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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Romans Chapter 6 Vs. 6

 

Dead to Sin, Alive to God



Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Rom 6:6



our old man... This is none other than Satan himself, "the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" (Eph. 2:2; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:9; John 8:44; 1Jhn. 3:8; 5:18). To call this the old Adamic nature is erroneous, for nothing happened to Adam other than his submission to Satan and a moral fall. Adam had the same body, soul, and spirit after the fall as before. The only difference was a change of masters. There is no such thing as an old nature other than man’s own body, soul, and spirit dominated by satanic powers, as in the above passages. Speaks of the believer’s unregenerate self. Not old in number of years, but something which is worn out and useless. Our old self died with Christ, and the life we now enjoy is a new divinely given life that is the life of Christ Himself.

Paul uses the terms “body” and “flesh” to refer to sinful propensities that are intertwined with physical weaknesses and pleasures. Although the old self is dead, sin retains a foothold in our temporal flesh or our unredeemed humanness, with its corrupted desires. The believer does not have two competing natures, the old and the new; but one new nature that is still incarcerated in unredeemed flesh.

We see a parallel Scripture to this (in Colossians 3).

Colossians 3:5 “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:”

Mortify means to deaden. We are to do away with all sin in the flesh and live to the Spirit of God.

crucified with him... Being "dead to sin" (Rom. 6:2), "crucified with him" (Rom. 6:6), "dead with Christ" (Rom. 6:8), "dead to the law" (Rom. 7:4), and like expressions are common among Hebrews, Greeks, Latins, and other people. To die to a thing or person, is to have nothing to do with and to be totally separated from it or him. To live to a person or a thing is to be wholly given up to and to have intimate connection with that person or thing. Having the old man crucified means that one has no further dealings with him. In fact, 1Jhn. 5:18 says the wicked one does not touch the one who is born again.

might be destroyed... Greek: katargeo, annulled. See, Rom. 3:31. Meaning rendered powerless or inoperative.



As a result we know (ginōskontes suggests experimental or reflective knowing, not intuitive knowledge as in eidotes in Rom. 6:9) that our old self was crucified with Him. Literally, the last portion of this sentence is, “our old man was crucified together,” obviously with Christ. A believer’s “old man” is the person as he was spiritually before he trusted Christ, when he was still under sin (Rom. 3:9), powerless and ungodly (Rom. 5:6), a sinner (Rom. 5:8), and an enemy of God (Rom. 5:10). (“Old self” or “old man” does not refer to the sin nature as such. The Bible does not teach that the sin nature was eradicated at salvation or is ever eradicated in this life.)

Daniel Chapter 8 Vs, 20

 

The Interpretation of the Vision


Daniel 8:20 "The ram which thou sawest having [two] horns [are] the kings of Media and Persia."


The ram which... The Angelic Interpretation:

This vision deals with only 2 of the kingdoms represented by the metals of the image of Dan. 2:1-49, and of the 4 beasts of Dan. 7:1-28—the Medo-Persian and Grecian empires. The purpose of the vision is to narrow down geographically the coming of the little horn or future Antichrist, from 10 to 4 of the 10 kingdoms, and to reveal that his kingdom will be the Revived Grecian Empire instead of the Revised Roman Empire.

Since Antichrist is seen coming out of the 4 divisions of the old Grecian Empire, we can eliminate entirely the other 6 kingdoms of the Revised Roman Empire as being the area from which he will come. In Dan. 7:1-28 he is seen coming out of 1 of the 10 kingdoms of the Revised Roman Empire. He uses the 1 kingdom he comes from to overthrow 3 others of the 10 which are the 3 other divisions of Greece. (The 4 kingdoms of the Grecian Empire of Dan. 8:1-27 make 4 of the 10 kingdoms of Revised Rome of Dan. 7:1-28.) Thus, Antichrist revives the Grecian Empire by coming out of 1 of the 4 divisions of Greece and overthrowing the others. The 6 other kingdoms of Revised Rome, which were never a part of the Grecian Empire, will submit to him without further war, and his kingdom will then become the 8th of Rev. 17:8-17, which immediately succeeds the 7th or Revised Rome.

The Antichrist arises at the beginning of the 70th week of Daniel (Dan. 9:27), and in 3 1/2 years conquers the whole 10 kingdoms which he will rule for the last 3 1/2 years of this week (Dan. 7:23-25; 11:36-46; Rev. 13:5; 17:8-17). Before he gets power over the 10 kings they reign as independent sovereigns and form the 7th, or Revised Roman Empire (Dan. 2:40-43; 7:7-8, 7:23-24). After he gets control of them they continue as subordinate kings for the last 3 1/2 years of the week, making the 8th and last of the successive kingdoms in the times of the Gentiles (Rev. 17:8-17).

