Daniel, God’s prophet, was a man of prayer and fasting!
In Daniel’s day, much like today, people wanted political power. Daniel, although captive in a foreign land, found favor with the King and powerful men became very jealous.

Because King Darius made him head administrator over the other administrators in his kingdom, Daniel was targeted and a trap was laid to destroy him. A law was written for the sole purpose of trapping Daniel with the intention to end his life. But Daniel was known as a man of God and a man of prayer, so we are told…

“Thus the administrators and satraps sought a charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom, but they could find no charge or corruption, because he was trustworthy, and no negligence or corruption was found in him. Finally these men said, “We will never find any charge against this Daniel, unless we find something against him concerning the law of his God.” Daniel‬ ‭6‬:‭4‬-‭5‬ ‭BSB‬‬

So they made a plan and a trap was set. With their position they were able to make a decree and without King Darius understanding why they were doing this, it went out that anyone who prayed to God, rather than to King Darius would be thrown into a den of lions. Daniel didn’t even have to labor over his decision. He prayed to YHVH, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as he had always done and he went to his window to pray as before. God delivered him from the mouth of the lions and King Darius was actually pleased as he recognized Daniel’s talent and the King realized God’s power.

Later, as Daniel was reading the book of the prophet Jeremiah he became burdened for Jerusalem and he prayed a prayer that resulted in Daniel being given visions that have blessed millions and that gives us insight into God’s plan for the end times. Daniel words are recorded.

“And I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed…

“O, Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of loving devotion to those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned and done wrong. We have acted wickedly and rebelled. We have turned away from Your commandments and ordinances. We have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, leaders, and fathers, and to all the people of the land. To You, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but this day we are covered with shame—the men of Judah, the people of Jerusalem, and all Israel near and far, in all the countries to which You have driven us because of our unfaithfulness to You. O Lord, we are covered with shame—our kings, our leaders, and our fathers—because we have sinned against You. To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, even though we have rebelled against Him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God to walk in His laws, which He set before us through His servants the prophets. All Israel has transgressed Your law and turned away, refusing to obey Your voice; so the oath and the curse written in the Law of Moses the servant of God has been poured out on us, because we have sinned against You. You have carried out the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing upon us a great disaster. For under all of heaven, nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem. Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our iniquities and giving attention to Your truth. Therefore the Lord has kept the calamity in store and brought it upon us. For the Lord our God is righteous in all He does; yet we have not obeyed His voice. Now, O Lord our God, who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and who made for Yourself a name renowned to this day, we have sinned; we have acted wickedly. O Lord, in keeping with all Your righteous acts, I pray that Your anger and wrath may turn away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all around us. So now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of Your servant. For Your sake, O Lord, cause Your face to shine upon Your desolate sanctuary. Incline Your ear, O my God, and hear; open Your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears Your name. For we are not presenting our petitions before You because of our righteous acts, but because of Your great compassion. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For Your sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people bear Your name.””
‭‭Daniel‬ ‭9‬:‭4‬-‭19‬ ‭BSB‬‬

After Daniel’s devout prayer God allowed Daniel to prophesy of the Seventy Weeks, to visions by the Tigris, and to prophecy of the end times.

Today, do we dare to be a Daniel?




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Why I Believe In A Bodily Resurrection


“Jesus answered, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again.” “This temple took forty-six years to build,” the Jews replied, “and You are going to raise it up in three days?” But Jesus was speaking about the temple of His body. After He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this. Then they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.” John‬ ‭2‬:‭19‬-‭22‬


‭ “Why are you troubled,” Jesus asked, “and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at My hands and My feet. It is I Myself. Touch Me and see—for a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and feet.” Luke‬ ‭24‬:‭38‬-‭40‬


‭ “He is not here; He has risen, just as He said! Come, see the place where He lay.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭6‬ ‭BSB‬‬


“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,” she said, “and we do not know where they have put Him!” Then Peter and the other disciple set out for the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down and looked in at the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Simon Peter arrived just after him. He entered the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying there. The cloth that had been around Jesus’ head was rolled up, lying separate from the linen cloths. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in. And he saw and believed.” John‬ ‭20‬:‭1‬-‭8‬ ‭


What Does It Mean to Be ‘In Christ?’

