel of Christ is there for them, but they cannot see it. Now back to Romans Chapter 6, and reading verse 9 again.

Romans 6:9,10

“Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once (He died to take care of that old Adamic nature of mankind once): but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.”

Romans 6:11

“Likewise (what does that mean? That puts us into that same category, so likewise) reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Now I’m going to say something that a lot of people aren’t going to like, but it’s the truth of Scripture. When we became believers, those of you who are genuine children of God, you’re believers, you’ve accepted the Gospel and it’s power for your Salvation; do you know that’s when we were really given the free will? See, the lost person out there doesn’t have as much freedom as he thinks he does. He’s entwined in the spider web of the Devil, the flesh, and the world. He’s all wrapped up, and only the power of God can break that. But once the power of God breaks that binding force of the lost person he’s set free, and this is the freedom that Paul expounds on. Now if we’re going to have true freedom, what’s that going to do to the exercise of our will? Hey, that leaves it with us. But look at this word here in verse 11:

Romans 6:11a

“Likewise reckon…”

What does that mean? Come to a mental conclusion. You have this freedom now. It isn’t something that’s commanded, or demanded or has already been done, but rather now it’s left with our free will that we’re going to have to come to some place of decision even as a believer. Are we going to live spiritual lives or are we going to live carnal, fleshly lives? Yes, it’s possible for a Christian to make that kind of choice. The admonition of course is to be led of the Spirit, to live profitable lives, and to bring honor, and glory to the God of glory by keeping old Adam in subjection. But you have that free will, God has not taken that away from the believer. Reading on:

Romans 6:11

“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin (old Adam) but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” In other words you believed, and understand all that the Gospel has done for you. Now look at the next verse:

Romans 6:12

“Let (implies choice) not sin (old Adam) reign (like a king. Now of course this is the dilemma with a lot of unhappy believers. They’re miserable. Why? Because old Adam is still controlling them, he doesn’t have to. And the implication from Scripture is, choose to be a spirit-filled believer, and not a fleshly-minded believer. But still a believer. Now reading on. Don’t let sin reign) in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”

Can it happen? Sure it can. Now God is not pleased when this happens, and the first thing I have to do is remind people when they say, “Well then, they are no longer saved.” I always say, “Now wait a minute.” If a true believer is going fool around in sin, and bring reproach upon the name of Christ, the first thing God will do is discipline him. That’s over in Hebrews just as plain as day.

Hebrews 12:6-9

“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?”

God doesn’t chasten the unbeliever, but He will chasten the believer if he starts dabbling in sin. If the chastening doesn’t wake him up, and bring him to par then what will God do? Take him out. We call that the sin unto death, and Paul certainly teaches that. (Ref: I Corinthians 5:1-5) Let’s just read verse 5: This is a story about a believer who was committing a terrible sin.

I Corinthians 5:5

“To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

I think it’s rather sobering that we as believers had better be aware that if we start being obnoxious in our Christian behavior then God is going to spank. And God is the originator of discipline, He knows how. You know there are a lot of child psychologists that try to tell the parents how to discipline. You talk to them first, and then talk a little stronger second, and maybe send them to their room. Only when things get real tough do you give them that spanking on their little rear which is the real discipline. Well, God knows how to do all that better. So He will begin with discipline, and if discipline won’t do it, then He’s going to give us a good old whipping. And if that doesn’t do it, then we’re out of here, and I’ve seen it happen where a believer just refuses to come back, and bring honour to the glory of God, and just that quick they’re gone. Now I certainly don’t believe they were lost. I believe that God took them out for a purpose so that they would no longer bring reproach to His name. God will not permit His name to be dragged by a believer through the mud of this world. Let’s close with verse 13.

Romans 6:12,13a

“Let not sin therefore reign (like a king) in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield (it’s a choice word again. Are we going to keep old Adam under subjection? Are we going to let Christ, and His Spirit reign like a king? Or are we going to give old Adam free reign, and let him reign like a king?)…”

258 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 2 - Part 2 - Book 22 - Grace Much More Abounds

258: Grace Much More Abounds – Lesson 2 Part 2 Book 22

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 2 * PART 2 * BOOK 22

GRACE MUCH MORE ABOUNDS

Back to Romans Chapter 6. We have the same kind of language so we’ll read verse 3 as we go into verse 4.

Romans 6:3

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ (that was the work of the Holy Spirit. Ref. I Corinthians 12:13) were baptized into his death?”

Remember the Gospel, that Christ died for our sins, that He was buried, and that He arose again from the dead. Now that’s the Gospel, and we have to go through that spiritually at least in the mind of God, and we experience it by faith, that when He died, we died. As He was buried, we also were buried. And as He arose from the grave, we arose in newness of life. And as I said in the last lesson, this goes way beyond what water baptism can do. This is the work of the Almighty Himself, and now verse 4:

Romans 6:4

“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

Now I don’t know of any denomination that teaches that when they baptize you with water, they are baptizing you into death. Most are baptizing you into the Church, or into the denomination, but you see this is into something far different. Now this means that Christ was really dead. He proved that by being in the tomb for three days and three nights. He was really dead, and the same thing has to happen to us in the realm of old Adam. Old Adam has to die, and we have to be sure he’s dead, and so as He died, we died in the mind of God. He saw us in the tomb, and that’s the baptism He speaks of in verse 4. That again as we were engulfed in that three days in the tomb experience of Christ Himself, so also we have died, and we’ll see that in more detail in the Book of Romans.

Now, in order for us to experience the resurrection from the grave we naturally had to go into it. But we’re not going to stay there any more than Christ did, we are resurrected out of it. Turn for a moment to the Book of Ephesians. Because this a theme Paul never drops all through his epistles, he’s always hammering this home. That Christ died for our sins, and that as He died, we have to die, and out of that death we get new eternal life. Now let’s look at Ephesians Chapter 2 for a moment. Paul always writes to believers. I’m forever telling you Paul always writes to believers, and to make my point let’s flip back to Ephesians Chapter 1.