Eighteen Parts to the Interpretation:

1. The ram represents the old Medo-Persian Empire, the same as the silver on the image of Dan. 2:32, 2:39 and the bear of Dan. 7:5. It is the 2nd of the 4 beasts of Dan. 7:1-28, and the 4th of the 8 kingdoms of Rev. 17:8-11 that make up the whole length of the times of the Gentiles (Dan. 8:20; see Dan. 8:3 and Dan. 11:1-2).

2. The two horns on the ram represent the 2 kings of Media and Persia (Dan. 8:20; see, Dan. 8:3), the same as the 2 arms of silver of Dan. 2:32, 2:39 and the 2 sides of the bear of Dan. 7:5. They symbolize Darius the Mede (Dan. 5:31; 6:1; 9:1; 11:1) and Cyrus the Persian (Dan. 1:21; 6:28; 11:1-2; 2Ch. 36:22-23; Ezr. 1:1-4).

3. The "rough he goat" is the old Grecian Empire (Dan. 8:21; see, Dan. 8:5; 11:3-4), the same as the belly and thighs of brass in the image of Dan. 2:32, 2:39, and the leopard of Dan. 7:6.

4. The "great" and "notable" horn between the eyes of the he-goat represents the first king, Alexander the Great, who founded the old Grecian Empire in 13 years (Dan. 8:21; see, Dan. 8:5; 11:3).

5. The great horn "being broken" represents the death of Alexander the Great (Dan. 8:22; see, Dan. 8:8; 11:4).

6. Four horns growing out of the head of the he-goat in the place of the great horn represent 4 kingdoms being formed out of the old Grecian Empire after the death of Alexander the Great (Dan. 8:22; see, Dan. 8:8; 11:4).

7. The four kingdoms arising not in Alexander’s power represent the 4 generals of Alexander carving out 4 kingdoms of their own in their own rights (Dan. 8:22; see, Dan. 8:8; Dan. 11:4). Daniel predicted the old Grecian Empire would be divided into 4 parts or kingdoms (Dan. 8:22), in the same sense he predicted the old Roman Empire would be divided into 10 parts or kingdoms (Dan. 2:40-43; 7:23-24). Alexander died at the height of his conquests, when about 33 years of age. His brother, Philip Aridaeus, and his 2 sons, Alexander Aegus and Hercules, kept up the show and name of the Macedonian kingdom for a time, but they were all murdered within 15 years. Thus the great horn and his regal family were all dead. The governors of provinces usurped the title of king. Antigonus, one of 5 generals, was slain in the battle of Ipsus, which reduced the number to 4 who seized upon the old Grecian Empire and divided it into 4 kingdoms.

Four Divisions of the Grecian Empire:

(1) Cassander took Greece, Macedon and the western parts of the empire.

(2) Lysimachus took Asia Minor, or present Turkey and Thrace, the northern part of the empire.

(3) Seleucus took all the eastern parts of the empire, including Syria and Babylon, or the modern states of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran.

(4) Ptolemy took the kingdom of Egypt, the southern part of the empire. Thus Alexander’s empire was literally divided "toward the four winds of heaven" (Dan. 8:8).

All these divisions (except the extreme eastern part of the kingdom of Seleucus) were conquered by the Romans and made a part of the old Roman Empire out of which will be formed the 10 kingdoms of the last days. These 4 divisions of Greece will become 4 of the 10 kingdoms. They would be known today as Greece, Turkey, Syria, and Egypt.

8. "In the latter time of their kingdom" reveals the time of the coming of Antichrist and the complete fulfillment of the prophecy. These kingdoms will not cease to exist before the little horn or the Antichrist comes from one of them (Dan. 8:23; see, Dan. 8:9; 7:24; 9:26-27; 11:36-45). Since they are all still in existence, and since the Antichrist has not yet come, his coming from one of them must be future.

9. "When the transgressors are come to the full" is the second statement here revealing the time of the coming of the Antichrist. He will come in the last days when sin and iniquity shall abound and the time has come for transgressors on earth to be dealt with and put down (Dan. 8:23; 7:21-22; 9:27; 11:36-45; Mat. 24:4-26; 2Thes. 2:3-12; 1Tim. 4:1-8; 2Tim. 3:1-13; 4:1-4; Rev. 13:1-18; 16:1-17; 18:2-3, 18:24). This will be after the 10 kingdoms are formed (Dan. 7:23-24), after the rapture of the church, during the fulfillment of all the events of Rev. 4:1-19:21, and just before Christ comes to put down all sin and transgressors (1Cor. 15:24-28; Eph. 1:10; Rev. 19:11-21; 20:1-10).

