Exposition Of Rom. 6:2, 8, And 10, 11 -- By: J. H. Goodhue

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 014:55 (Jul 1857)
Article: Exposition Of Rom. 6:2, 8, And 10, 11
Author: J. H. Goodhue

Exposition Of Rom. 6:2, 8, And 10, 11

Rev. J. H. Goodhue

Dying unto sin, with Christ; or Exposition of Rom. 6:2, 8, and 10-11,— “How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” “Now, if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.” “For, in that he [Christ] died, he died unto sin once; but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.”

The object of this Article is to present what seems to be the key to the exposition of that class of Scripture passages which involve the idea of Christ and the Christian’s dying unto sin, whether separately or conjointly. This is thought to be found by examining the exigencies of the passages cited above.

We shall begin the examination by considering the phrase “dead to sin,” as found, in the common English version, in Rom. 6:2— “How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? “This phrase is commonly understood as equivalent to being dead to the exercise of sin; that is, having no fellowship with it, being deadened or benumbed, so as not to be influenced by it. The language is supposed to be figurative merely, the figure being based upon the relation which a dead body sustains to objects around it. It is so explained by lexicographers of the New Testament, and by critics and commentators in general. And not only so, but the phrase “dead in sin,” has obtained currency in religious conference and discourse, as the vehicle of this thought. It is used to convey this idea; and, when so used, it does convey it. And what especially commends its use, in the minds of men, is, that it is supposed that the Scriptures employ it in this sense, and hence that it has their sacred sanction.

Now, that the idea which is commonly conveyed by this

phrase, is a just one, and that this language may be used, by common consent, to convey this idea, is not denied. But whether the Scripture furnishes or sanctions it, in the passage before us, and others kindred, is the point now to be discussed. A moment’s reflection upon the character of the term dead, will suggest to the mind, in the outset, that mere want of fellowship is, by no means, adequate to exhaust the meaning of a word so intensive in its nature. “To die” is the bearer of a heavier burden. Nor is it denied that the state which is commonly supposed to be denoted by being dead to sin, is one which can be appropriately predicated of him who has become dead to sin in the Scripture sense. The statement is, that the common view does...

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