Ephesians 1:1

“PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:” See this is to every believer, and every believer according to Scripture is a saint. So these Pauline letters all start basically the same way, and that’s where I get it that Paul writes only to the believer. Now on to Chapter 2, and see how this all fits together.

Ephesians 2:1

“AND you (as a believer) hath (it’s already done) he quickened, (made alive with eternal life) who were dead in trespasses and sins;” In other words, the unsaved world in all their activity as they go barreling up and down these freeways, and as they are in their offices, and all their fast lane experiences – what are they? They’re dead! It’s a world full of dead people; not physically dead, but spiritually dead. They are wrapped up in the spider web of Satan, and I’ll show you a verse for that in just a moment.

Ephesians 2:2,3

“Wherein (in that life of sin) in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all (you and I, every believer has come out of that kind of lifestyle) had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”

Back in the forties or fifties there was a popular song which went something like, “Doing what comes naturally.” When you do what comes naturally, who are you abiding by? The old nature under the control of Satan. But then we have the flip side in verse 4:

Ephesians 2:4

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,”

The flip side is we are no longer in that lifestyle. Now because of God’s Grace and His mercy, we are experiencing His love. Back to Romans 6. So we have be engulfed into the very death of Christ Himself. We have to identify with that. Old Adam has to die, and we have to be separated from him. Verse 4 again:

Romans 6:4

“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so (in the same manner) we also should walk in newness of life.”

A verse comes to mind in II Corinthians that we can use here. These are concepts that not too many people are hearing, and yet it’s so fundamental to our Christian plan of Salvation.

II Corinthians 5:17,18

“Therefore if any man be in (positional term. That person who has been baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body) Christ, he is a new creature (creation is a better word than creature, because our Salvation is a work of creation, a work of the power of God): old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

“And all things are of God (as a believer don’t ever get the idea that you’re going to have a rose petal pathway. No way, we’re going to have just as many trials and tests as the world. The only difference is we have a stabilizing power that’s going to see us through it), who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us (it’s our responsibility to share this with those around us) the ministry of reconciliation;”

Now come back to Romans again. So now we have been raised from the dead even as Christ was, we are now quickened, we have been given new life, we’ve been given a whole new set of principles and values, and then in verse 5 he’s going to explain it with even a more simple explanation. And he’s going to do that by using the word “Planted.” This may give away my age, but how many of you remember the old radio comedy team of Fibber McGee and Molly, one of the characters of their program was the old undertaker. Remember that? His name was Digger O’Dell, and I can’t help but think of old Digger every time I see this verse, because he was always going out to plant somebody. We used to laugh at that, but it was so Scripturally true. That’s just exactly what we do when we take a loved one to the cemetery who’s a believer. And if the Lord tarries long enough and I go the way of the cemetery, they’re going to do the same thing with me; they’re going to plant me. That’s exactly what Paul is alluding to, and that is, when the body is placed in the earth in death, it’s waiting for the resurrection day. And out of that death will come resurrection life, and that’s why he uses the term. I’m going to take you back, and Jesus used the same analogy. Alright, verse 5 …

Romans 6:5

“For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death (what he’s talking about? The tomb. If we have been in the tomb as He was; if we have been buried because we’re dead, and old Adam is now crucified, here’s the guarantee), we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:”

Just as surely as He rose from the dead, then one day we will also, if we have to go that route. I’m trusting that before that happens The Lord is going to come, and we’re going to be out of here. (Ref. I Thessalonians 4:13-18) Now verse 6, and here Paul is going to recap. How is all of this possible? What’s he talking about?

Romans 6:6a

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him,…”

What does crucifixion do? It puts to death, it kills. Turn for a moment to John Chapter 12, and I’m going to show you that Paul is not out in left field with all of this. He’s following right in the concept of Christ Himself as He spoke just before He was crucified. Here it’s building up for the week of Passover, and there are multitudes of Jews who have come in from the then-known world for this Feast of Passover. But just as when we go to Israel, we like to go down to the Wailing Wall, and watch the carrying on of these Jews at their Wailing Wall, I imagine that it was pretty much the same way back then. Some Gentiles may have been visiting Jerusalem on business, and so forth, because I personally don’t think these Greeks were proselytes, but probably just curiosity seekers, and they had been hearing about this Jesus of Nazareth, and all the miracles that He had been performing. Let’s start at verse 20. It picks up with these Gentiles in the midst of all these Jews.

John 12:20,21

“And there were certain Greeks (Gentiles) among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same (Gentiles, and we don’t know how many there were) came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, `Sir, we would see Jesus.'”

We would like to talk to this fellow. My we’ve heard a lot about Him. You know Philip had a hot potato, and he didn’t know exactly how to handle it because he knew that Jesus had nothing to do with Gentiles (Ref. Matthew 10:5) for three years, with but two exceptions, and they were tough ones. So Philip was wondering how he was going to handle this. Philip knows Jesus isn’t going to see a Gentile so he cops out by taking the problem over to Andrew.

John 12:22

“Philip cometh and telleth Andrew (can’t you just picture that conversation? And I can hear old Andrew tell Philip, “Now wait a minute Philip, we can’t take this responsibility on ourselves, we had better at least go in and ask Him.” So Philip and Andrew pick their way through the crowd and find Jesus.): and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.”

John 12:23,24

“And Jesus answered them (Philip, and Andrew), saying (bring them in? Take me to them? No!), `The hour is come (probably within 48 hours before He would be on the Cross), that the Son of man should be glorified (speaking of His death, burial, and Resurrection). Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn (kernel) of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.'”

Now what’s He talking about? If you take that kernel of wheat, and leave it in a granary some place it will never reproduce, but rather what does it have to do? It has to be planted, and when you plant something then you’re burying it. Now as a result of that burial, the moisture, the sunshine, and all the activity in nature, what happens to that kernel of wheat? It dies, it rots, but out of that death will come that new green shoot. Out of that little green shoot will come the stem, and maybe a hundred kernels. Now Jesus is using that simple illustration in reference to His own death, burial, and Resurrection. That unless He is to die, and spend those three days and nights in the grave, and be resurrected from the dead, then there would be no Salvation for those Greeks. See, He’s already looking forward to the time when the Gospel (Ref I Corinthians 15:1-4) would go to the Gentiles.