The phrase ‘in Christ’ occurs 76 times in the New Testament. ‘In Christ Jesus’ is found 40 times. A definite (and definitely important) statement was written to the church at Corinth:

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22

Those in Christ are not condemned, but are

made alive!

A person ‘in Christ’ is secure!

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans‬ ‭8:38-39‬ ‭BSB‬‬

With such wonderful hope, it is necessary to know and to teach others, what it means to be ‘in Christ.’


See Also – About Faith

“Now it is clear that no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.” Galatians‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭BSB‬‬

All who come to Christ must have belief, or faith, in Him. We place ourselves in His care by believing the gospel. The gospel teaches that we are saved when we trust Him and acknowledge that He alone can make us righteous before a holy God!

“But the Scripture pronounces all things confined by sin, so that by faith in Jesus Christ the promise might be given to those who believe. You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭3:22, 26‬ ‭BSB‬‬

The book of Acts is a treatise on how this happens:

“…Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Once Christ established His church, those who believed became a part of Christ body. We know this because Christ is the head of the church and all members make up Christ’s body.

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and firstborn from among the dead, so that in all things He may have preeminence.” Colossians‬ ‭1:15-18‬ ‭BSB‬‬

“The body is a unit, though it is composed of many parts. And although its parts are many, they all form one body. So it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free, and we were all given one Spirit to drink. For the body does not consist of one part, but of many.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:12-14‬ ‭BSB‬‬

We are placed in the body of Christ, (in Christ), when we look to Him, believing the gospel; ie, that He is the Son of God who emptied Himself, came to earth, and took our sins upon Himself that we might have life, was crucified, and that he is resurrected and coming again.


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About the Mystery…

The word “mystery” occurs 22 times in the New Testament. It means ‘hidden thing, secret.’ This mystery is revealed in the New Testament, also. Jesus spoke of the mystery of the Kingdom in Matthew 13:10-17. On Mark 4:12, see the notes at John 12:39-40. He revealed the mystery to His followers who believed in Him. Jesus revealed the gospel message and that mystery which had been concealed to His followers. Paul further revealed the mystery to the Church when writing to the Ephesians.

Chapter three of the book of Ephesians not only reveals the mystery, it explains the purpose of the mystery, and teaches us to appreciate the mystery! Paul wrote about this to the church in Colossians and other places as well. In the book of Ephesians 3:3, Paul states clearly that God has made this known to him by revelation.

Surely you have heard about the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. Ephesians 3:3-5.

Paul stated that the mystery had been hidden for ages. We know that Israel had no comprehension of God’s grace and atoning work that would be accomplished in Christ Jesus as our Lord and Savior or that this grace would be extended to the Gentiles. In truth, most Jews did not fully comprehend Christ’s mission at all. It was a mystery to them. They did not have a revelation of the full gospel or the eternal purpose that would be accomplished in Christ. These things were, as Paul stated, a mystery to them.


This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus. I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace, given me through the working of His power. Though I am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to illuminate for everyone the stewardship of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.


God reveals an awesome purpose that was accomplished in Christ! This purpose is made known through the church of our Lord. Consider to whom it is made known!

His purpose was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to the eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In Him and through faith in Him we may enter God’s presence with boldness and confidence. So I ask you not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory…Ephesians 3:6-13


We show our appreciation in worship of the Father. We are are strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit. When these things occur, Christ dwells in our hearts by faith. At this point, we are filled with the fullness of God!

for this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I ask that out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Then you, being rooted and grounded in love, will have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19

Paul ends his letter concerning the mystery by giving glory to God. We are also to give glory to God. This glory is to be given in the church in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever.

Now to Him who is able to do so much more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭BSB‬‬

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After searching for what seemed too long a time in an effort to read the brief, I finally located it. I am placing a link here for those who may want to read for themselves, rather than accepting media propaganda! There are 213 pages in the brief that covers the case as presented to the court, the legal history of abortion by states, the court’s decision, and the justice’s concurrences or the dissension. Scroll to page 117 if you wish only to read each justice’s opinion.