10. "A king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up." This reveals the character of the Antichrist, showing the type of person the little horn will be when he comes out of Greece, Turkey, Syria, or Egypt in the latter time of their existence (Dan. 8:23; 7:20-25; 9:27; 11:36-45; 2Thes. 2:3-12; Rev. 13:1-18; 14:9-11; 15:2-4; 16:13-16; 19:20; 20:4-6).

11. "His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power." This reveals that he will come after the working of Satan and have all the power Satan can endue a man with (Dan. 8:24; 7:25; 11:36-39; 2Thes. 2:8-12; Rev. 13:1-5, 13:12-18; 16:13-16; 19:20).

12. "He shall destroy wonderfully." This means he shall be distinguished as a destroyer of men (Dan. 8:24-25; 7:21, 7:25; 9:27; 11:36-45; 12:7; Mat. 25:15-22; 2Thes. 2:8-12; Rev. 13:12-18; 14:9-11; 15:2-4; 19:19-21; 20:4-6).

13. He "shall prosper, and practise." This literally means prosper and push forward or cross over. The idea is that of a blitzkrieg, extremely rapid and violent in warfare (Dan. 8:24-25; Dan. 7:21, 7:25; 9:27; 11:36-45; 12:7; Rev. 6:1-2; 13:1-18; 16:13-16; 19:19-21).

14. He "shall destroy the mighty and the holy people." This refers primarily to the destruction of the new and then powerful Jewish nation in Israel (Dan. 8:24-25; 7:21, 7:25; 9:27; 11:36-45; 12:7; Mat. 24:15-22; Rev. 13:1-18). Israel will be invincible until Antichrist is given power over them by God who will allow them to be defeated and almost exterminated to bring them to complete and eternal repentance so He can fulfill the everlasting covenants made with their fathers (Psm. 60:8-12; Isa. 16:1-5; Jer. 30:3-9; Eze. 20:33-44; Zec. 8:3-8, 8:20-23). Fully two-thirds of Israel will be destroyed (Zec. 12:2-3, 12:9; 13:8-9; 14:1-15), as well as multitudes of Christians (Rev. 7:9-21; 15:2-4; 20:4-6).

15. "He shall cause craft (Hebrew: mirmah, deceit) to prosper in his hand." This refers to his coming with all deceitfulness of unrighteousness to further his cause (Dan. 8:25; 2Thes. 2:8-12; Rev. 13:14; 19:20).

16. "He shall magnify himself in his heart" (Dan. 8:25). This refers to exalting himself even above God (Dan. 11:36-39; 2Thes. 2:3-4; Rev. 13:1-18).

17. He shall "destroy many" by peace (Dan. 8:25). This refers to his covenant of peace with Israel and his sudden breaking of it to destroy them (Dan. 8:25; 7:21; 9:27; 11:36-45; Rev. 12:13-17; 13:12-18).

18. He shall "stand up against the Prince of princes," but he shall be killed "without hand" (Dan. 8:25). This will be the battle of Armageddon (Dan. 11:45; Joel 3:1-21; Zec. 14:1-21; Rev. 16:13-16; 19:11-21).

The two horns are because Media and Persia are two.



Gabriel first interpreted the meaning of the two-horned ram (cf. Dan. 8:3-7). This beast represented Media and Persia, the same empire represented by the bear raised up on one side (Dan. 7:5). Though Persia rose later than Media (559 b.c. for Persia compared with centuries earlier for Media) the Persians overshadowed the Medes. So the second horn on the ram was larger than the first horn. Persia extended its empire to the west, north, and south with a vast army of more than 2 million soldiers.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Romans Chapter 6 Vs. 5

 

Dead to Sin, Alive to God



For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Rom 6:5


planted together in... Greek: sumphutos, planted together with; plainly proving a burial of His literal body and a burial in baptism. No planting or burial is possible by a sprinkling or pouring (cp. John 12:24; 1Cor. 15:36).


Colossians 3:1-4 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” ” For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” “When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

We Christians live or die in Jesus. We are believers in and followers of Him. In fact, He has taken up His abode in us. As we read above, Christ in us.