I know a lot of people don’t understand this, but all the way from Genesis Chapter 12 to the Apostle Paul there were precious few Gentiles that had access to Salvation. There were a few exceptions, such as the city of Nineveh, Ruth, the Moabites, and Rahab, but for the most part it was Jew only, and Paul makes that plain in the Book of Ephesians Chapter 2. In fact, let’s look at it for a moment so I can show you what I’m talking about. Again Paul is writing to the Gentile believers at Ephesus, and in that area of the world.

Ephesians 2:11,12

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands (in other words, the Jew would refer to the Gentiles as uncircumcised); That at that time (when God was dealing with the Circumcision only, the Jew, and the Circumcision had no time for the Gentiles in spiritual things) ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel (that left them out of the Covenant promise of Israel) and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:”

Now that was the lot of those Greeks. But they weren’t without hope, because what was soon to take place? His death, burial, and His Resurrection, and then as He would come forth from the grave just like that wheat that would grow up, it wouldn’t just come up with one kernel, but many. So this is the whole concept of Scripture, and that is this whole idea of death, burial, and Resurrection, and I think that is why God has saturated nature with it. Every place we look we are reminded of death, burial, and resurrection. As we live in a temperate climate the seasons speak of it, we go into winter, and everything is dead, and dormant. But come springtime we have new life. See, that’s resurrection life, and I think that’s the reason The Lord planned to have Easter, as we call it, in the springtime. And of course that’s what gave Satan the option to adulterate Easter, but nevertheless we’re to look beyond the adulteration of Satan, and look at the truth of Scripture that everything is wrapped up in His death, burial, and Resurrection. Now come back to Romans Chapter 6, and completing verse 6:

Romans 6:6

“Knowing this, that our old man (old Adam or sin nature) is crucified with him (that’s when our old Adam was crucified, and that was when Christ was. A lot of people can’t understand what we have to do with Someone who died 2000 years ago, and that’s a logical question. But it has everything to do with us today, because you see it was God Himself Who was there on the Cross. And God’s eternal. With God 2000 years is like a snap of the finger. So far as He’s concerned, His death, burial and Resurrection was almost contemporary with us), that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

The thought I want to leave as we wind down this lessons is this. Every believer of all the ages God saw in Christ. I mean that’s one of the miracles of Scriptures. This is one of the miracles of Salvation, that regardless of whether it was Adam or the last person that will find Salvation at the end of time as we know it, everyone of them God saw in the person of Christ as He hung on that Cross.

257 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 2 - Part 1 - Book 22 - Where Sin Abounds

257: Where Sin Abounds – Lesson 2 Part 1 Book 22

Through the Bible with Les Feldick

LESSON 2 * PART 1 * BOOK 22

WHERE SIN ABOUNDS

Let’s get back into Romans Chapter 5, verses 20, and 21. As I teach the Old Testament, especially Genesis and the Book of Revelation, there is no problem keeping people’s interest. But when you start teaching in a book like Romans, people are not as excited. They should be because this is where we are. But I will say that the response from our television audience has been almost as good as it was when we were teaching the exciting Book of Revelation. My, I had a call from the state of Indiana the other day, and this fellow couldn’t say enough for what Romans was doing for him.

Romans 5:20

“Moreover the law entered, that the offence (the fall, the sin) might abound (sounds like the Law caused sin to abound doesn’t it? It wasn’t that the Law caused people to sin more, butthe Law caused people to realize how sinful they were. We’re not sinners because we break the Law, but rather we break the Law because we’re sinners. Our whole sin problem began with Adam, we have inherited it; so the very nature of mankind is to be sinful. When the Law came in all it could do was show man how sinful he really was. That is what Paul is trying to drive home in these chapters). But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:”

I like to call this three letter word `sin’ singular, the old Adam, or the old sin nature. Never lose sight of that, and you won’t do any violence to Scripture if you use it synonymous as such.

Romans 5:20b

“…But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:”

Go back into human history, or even in our own present day. When you read of the horrendous atrocities that armed forces can commit against their enemy. How can they do that? Take the country of Yugoslavia. How can these young men from one area of the world that are fighting against their enemies lose all sense of morality. They think any female is free game for their animal appetite, and nobody seems to try to take that appetite away from them; they appear to have full liberty. In fact I read the statement of one general of a bygone time. He said, “Well that’s just one of the privileges of being a foot soldier.” Where do they get such thinking? Why do these young men suddenly lose everything that they must have learned at their momma’s knee? It’s that old sin nature, and everyone of us, as we saw back in Romans Chapters 1 and 2, are capable of those same things. I tried to explain in Chapter 3, when the old sin nature is exposed for what it really is, and God says, “we are all sinners,” then we must stop and realize that under like circumstances we would probably be prone to do the same thing.

During my own service days, back in basic training (I was older than most of the kids that were coming in), these seventeen year-olds, especially, would be doing things I just knew they didn’t do back home. I would ask them about it once in a while. “Did you do this at home?” They would answer, “Oh no!” “Well, why do you do it here?” I asked. They replied, “Because nobody knows me here.” Isn’t that the perfect answer? Even the unbeliever can be inhibited by virtue of his surroundings, his circumstances, his parental influence, and the influence of community. But you put them in a totally strange environment, away from home, and the old Adam has free course. See, this is just what happens then when soldiers of an invading army can just pillage a community and rape the women, and seemly it doesn’t bother them. That’s the old Adam. And every one of us before we were saved would have been capable of those same things, because that’s where the human race is coming from. So this is what Paul is trying to show, that the old Adam abounds with sin, but where sin abounds the Grace of God is always greater.

Romans 5:21

“That as sin (the old Adam) hath reigned (like a king) unto death, even so might grace reign…”

Like a king. We have these two alternatives. We can either let old Adam rule supreme, or we can let the Grace of God come in and overwhelm old Adam. God’s grace rules supreme, and that’s where the matter of choice comes in. God will not force anybody, so we should never try to force these things down anyone’s throat. That’s not the way it’s supposed to work. As The Lord creates interest in them, and they begin to ask questions, we should be ready with all the Scriptures at our command, and then be able to bring them to a knowledge of what The Book is trying to say.