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The Holy Bible teaches us about salvation and how to be saved. The word “Salvation”
occurs 164 times in 158 verses in the KJV of the Holy Bible. Salvation is…

He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ…


Jesus came bringing salvation. The apostle Peter teaches us the truth of biblical salvation:

“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “… by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead…This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
‭‭Acts‬ ‭4:8-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:3-9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

This passage from God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, written by Peter, is so filled with information and hope that it certainly should be studied, taught and believed!


In whose name is salvation for mankind? – Jesus Christ of Nazareth

Who causes us to be born again? – God, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ

When we are born again, to what are we born into? – to a living hope and an inheritance

Through what is this hope realized? – through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead

Three qualities are given to describe our inheritance. What are they? – imperishable, undefiled, and unfading

Where is our inheritance kept and who guards believers who live by faith? – kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded

Through what are they kept? – through faith, for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

What is the outcome of our faith? – The salvation of our souls!


“Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:10-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Salvation is important to all people because God created us and to live obedient and fruitful lives, yet all have sinned. Paul, in his letter to Timothy stated clearly that we need a Savior because we are sinners:

This is a trustworthy saying, worthy of full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst.
1 Timothy 1:15

Israel, those chosen by God, sinned. Gentles sin. We have all sinned and gone astray. We

“All Israel has transgressed Your law and turned away, refusing to obey Your voice; so the oath and the curse written in the Law of Moses the servant of God has been poured out on us, because we have sinned against You.”
‭‭Daniel‬ ‭9:11‬ ‭BSB‬‬

For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:22b-23

The Bible teaches that sin separates us from God and without Him we are lost and without hope.

“But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear. For your hands are stained with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue mutters injustice.”
‭Isaiah‬ ‭59:2-3‬ ‭BSB‬‬

The prophet Jeremiah and our Lord Jesus described people as lost sheep

My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray, turning them away on the mountains. From mountain to hill they have gone. They have forgotten their fold. Jeremiah 50:6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Matthew 10:6

Simply put, we are lost in trespasses and sins until we are rescued or saved by the Lord! It was for this purpose Christ left heaven and the glory He shared with the Father and came to earth to suffer and die for our sins.


For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Luke 19:10

Not only were we lost, we are dead in trespasses and sin without salvation and a Savior! Our Savior is Jesus Christ the Lord!

“When you were dead in your trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our trespasses, having canceled the debt ascribed to us in the decrees that stood against us. He took it away, nailing it to the cross! And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:13-15‬ ‭BSB‬‬

See Colossians 2

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On Being Found ’In Christ’

The writers of New Testament use the phrase ”in Christ” or ”in Christ Jesus” 76 times.

If we consider the many precepts that are taught concerning being ’in Christ’, perhaps we would be more attentive to making certain that we are found in Him.


On this topic, Paul wrote:

“But whatever was gain to me I count as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things as loss compared to the surpassing excellence of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God on the basis of faith.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:7-9‬ ‭BSB‬‬


Jesus taught that we who are believers must abide in Him. (John 15:1-6.) ‘In Christ’ is a very special place. This is where we are able to bear fruit. Even more importantly, ’in Christ’ we are reckoned dead to sin, but alive to God. (Romans 6:11) Jesus once told a man who asked to go and bury his father to “Let the dead bury the dead.” Would this not mean we become alive when we receive Christ!

Scripture teaches that in addition to the fact that God was’in Christ’ reconciling the world to Himself, (2 Corinthians 5:19), believers become one body’in Christ.’ (Romans12:5) We are justified or made right with God by our faith in Jesus Christ! Paul reminded the church at Galatia of the truth of this for both Gentiles and Jews…

“know that a man is not justified by works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:16‬ ‭BSB‬‬


—- the high calling of God ’in Christ’ (Philippians 3:14)

—- blessings ’in Christ’ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 1:3)

—- the Spirit of life ’in Christ’ (Romans 8:2)

—- faith ‘in Christ’ (Acts 24:24) (Galatians 3:26)

—- life ‘in Christ’ (1 Corinthians 15:22) (Galatians 2:16)

—- truth ’in Christ’ (Romans 9:1)

—- grace ‘in Christ’ (2 Timothy 2:14)

—- redemption ’in Christ’ (Romans 3:24) (1Corinthians 1:30)

—- law of the Spirit of life ’in Christ’ (Romans 8:2)

—- sanctification ’in Christ’ (1 Corinthians 1:2) (1Corinthians 1:30)

—- wisdom ’in Christ’ (1Corinthians 1:30)

—- will triumph ’in Christ’ (2 Corinthians 2:14)

—- spiritual blessings in heavenly places ’in Christ’ (Ephesians 1:3)

Not only to we receive the above blessings, check out Romans 8:1 to see what we avoid!