Reckon


The first clause should be translated, “Since (not if) we have become united in the likeness of His death,” because the statement is assumed to be true and is true. It affirms the certainty of the second clause of the sentence, which promises that believers are united with Christ in the likeness of His resurrection.


Attitudes for sanctification


Sanctification begins with regeneration, the implanting of spiritual life in a believer. From that starting point sanctification is God’s progressively separating a believer from sin to Himself and transforming his total life experience toward holiness and purity. The process of sanctification for a believer never ends while he is on earth in his mortal body. It is consummated in glorification when that believer through death and resurrection or through the Rapture stands in the presence of God “conformed to the likeness of His Son” (Rom. 8:29). A believer’s identification with Jesus Christ by faith is both the ground and the goal of sanctification. The process of translating that identification into the daily experience of progressive sanctification, however, demands three attitudes of mind and action on a believer’s part. These Paul discussed in Rom. 6:5-23.

Daniel Chapter 8 Vs. 19



The Interpretation of the Vision

Daniel 8:19 "And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end [shall be]." 


Behold, I will... The 14th prophecy in Dan. 8:19-26; vs. 20-22 are fulfilled; vs. 19, 23-27 are unfulfilled.

the last end... The Last End of God’s Wrath:

The last end of the wrath of God upon the one (the little horn) that will cause the wrath of God to be poured out.

1. Antichrist’s wars (Dan. 8:9; 7:23-24; 9:24; 11:36-45; Rev. 19:1-21)

2. His martyrdom of saints (Dan. 8:10-14, 8:24; 7:21; 9:27; 11:36-45; Rev. 13:11-18)

3. His taking away the daily sacrifices in the future Jewish temple (Dan. 8:11-14; 9:27; 12:7-11; Mat. 24:15; Rev. 13:1-18)

4. His placing the abomination of desolation in the temple (Dan. 8:11-14; 9:27; 11:45; 2Thes. 2:4; Rev. 11:1-2; 13:1-18)

5. His casting down the sanctuary or sacred place of sacrifice (Dan. 8:11-13)

6. His causing many to rebel against God (Dan. 8:12; Rev. 13:11-18; 16:2, 16:10-11)

7. His increasing sins among men (Dan. 8:12, 8:23; 2Thes. 2:8-12; Rev. 13:1-18; 16:10-11)

8. His casting down the truth to the ground (Dan. 8:12; 7:25; 2Thes. 2:4, 2:8-12)

9. His trampling the host under his feet (Dan. 8:13, 8:24-25; 7:21; 9:27; 11:40-45; Rev. 13:1-18)

10. His fierceness against God and man (Dan. 8:23; Rev. 13:1-18)

11. His yieldedness to the devil (Dan. 8:24; 11:36-39; 2Thes. 2:8-12; Rev. 13:1-18)

12. His ruthless destruction of life and property (Dan. 8:24; 11:36-46; Rev. 13:1-18)

13. His deceptions (craftiness, Dan. 8:25; 2Thes. 2:8-12; Rev. 13:1-18; 19:20)

14. His self-exaltation (Dan. 8:25; 7:25; 11:36-45; 2Ths. 2:4; Rev. 13:1-18)

15. His stubborn stand against Christ (Dan. 8:25; 2Thes. 2:8; Rev. 19:19-21).

for at the... At the end of this age and at the second coming, the time for the fulfillment of the vision is appointed (Dan. 8:19, 8:23-25; 2:44-45; 7:23-27; 9:27; 11:36-45; Zec. 14:1-21; 2Thes. 2:8-12; Rev. 19:11-21). The time of the end is stated in Dan. 8:25 as being when the little horn stands up against Christ.

The time for the end of the world has been set since the foundation of the earth. This is speaking, however, of a nearer time, as well. The end of the indignation could be speaking of the end of the indignation for those specific people.

The near meaning speaks of the Jews struggle.


Gabriel’s interpretation 


Gabriel stated that the vision pertained to events beyond Daniel’s time (what will happen later, and the appointed time of the end; cf. Dan. 8:17). Significantly this later time, within the times of the Gentiles, was called the time of wrath. As stated earlier (Dan. 2:1-49) the times of the Gentiles is the period from Nebuchadnezzar’s reign to the second coming of Christ during which Israel is undergoing divine discipline. Her acts of disobedience brought forth God’s disciplinary wrath on the nation.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Romans Chapter 6 Vs. 4

 

Dead to Sin, Alive to God



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. Rom 6:4


buried with him... Baptism is by burial, regardless of what kind of baptism it is (see, Acts 8:38).

that like as... As Christ died completely, so those who profess Christianity must be completely separated and saved from sin having no more connection with it than a dead body has with the departed spirit (Rom. 6:3-5; Jas. 2:26).

glory of the... Glorious power. Just as it took the mighty power of God to raise Christ, it will take this to bring alive the dead soul of sinners and make them new creatures in a moment (2Cor. 5:17-18; Eph. 4:22-24).

walk in newness... Greek: kainotes; here and in Rom. 7:6.