Romans 5:21

“That as sin (old Adam) hath reigned unto death (misery. Look at the world’s misery caused by Old Adam), even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”

I maintain that this is a narrow Book, and Christianity is a narrow concept. Christianity doesn’t reach out and say, “If you’re a Muslim, or any other religion you can still profess Christianity.” That doesn’t work, because the Scripture says, “There is no other name given under Heaven among men whereby we must be saved.” That makes it very narrow doesn’t it? Yet it’s absolute. You know I’ve been stressing the absoluteness of The Word of God, and I always like to stress that this Book stands head and shoulders above any other religious book in this world, because it’s the only Book on earth that tells the future, hundreds and thousands of years in advance. It has been fulfilled so far, and the rest will be. There is not another book on earth that can do that. The Bible is absolute, and we can trust it. Grace abounds more even where sin abounds.

Romans 6:1,2a

“WHAT shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin (shall we continue to let old Adam have his way and reign as king?), that grace may abound? God forbid….”

Don’t even think such a thought. Now if I understand Greek correctly the term `God’ isn’t even in verse 2. It’s rather “banish the thought.” Just because God’s Grace is so overwhelming that we are now free to do as we please, let old Adam control us, and God will somehow take care of it. If you explain to some curiosity seeker that the Grace of God is greater than all our sins, that we’re not under any demands of the Law, but rather we’re living under Grace, they will shake their heads, and say, “Well you’re telling me that you can do whatever you want to do, and God’s Grace will take care of it?” No, I’ve never taught that. In fact I’ve told my classes now for over 25 years that “Grace is not license.” Grace is not license; it doesn’t give us the freedom to do as we please; it just simply changes our appetites, and our motives. But beginning here in Romans 3:7 Paul was up against the same thing.

Romans 3:7-9

“For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) [We are being falsely accused of this very thing that when we proclaim the Grace of God as being so great, and so free, then they accuse us of saying, “Well you can just do as you please because the Grace of God will take care of it.” But look at Paul’s answer] Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just. What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise; for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin (and under His Grace);” Now Chapter 6 again. Paul says:

Romans 6:1b,2

“…Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid (and here is the reason), How shall we, that are dead to sin (old Adam), live any longer therein?” When did our old Adam die? The moment we believed the Gospel. God reckoned him dead, crucified. See that’s what Paul meant in Galatians Chapter 2.

Galatians 2:20

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

Now the whole work of the Gospel in the hearts of men is that we can put old Adam on the Cross, reckon him as dead, no longer ruling as a king; he is kaput, and now we have Christ living and reigning in His Grace. Now verse 3: Here is where I’ll probably run into a buzz saw of controversy, but I’m going to teach it as I feel The Lord has led me to, although it’s completely opposite of what I used to practice years and years ago. I used this verse just as much as anybody to convince people of water baptism, but I suddenly saw that this goes way beyond water baptism. And all I ask people to do is not take my word for it, but open their eyes, and take off the blinders of tradition, and look at what The Book says.

Romans 6:3

“Know ye not, that so many of us were baptized into (not the Church, not a denomination, but rather baptized into) Jesus Christ (water can’t do that, water can’t put anybody into the Body of Christ, and I can prove that from Scripture. This has to be the work of the Spirit of God. It will break down if you try to make this teach water baptism) were baptized into his death?”

Let’s look at some references. Turn with me first to I Corinthians Chapter 12, and look what The Book says (regardless of what I say). Here is Paul’s use of the word which is strictly Pauline. Now when I use the word `Pauline’ I hope everybody understands I mean that which came from the pen of the Apostle Paul. This is a Pauline term, “The Body of Christ.” In Ephesians 1, he makes it so plain as he uses the, “Body of Christ, and the Church which is His Body.” It’s the same concept here in I Corinthians Chapter 12, except in verse 12 he’s using the human body as an example.

I Corinthians 12:12

“For as the body (this human body) is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are (still) one body (now he’s talking about this body – we have eyes, fingers, toes, hands, legs, the whole body, and all of its members are still singular in its purpose. They are singular in their nerve endings. If you strike your thumb with a hammer, the whole body will hurt, not just the thumb, because it all goes to that central nervous system. Paul is using that as an example. And look what he says at the end of the verse): so also is Christ.

He is the Head of the Body which is composed of many members. Now I know there are some that just ridicule this idea of the so-called Body of Christ as being an invisible entity, but the Scriptures don’t. The Scripture teaches it, especially in Paul’s writings, that we now become members of the Body of Christ of which He is the Head in Heaven, and we’re the Body still here on the earth. How did we become then a member of the Body of Christ? How did we get into that organism? Well we didn’t sign up for it, some preacher didn’t baptize you into it. But first you had to believe the Gospel (Ref. I Corinthians 15:1-4), and the Holy Spirit automatically and immediately the moment we believe did what’s in verse 13:

I Corinthians 12:13

“For by one Spirit (see how clear that is? And it’s capitalized so it’s the Holy Spirit) are we (what’s the next word?) all baptized into one body,…” That doesn’t mean everybody is going to be saved. Paul only writes to believers, so when he says all, he’s not including the lost, but rather every believer.

“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into (not a local Church or denomination, but into) one body,…”

Now that’s an act of God, that’s something that we can’t put our hands on. That’s in the area of the invisible again. When we started our study in Romans, I put all the things on the blackboard that God did the moment we believed. And I said that everyone of them are such that you can’t put your fingers on them. You can’t see them, or touch them, but we know they happened. How? By faith. Because The Book says so that this is what God did, and we believe it. I can’t look back and say I could feel when the Holy Spirit put me into the Body, or that others saw it happen. No, I can’t say that, and neither can you. But we know it happened because The Book says it did. The moment that every child of God believes, the Holy Spirit baptizes them into the Body of Christ.