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1

Just as Jesus taught that we must abide in Him, Paul taught that the Christian life is a walk of faith. This doesn’t mean freedom to sin, but rather walking in the Spirit by faith in Christ.


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Beware…This Is The Age of Disinformation

Light is being called darkness and darkness is called light in today’s world. What should clearly be seen as evil is considered good by so many.

See Isaiah 5:20

“You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”
‭‭II Peter‬ ‭3:17-18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The word ’beware’ occurs 26 times in the King James translation of the Bible. The book of Thessalonians gives us a picture that can easily be seen as a description of today’s world and what we are experiencing.

It is easy to be confused in this age of disinformation. Lies are being told by people elected to represent us. Pictures are photoshopped and done so professionally the lay person cannot detect the changes. Clips are taken from videos and used to totally misrepresent what actually happened. Evil is being portrayed as good and good as evil.Words are used to hide the truth in this age of disinformation. Using language to deceive isn’t new, as we see from the words of George Orwell, but the magnitude of deception and the easy access to each person’s mind; this is new! Our children are indoctrinated, even as toddlers.

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
-George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

Disinformation is rampant. Even as we know it isn’t a new thing, because it has definitely increased in these last days, Paul’s warning to the Thessalonians is much more urgent today.

“Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to Him, we ask you, brothers, not to be easily disconcerted or alarmed by any spirit or message or letter seeming to be from us, alleging that the Day of the Lord has already come. Let no one deceive you in any way, for it will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness—the son of destruction—is revealed. He will oppose and exalt himself above every so-called god or object of worship. So he will seat himself in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that I told you these things while I was still with you? And you know what is now restraining him, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but the one who now restrains it will continue until he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will slay with the breath of His mouth and annihilate by the majesty of His arrival. The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the working of Satan, with every kind of power, sign, and false wonder, and with every wicked deception directed against those who are perishing, because they refused the love of the truth that would have saved them. For this reason God will send them a powerful delusion so that they believe the lie, in order that judgment may come upon all who have disbelieved the truth and delighted in wickedness.”
‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:1-12‬ ‭BSB‬‬

During this time in our world, where those who disseminate misinformation claim the right to fact check and decide what may or may not be published, we must keep in mind that all lies come from the father of lies, Satan. We are no match for Satan, but Christ is and He has defeated Satan already. Everything that is happening is being allowed by the One Almighty God who actually is constraining Satan until Christ takes His own out. Look at the above passage and remember that regardless of what people do or say it is Christ who won the battle and He will protect those who love the truth. Jesus is the Truth! Those who choose not to believe and who delight in wickedness will be sent a strong delusion to believe a lie. The stage is being set for the antiChrist to take control. Thankfully Jesus stated that the elect will not be deceived. SEE Matthew 24:24


“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
‭‭I Thessalonians‬ ‭4:13-17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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Romans 6:6-8 – Freedom!

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John :36

Someone asked me about Romans 6:6-7 this week. Taken out of context, this verse can so easily be misinterpreted. Also, I have discovered the NWT reads “acquitted’ rather than ‘freed’ in verse seven. When a person reads the NWT they read, “For anyone who has died has been acquitted from sin.” Now ‘acquitted’ carries a much different meaning than ’freed.’ Acquitted always means found not guilty. The vast majority of translations read ’freed’ rather than ‘acquitted.’ Freed holds the idea that a person no longer is held prisoner and/or no longer must serve a master. So, is Paul and God in His word saying that by dying we are declared ’not guilty’ of sin OR that we are no longer servants of sin? Getting this right is imperative!