We are buried a natural man and we are raised a spiritual man. We are a new creature in Christ. Old things have passed away, behold all things are made new. We are born again and not of corruptible flesh but of the Spirit of God. We walk no longer in the lust of the flesh, but with the guidance of the Spirit of God within us.

Since we have been united by faith with Him, as baptism symbolizes, His death and burial become ours.

Walk in the newest of life” simply means that in Christ, we died and were buried with Him, and then we also have been united with Him in His resurrection. There is a new quality and character to our lives. This speaks of the believer’s regeneration, whereas sin describe the old life, righteousness describes the new.



This is supported by the statement, We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death. Christ’s burial shows that He actually died (cf. 1Cor. 15:3-4). Christians’ “burial” with Christ shows that they in fact died with Him to their former sinful ways of living. The purpose of their identification with Christ in His death and burial is that just as Christ was raised from the dead (lit., “out from dead ones”; cf. Rom. 4:24; 8:11) through the glory (a synonym for God’s power; cf. Eph. 1:19; Col. 2:12) of the Father, we too may live a new life (lit., “so also in newness of life we should walk about”). The Greek word “newness” (kainotēi) speaks of life that has a new or fresh quality. The resurrection of Jesus was not just a resuscitation; it was a new form of life. In the same way the spiritual lives of believers in Jesus have a new, fresh quality. Also, a believer’s identification with Jesus Christ in His resurrection, besides being the start of new spiritual life now, is also the guarantee of physical resurrection.

This work of God at salvation in identifying a believer with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection — thus separating him from sin’s power and giving him a new quality of life — is the basis of the Holy Spirit’s continuing work in sanctification.

Daniel Chapter 8 Vs. 18



The Interpretation of the Vision


Daniel 8:18 Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright.



This is very similar to being overcome by the Spirit. Being in the presence of heavenly beings brings this type of reaction.

Review 6 examples of deep sleep:


Adam (Gen. 2:21)


Abraham (Gen. 15:12)


Saul and his army (1 Sam. 26:12)


Israel (Isa. 29:10)


Daniel (twice, Dan. 8:18; 10:9)


Eutychus (Acts 20:9)

At the mount of transfiguration, Peter, James, and John went into a deep sleep. This is a special privilege to be in the presence of heavenly beings.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Romans Chapter 6 Vs. 3

 

Dead to Sin, Alive to God



Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Rom 6:3


baptized into Jesus... Baptism into Christ, not water (Rom. 6:3-5; 1Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:28-29; Eph. 4:5; Col. 2:11-13).

This isn’t referring to water baptism, but is a metaphorical why of saying of someone who was immersed in his work, or underwent his baptism of fire when experiencing trouble.

Christians have, by placing saving faith in Him, been spiritually immersed into the person of Christ. That is, united and identified with Him.



Paul explained in more detail the spiritual basis for his abrupt declaration, “We died to sin” (Rom. 6:2). Whether the Roman Christians knew it or not, the fact is that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death. The question here is whether Paul had in mind Spirit baptism (1Cor. 12:13) or water baptism. Some object to taking Rom. 6:3 as Spirit baptism because that verse speaks of being “baptized into Christ” whereas 1Cor. 12:13 speaks of Spirit baptism placing the believer into Christ’s body. Of course, both are true: the believer is “baptized” (placed into) Christ and also into the body of Christ, and both are done by the Holy Spirit.

Others take Rom. 6:3 to refer to water baptism, but the problem with that is that it seems to suggest that baptism saves. However, the New Testament consistently denies baptismal regeneration, presenting water baptism as a public attestation to an accomplished spiritual work (cf., e.g., Acts 10:44-48; 16:29-33). The spiritual reality Paul spoke of is that by faith believers are “baptized (placed) into Christ” and thereby are united and identified with Him. This spiritual reality is then graphically witnessed to and pictured by believers’ baptism in water. The one baptism (by water) is the visible picture of the spiritual truth of the other baptism (identification with Christ; cf. Gal. 3:27, “baptized into Christ… clothed with Christ”).