Now the word `baptized’ in the Greek, even in classic Greek such as Homer would use, the word “Baptizo” many times would refer to a ship being sunk at sea. So what did the word really imply? Well, I always like to use the phrase “totally engulfed,” When something was baptizoed, when something was baptized it was totally engulfed. That didn’t always mean by water, and in the spiritual realm it could mean a lot of things. In other words, Israel, coming out of Egypt was spoken of as being baptized unto Moses. What does that mean? The Nation of Israel was totally engulfed in Moses’ leadership. And when we speak of something being baptized it’s again meaning that it’s totally engulfed by it. For example:

I Corinthians 12:13a

“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body,…” We were totally engulfed, we weren’t just set up on the edge someplace, but rather we were engulfed in all this. Let’s finish this verse and then let’s turn to the Book of Colossians for a moment.

I Corinthians 12:13

“For by one Spirit are we all (every believer, not just the most spiritual) baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” Now let’s turn to Colossians Chapter 3, and see where that puts us. Here’s where this baptism puts us as we’re in the Body, and here is our position tonight as believers.

Colossians 3:3

“For ye are dead (old Adam), and your life (that which took the place of Old Adam, that new creation) is hid with Christ (where) in God.”

See how plain that is? So the moment we believed, we were placed into the Body of Christ, and that Body of Christ is hid in God. And that gives me another loaded shell for my security of a person that is genuinely saved. There is no one that can get at us there. Now let’s back up in Colossians in Chapter 1. All of these things took place by virtue of the Holy Spirit baptizing us, engulfing us again in the Body of Christ, into the very core of God’s being, even while He is still in Heaven, and we’re still on the earth, yet our position is there. Here Paul has been praying on behalf of the Colossi believers. And he comes down to the end of his prayer in verse 12.

Colossians 1:12,13

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet (or prepared us) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who (speaking of God the Father) hath (past tense)delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into (See that position? Just like being baptized, engulfed by) the kingdom of his dear Son:”

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ROMANS CHAPTER 5

Now as we begin our last lesson for today, I trust that you are studying with us. Iris and I hope that every one of you have an interest in reading your Bible, understanding it, and hopefully coming to a knowledge of Salvation because that’s why this Book is given to the human race: that we can be brought back into a fellowship with The Creator. In the last lesson we commented on verse 15 and 16, so let’s read them once again before going into verse 17.

Remember, Paul wrote as he was moved by the Holy Spirit. I’ve always stressed Paul’s Apostleship for the Church Age as compared with Christ’s earthly ministry and the Four Gospels. Many people will say, “I’m going to go by what Jesus said.” These people mean well, but they’re not thinking. Because everything that Jesus said in His earthly ministry, with the exception of the last chapter of each one of the Four Gospels after His Resurrection, was said before the Cross. He hadn’t died yet, He hadn’t shed His blood. So if you’re going by what Jesus said in His earthly ministry then you’re going by that which was before the Cross. Now when you get to the Apostle Paul he makes it so plain that everything he has received, he received from the risen Lord in glory. So Paul’s words are still the words of Jesus, only now in the time that’s most appropriate – post Resurrection. He has finished the work of the Cross, and so I stand by my guns that we have to adhere to the writings of Paul because this is where the meat of our doctrine really lies.

Romans 5:15,16

“But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many (in other words all that will believe).”

“And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift (in other words, as Adam plunged the human race into condemnation with his act of sin, so Christ has lifted the human race, by virtue of death on the Cross): for the judgment was by one to condemnation (every one is under that condemnation), but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.”

And like I’ve said in the last three lessons, Paul is just hammering this theme of justification home. I don’t want anyone who has heard me teach these first few chapters of Romans ever forget this word “Justification.” This is what we are, we’re justified by a judicial decree of the Almighty God Himself, that since we have believed the Gospel for our Salvation, then He can restore us back as Adam was before he fell. Of course we’re still going to sin, and He has made compensation for all of that by virtue of His Advocacy at the Father’s right hand. Now let’s move on into verse 17.

Romans 5:17a

“For if by one man’s offence (Adam’s) death reigned (as a king) by one (because of Adam); much more…”

Do you see how Paul is constantly driving home the Grace of God, which is going to compensate for the fall of Adam, is greater than anything Adam did? And this is what we have to understand, that, yes, it seems like God is severe in condemning everyone who was born out of Adam’s race, but yet He’s not severe because He’s made the way back for every human being without lifting a finger. If God would makes us do something almost impossible for our Salvation then that would be different, but He doesn’t. He just lays it right out in front of every human being. You know when I teach John Chapter 10 the good shepherd chapter, I always ask where is the door to that sheep fold? Is it up on some cliff? Is it across the ocean? No it’s on ground level, it’s where anybody can walk through it. It’s accessible for anyone to go into the door of the sheep fold. So Salvation is not something that people have to obtain or work for or grasp at, but rather it’s right in front of every human being. Now reading on.

Romans 5:17

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign (not like old death does, but now we’re going to reign forever) in life by one, Jesus Christ.”

Not because of what I do, but because of what He accomplished. So as Adam was the federal head of the human race, and he plunged everyone into a place of condemnation, the second Adam, Jesus Christ has accomplished everything that is necessary to bring fallen man back to Himself. The only difference is now there has to be an exercise of will. Now I know there is a lot of controversy of how much will is exercised in Salvation, and how much of it is in election. But nevertheless, I sort of bring the two extremes to the middle, and granted, God has to open our eyes, and hearts. But on the other hand man has the prerogative to reject it. And I think that is what will be so hard on lost people when they go through all eternity regretting their rejection of God’s opportunity.

Now verse 18. Notice that verse starts out with “Therefore.” When Paul uses `therefore’ and `wherefore,’ just go back and see what he has said. This is so heavy and important that it’s just repeated over and over for about two or three chapters. That means God wants us to get it straight. Yet Salvation can be by nothing that man can do, but it’s all been accomplished by the work of the Cross, and He is just in being the Justifier of those who believe. He’s not cutting corners. God isn’t winking at man’s sins. He has paid the total price for it so now He can be just in justifying the unbeliever.