Is this passage referring to physical death or dying to self and living to Christ?

To understand this passage, we need to read it in context and also consider the whole of scripture.

Romans 6:1-8
“What then shall we say? Shall we continue in sin so that grace may increase? Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer? Or aren’t you aware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection. We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. For anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭6:1-8‬ ‭BSB‬‬

The third sentence is very enlightening. Here we see that this passage refers to dying to sin. When we hear the word ”death,” we automatically think of physical death, but there are other kinds of death taught in scripture and while we think of physical death, Jesus had a much different view or perspective. In Jhn 8:24 He tells the Jews they will die in their sins if they do not believe that CHRIST IS WHO he claimed to be. Then He makes an astounding statement a little later in verse 51: ”Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.”Jesus did not say the body would not die, but that those who keep His sayings won’t see death! We all have seen physical death, but Jesus was speaking of another death here. Another death? Revelation 20 teaches of a second death. The scri also teach that believers are to be crucified with Christ! So we must comprehend the kind of dying of which Paul is speaking.

Returning to Romans 6 we see that we are to be baptized into Christ death. This is a work of God. An explanation is found in Galatians 2:20:

“I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And that which I now live in the flesh, I live through faith from the Son of God, the One having loved me and having given up Himself for me.“ Galatians 2:20

So we see that we are to identify with Christ and allow Him to put our old nature to death and we become new creations in Christ. We live through faith! Our old nature will be completely eradicated eventually because Christ paid the penalty and He died for us.

I fear it is blasphemy to teach our physical death in any way saves us. It is Christ who paid the penalty for our sin. It is because He lives that we may live and because He paid the cost, we can be forgiven. It is our baptism into Christ’s death that frees us from being slaves to our sin nature. Physical death will free us from this body of death. Only Christ’s death pays the price and frees us from the penalty of the second death.

For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit, 1 Peter 3:18

When Christ died those who have trusted Christ, whose lives are hidden in Christ, are crucified with Him and thus died in Him, which freed Christians from the law of sin and death.

A seemingly accurate explanation of Romans 6:7 is found at Bible Exposition Commentary:

Romans 6:7

Read Introduction to Romans   7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.   7 For The “for” indicates the ground for verse six. Christians should no longer sin because they died with Christ and died to their heritage in Adam. They are now associated with Christ. We are incorporated into Christ. … Continue reading Romans 6:7

Bible Exposition Commentary

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Matthew 13:32-33

“He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man planted in his field. Although it is the smallest of all seeds, yet it grows into the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:31-32‬ ‭BSB‬‬

How is the Kingdom of Heaven like a Mustard Seed? Jesus reminded His listeners that while it is the smallest of seeds in a garden, the mustard seed grows into the largest of plants and becomes a tree where birds find shelter. It seems this parable is true on many levels. God’s kingdom has grown steadily since the first person placed their faith in the coming Messiah. The Kingdom flourished in the years after the resurrection of Christ our Messiah and King. I suggest there is another aspect to this parable as well.

Jesus said to those living in Israel during His visitation on earth in human form that the Kingdom of heaven had come near them. (Matthew 4:14) A kingdom is ruled by a King. Almighty God revealed in the Revelation of Jesus that this same Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. (Revelation 19:16) All power has been given unto Him. Jesus was considered just a small man on earth yet He became the Chief Cornerstone, (Ephesians 2:20), the greatest of all.

See :Jesus is the Greatest of All.

So how is the Kingdom of Heaven like a tiny mustard seed? Perhaps Jesus was saying that just as the seed appeared tiny and perhaps insignificant to some, when He was born, He was tiny and Mary took care of Him as if He had no power. Yet by Him, all the nations of the world may be blessed and as birds rest in a Mustard Tree, the people of earth may rest in Christ.

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20

And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,…Revelation 5:9

The prophet Zechariah prophesied about that day. Time centers around Christ Jesus. The culmination of all things will be His return. The Bible was written to reveal to mankind His plan to save us from sin and self. I hope you will be standing with the ransomed! Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. Speaking of Jesus, John, called the Baptizer, said:

The One who comes from above is above all. The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks as one from the earth. The One who comes from heaven is above all. John 3:31

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