Romans 5:18

“Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one (this constantly brings the two into play) the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”

Now this isn’t just in Romans. Come back with me to the Book of Ephesians for a moment. We haven’t bounced back and forth in these past few lessons because Romans is so self explanatory. But for a change of pace let’s look at Ephesians Chapter 2. Now remember, Paul always writes to the believer.

Ephesians 2:1-3

AND you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins (why? Because of Adam); Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air (remember II Corinthians 4:3,4. Well here it is again), the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation (or manner of living) in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature (what does that mean? We’re born with it) the children of wrath, even as others.”

That’s where we have come from. Now verse 4. Oh, for twenty-five years I’ve been teaching people to look for this next little word. “But” and that’s the flip side. Oh, we were the children of wrath, and disobedience, we were enemies of God, but what happened?

Ephesians 2:4,5a

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins (we were filthy with sin), hath quickened us (made us alive) together with Christ,…”

Now what’s that a picture of? His Resurrection. Remember I always like to put it this way. When Christ was on the Cross God saw you and I there with Him. When He was in the tomb, whom did God see there with Him? You and I. And as He rose from the dead in Resurrection power, who was in there with Him? You and I. And here Paul brings it out. We have been raised out of that deadness.

Ephesians 2:6

“And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

We are so special tonight. Just because we believe the Gospel for our Salvation, He considers us as already seated with Him in the heavenlies. And so we wait for Him to come and take us to Himself. I had one listener write that she had just lost a loved one, and wanted some comfort. She knew that she was a believer, and I just sent back a few verses to her; and I got her answer today. What a comfort to know that our loved ones, if we know they were believers, are in His presence. They’re already seated in the heavenlies, and so it’s not that big a jump from here to there, and that’s why we don’t have to fear death. They can kill the body, but they can’t kill that which is already a citizen of Heaven.

Ephesians 2:7,8

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (now for a couple of verses that most of us have all memorized some where along the line). For by grace (unmerited favor) are ye saved (and what’s the vehicle that saves you?) through faith (now Grace has made it possible, but faith is the vehicle);and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” Now I know this is nothing new for you, but get these things down pat so that you can share with your unsaved friends and neighbors that there is nothing that they can do. They can not join enough churches, they can’t go to enough baptisms, they can’t go through anything else that you can name, because if they could it would no longer be a gift. But when they just simply receive it by faith, Oh, then God does everything that needs to be done.

Ephesians 2:9

” Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

But that’s not going to be the case. There isn’t going to be a single soul in Heaven that’s going to be able to brag about what they did to get there. Because everyone, and that also includes the Old Testament believer, is going to be there because of “Faith + Nothing.” Now verse 10, and it doesn’t stop there. We’re not just saved to go on our way and do nothing about it. God has the next step in our life as a believer and that is:

Ephesians 2:10

“For we are his workmanship (we’re the result of actually a recreation of God Himself, so we become a workmanship), in Christ Jesus unto good works (absolutely we’re to let the world understand where we’re coming from. We’ve been created for good works), which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

In other words, before He ever created Adam, and He saw the whole mess that mankind was going to go into, yet He had already fore-ordained that His believers, those that were His should maintain good works. Now I have to think even as I speak, “What about Abraham?” What kind of a man was Abraham in the eyes of his contemporaries? They thought the world of him. From what I can gather, Abraham never had a bad word said about him except the one time he tried to pawn off his wife as his sister, but Abraham was well-spoken of, the great businessman that he must have been, and it was the same way with Jacob. Jacob was a rascal, he was a cheat, but once he met The Lord there at Peniel there was never another bad word said about him. He was an example for others from then on. And on up through the Old Testament and into the New we find that every time one of God’s choice servants come on the scene, we see good works. That’s what we’re created for, and He knew that before He ever created Adam that this would be the result of a Salvation experience. Now for the next few moments let’s go back Romans Chapter 5.

Romans 5:18

“Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”

I know it’s repetition, but it’s for a purpose. The Scripture repeats all of this and I’m repeating it, because God want us to understand and not be in a fog about it whatsoever, that the moment we believe the finished work of the Cross, God has justified us by virtue of His shed Blood. He has declared us “Just as if we have never sinned.” That has such a psychological impact. When we move through our daily life, and we are constantly aware from the moment we awake until we go to sleep at night that we are a justified person, I can guarantee that will effect our behavior. If it doesn’t, there’s something wrong. When you understand you’re declared a justified person by an act of God, it must have an effect.

Romans 5:19

“For as by one man’s disobedience many (all) were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

Now for a moment let’s go to the Book of Philippians Chapter 2. Absolutely, Christ was obedient. Just as surely as Isaac was when Abraham laid him upon that altar. There is nothing in Scripture that he fought back, he was totally obedient to the wishes of his father Abraham. Here we have that in Christ in verse 5:

Philippians 2:5-8

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God (He was equal with God); But made himself of no reputation (Who made Him that way? He did Himself. He lowered Himself from being the mighty Creator God to a man walking the streets of dusty Palestine), and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Now what could He have done? He could have zapped the whole thing. He could have stricken every Roman soldier, and every Jewish Priest in Jerusalem with just a spoken word. But He was obedient because He knew it was the will of the Father, the Godhead of which He was part. Now back to Romans again:

Romans 5:20

“Moreover the law entered (that was 2500 years after Adam), that the offence might abound (the Law entered so that God could get control of sinful men. The Law showed how sinful man really was. That’s all the Law could do then and that’s all the Law can do today. It has no saving power, or no power of justification whatsoever; it shows us our sins). But where sin abounded (by the time that Christ came in His first advent the whole world was steeped in idolatry, and paganism, and sin abounded. We think it’s bad today, and they talk about new this and new that, but nothing has changed. Everything that we see today has been part and parcel of the human race down through history, the only thing is it’s so magnified tonight because of our tremendous numbers, but nevertheless it still stands that where sin abounded), grace did much more abound: “

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ROMANS CHAPTER 5

Let’s get back to the subject at hand – justification by faith and faith alone, and how the need for it began back in the Garden of Eden when Adam fell, and death came with sin. The human race is faced with that dilemma that not only are we sinners, but we are also in a circumstance of death. Spiritual death has already taken place, because we’re born dead spiritually, and physical death is coming. Every human being will approach it someday if The Lord tarries. First, let’s read the last three verses from the last lesson.

Romans 5:12-14

“Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin [the old Adamic nature] entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned (for until the Law, sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression [they were not faced with a tree and a forbidden fruit]: who is the figure [or picture] of him that was to come).”

We didn’t get to comment on that last portion of the verse so we’ll touch on it now. Adam, you see, is the first man, and Christ is the second Man, or second Adam. Let’s pick that up in a reference so turn with me to I Corinthians 15 for a moment, because I want people to know that we don’t just pull this out of the woodwork someplace. Hopefully what I teach I can back up with Scripture. On your way to Chapter 15 let’s stop for a moment in Chapter 2 and I’ll show you something. Our class was discussing that many people don’t realize that until they become a believer, a child of God by virtue of Salvation and faith, that this Book is utterly impossible to comprehend. Oh, the unbeliever may be able to read some of the stories and some of the miracles, and get something out of it. But when it comes to the basic deep things of Scripture no one can understand them until they become a child of God.

I’ve been very blunt with some people. I know I had one gentlemen that came to my class for three years. Now I’m not one to take them by the nape of the neck, and try to force them into a conversion experience. Well, every week I was just tickled that he was there, but he would tell me, “Les, I just can’t understand all this.” And I said, “When you become a believer you will!” Now you can’t do that with everybody, but with him it was just fine. He finally did become a believer, and now of course he’s just like a weed – he’s just growing and can now comprehend the Scriptures. And that’s scriptural, that isn’t just my own idea and I can show you that here in I Corinthians Chapter 2 where Paul makes that so plain.

I Corinthians 2:13,14

“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man (the unsaved, the lost man) receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them (why?), because they are spiritually discerned (or understood).”

So we have to be real patient. I think that’s one of the attributes God has given me when I deal with unbelievers. I’m very patient. I don’t care if it takes three years for them to come to the place of understanding the Gospel. I would hope it would be sooner, but nevertheless I’m still going to be patient with them because I realize where they’re coming from. They can’t comprehend these things until God opens their eyes and heart, and we leave that to His timing. Now Chapter 15, picking up with the subject of the first man, Adam, and Christ the second. We have to understand that the first man Adam, even with that simple act of disobedience of eating the forbidden fruit, plunged the whole human race into condemnation. Every human being beginning with Cain has been a fallen creature by virtue of Adam’s act of rebellion. But God didn’t leave it there. Now He comes around and comes with the second Man, The Christ, and He makes it possible for every degenerate son of Adam to become a regenerate son of God. It’s just that simple, and yet it’s complex. So now looking at I Corinthians 15:45.

I Corinthians 15:45

“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul (that’s back in Genesis Chapter 2 I think it is, where God breathed into him the breath of life, and he became a living soul): the last Adam (Jesus, The Christ. The next two words, “was made,” have been added by the translators unfortunately. I think they’re better left out) was made a quickening spirit.Now the word `quickening’ here means life-giving. When God quickens something He gives it life. For example Ephesians 2:1:

Ephesians 2:1

“AND you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins (He hath made us alive);”

So the first Adam was made a living soul by virtue of creation, in perfect fellowship with his Maker. The Lord could walk with him in the cool of the day, and there was nothing between them, just perfect fellowship. Then the second Adam was brought on the scene as a life-giving Spirit in the Person of Jesus Christ, The God-Man.

Someone asked me why only Matthew, Mark and Luke are called the Synoptic Gospels and not John? Well, you see, those three Gospels deal with Christ in His humanity. In other words, Matthew depicts Him as King Who would one day rule on David’s throne as a human King. He came up through the genealogy of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and down that royal family of David. Now in Mark He’s depicted as the Servant, and everything that He does shows His willingness to be a Servant, and again from His human side. Then Luke depicts Him of course as the Son of Man, so constantly throughout that Gospel again we see that human side of Him.

Then John comes along and depicts Him as the Son of God in His Deity. So now you can pick up little tidbits that Matthew, Mark, and Luke give of the account of temptations in the wilderness, and John doesn’t. Why not? Because those temptations had an immediate effect upon the human side of Him, but had no effect upon His Deity side, so John leaves it out. His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, when He sweated drops of Blood, as it were, and He agonized and pleaded with the Twelve to pray with Him, John is the only one that doesn’t record this. Why? That was part of His human side, and not the Deity side, so John can leave those things out. These things are what makes such differences as you study your Scripture. Yes, He was the God-Man, He was total God, He was total man, and they never crossed over. You can go back into His earthly ministry. There was a time when the average person who got into some of the situations that Jesus did would have let the God side take over, but He never did. So we have to take it by faith that He was Deity, but He was also human. Now bringing this into the text here with the Apostle Paul, as Adam was the first Federal Head of the human race, so Christ now becomes the culmination of all this because we’re not just dealing with the physical, we’re dealing with the spiritual. The next verse:

I Corinthians 15:46

“Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.”

Now remember when we were way back in the Old Testament I would make this point constantly. That the rule of thumb all the way through Scripture is that you would have the natural first and then the spiritual. First Cain and then Abel. First Ishmael and then Isaac. First Esau and then Jacob. First King Saul and then King David; and you find this all through Scripture. And now here it comes again. First Adam, the natural, and then the second Adam, The Christ, the spiritual. And we have one big set of circumstances in the future, and that will be in the Tribulation. First will come the Anti-christ the human, and then Christ the spiritual at His second coming. You can’t separate them all through Scripture, so Paul makes the point. Looking at the verse again:

I Corinthians 15:46-48

“Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural (referring to Adam); and afterward that which is spiritual.” In other words, all of us began with the natural man Adam. And the reason we call him natural was God created him out of the dust of the earth.

“The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven (see how plain that is?). As is the earthy (the offspring of Adam), such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly (the spiritual realm), such are they also that are heavenly.”

All the way up through the Old Testament, especially when we began studying Israel, I pointed out Israel was God’s earthly people. All their promises were earthly, they had no concept of dying and going to Heaven. They only saw the grave, and many of them, of course, didn’t believe in life hereafter, but those that did only saw a Kingdom on this earth which has been promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the rest of them. They were an earthly people. Now when we get to the Church Age, oh, what a difference! Now we’re not an earthly people, but rather a heavenly people. Our citizenship according to the Apostle Paul, is already in Heaven. Oh, we’re still tied to the old earth, but our citizenship is in Heaven as we see in the Book of Colossians. This is Paul’s prayer on behalf of the Colossi believers.

Colossians 1:12,13

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet (or prepared us) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who (in reference to God the Father) hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath (past tense) translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Well, where is the Kingdom tonight? It’s up in Heaven; it’s where Christ is. And so this is why we are already citizens of glory, because that’s where Christ is. Now, one day when He comes and brings the Kingdom back to earth, we will be with Him there also. And then of course we will be reigning and ruling with Him on the earth. Now come back to I Corinthians 15 again as we didn’t quite get finished. Going on to verse 49 (and remember, verse 48 shows things that are earthy, things that are heavenly are heavenly):

I Corinthians 15::49,50

“And as we have borne the image of the earthy (of course we are, we’re sons of Adam, flesh and blood), we shall also bear the image of the heavenly (we’re going to move from the natural state to the heavenly). Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.”

So what has to happen? We’ll have to have a new body. That just stands to reason, and it will be fashioned after Christ’s Resurrected Body. That’s our hope, that one day we’ll have that glorious body that won’t be contained by walls or ceilings or space. And yet I think we will enjoy the pleasures of eating and enjoying some of these things, and it will all be possible because our Lord ate out there on the shores of Galilee after the Resurrection.

Luke 24:36-43

“And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, `Peace be unto you.’ But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, `Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have,’ And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, `Have ye here any meat?’ And they gave him a piece of broiled fish, and of an honey comb. And he took it, and did eat before them.”

Isn’t that just as plain as day? Now come back to Romans Chapter 5, verse 15. Now the reason that Paul has been laying all of this out in front of us is to again establish a basic doctrine especially for us as Gentiles. Recently, when we had our seminar in Minneapolis, I had a Jewish lady come and ask some questions. She said that she was a Jewish believer, but she said that she was getting kind of worried. She asked, “If the rapture were to take place tonight, because I’m a Jew, will I be left behind?” Oh, lands no, because you’re a member of the Body of Christ. When we come into the Body of Christ, the Church, it doesn’t matter what color we are. It doesn’t matter if we are Jew or Gentile. We are all one in Christ if we have believed the Gospel for our Salvation (Reference I Corinthians 15:1-4). So when the rapture takes place, yes, Jewish believers are going to go along with us as will people who may have come from other backgrounds, because we are one in Christ. Now verse 15:

Romans 5:15

“But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one (this is Adam) many (or all as the Scripture says in other places) be dead, much more the grace of God,…”

In reality, according to what God has done, every human being who was born of Adam should one day be in glory, because there is none left out. But why won’t they be? They have chosen not to be. The Scripture makes it plain that all have had their opportunity. I know that’s hard to swallow, but God in His Sovereignty understands and that’s what the Scripture has explained.

Romans 5:15b

“… and the gift (the people who think they must work for their Salvation are flying in the face of this Book, because it’s a gift. That’s something that God has done for the human race out of the goodness of His heart. He has given it as a gift. But many people will try to work for it, and God won’t stand for it. So the gift) by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.”

Do you see how the Scriptures go back and forth with the terminology? In some places Christ is called God over and over. Here Paul refers to Him as the Man. Now that’s not taking away from His Deity; it’s just simply going right along with His whole virgin birth that He was born God in the flesh, but He was also born human. So I like to refer to Him as the God-Man.

Romans 5:16a

“And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift:…”

That’s a double negative there and that can get confusing. Maybe I can clarify it. As I’ve said before, we are not sinners because we ate of the forbidden fruit. We’re not guilty of the similitude of Adam’s sin. That’s what he did. We didn’t do anything to merit condemnation, we inherited it. We’re sons of Adam, and we are immediately born into this world spiritually dead. Spiritually an enemy of God. Now it’s hard for me to explain, but that’s God’s business and He doesn’t make any mistakes. So we just have to take it by faith that this is the way God has set the whole thing in motion. That He created Adam innocent, sinless, perfect; but Adam fell, and then God decreed that everyone that came from Adam would be a fallen creature. But He did everything to bring that fallen creature back to his original state if they will only believe. It’s always been by faith. Adam and Eve were restored into fellowship by faith, and it was that way all the way up through the Old Testament. We didn’t go through what Adam did. Neither did Christ go through what Adam did, but He superseded it. Everything that Adam accomplished to bring the human race into condemnation, God, through the Person of Jesus Christ, has reconciled it. He’s paid the debt, and done everything possible to bring man back unto Himself. Now reading the verse in it’s entirety.

Romans 5:16

“And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one (Adam) to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.”

Oh, it’s beyond our comprehension and that’s why we have to take it by faith. There is no way you can understand it. I know I can’t, and I don’t even pretend to, but I know The Book says it and I believe it, and I can rest in it. I never have to worry or wonder if I’m going to make it. I know there are many people who have spent a lifetime preaching The Word, and as they face the grim reaper they start to wonder and worry, “Where am I going to spend eternity? Have I done enough good? Have I done this or that? Am I going to make it.” Wouldn’t that be awful to be in that situation? Remember, none of us could do enough good to merit Salvation. But we rest by faith on this finished work of the Cross. Don’t worry about where you will spend eternity if you have placed your faith in the Gospel. So the free gift, that which we do not work for, is of many offences. In other words, everyone of us are guilty of a whole train-load of sins. But they’ve all been canceled, and paid for by the work of the Cross. I know I have people out there that are sitting there shaking their heads. But listen, this isn’t my idea, this is exactly what The Book says. And that’s why I like for them to put the Scripture on the screen. I’d rather you see the Scripture for yourself and just read it as it’s on the screen.

Romans 5:16b

“…but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.”