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Living Water 30
I want to continue by looking at Romans 6:13 and a very important, very neglected principle, or principles of the Kingdom of Christ:
13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. Romans 6:13
This is a very neglected passage of Scripture. From sermons on television to blasphemous songs on Christian radio, all of the emphasis seems to remain on Christians dying, and whether that comes from the ancient misinterpretations of Peter's epistles that caused Christians to exercise their faith to get THROUGH persecution RATHER THAN to be delivered from it, or whether it comes, partially, to us today from the celebrations of the dead that there are in South America, I don't pretend to have it fully mapped out as to the origins. Perhaps depending on the statement being made that's Scripturally offensive; perhaps each statement divides somewhat neatly between those earliest Catholic errors and the South American cults that revere the dead. Even when it comes to how graphic Galatians 2:20 is, it says "nevertheless, I live," contrary to how many Christians understand that passage.
Romans 6:13, quoted above, fits into the same patterns that we were previously talking about in Ephesians about our holiness being in relation to walking out the will of the Head of every man, in relation to walking out the Spine of every man, and in relation to the place of husbands and fathers in the home that are fully discipled believers. What I'm about to say regarding Romans 6:13 is validated by the introduction of the marriage subject at the beginning of Romans 7, though I realize marriage is brought up as an analogy, but the only way that could be is if the imagery of both passages were compatible. Let's look at 1Corinthians 7:
32 But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord. 33 But he who is married cares about the things of the world—how he may please his wife. 34 There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world—how she may please her husband. 1Corinthians 7:32-34
I'm about to paraphrase a part of Romans 6:13 and it'll really depend on how closely you were listening to what we were previously talking about regarding holiness. Look at 1Corinthians 7:32-34 very carefully though, and see that God, Himself, understands this matter to be this way and isn't offended by it and neither should we be. Romans 6:13 is equally saying: And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God's Ephesians 4 Ordained Ministers as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God's Ephesians 4 Ordained Ministers. Likewise it's also saying, again based on Romans 7 and 1Corinthians 7: And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to your spouse as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to your spouse. Again, St. Paul said in 1Corinthians 7 that he who is married cares about the things of the world, how to please his wife; she who is married cares about the things of the world, how she may please her husband. However, we know how far people in the world go to satisfy themselves with multiple sexual partners, even within the marriage bed and even by mutual consent with bringing additional men and women into their marriage bed, yet Romans 6:13 is the rebuke of that, when you recognize Romans 6:13 as a general Kingdom of Christ principle that you present yourself alive not only to God but also to anyone that Ephesians says He's told you to present yourself to where His Ordained Ministries and your spouse is concerned.
So what am I saying here? You must aggressively live life and marriage never works between two people who've resigned themselves to die for one another, but marriage is a life to be taken by force in a righteous context with the fruit of the spirit that are growing from one's time in the Written Word:
5 Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. 9 To execute on them the written judgment— this honor have all His saints. Praise the Lord! Psalm 149:5,9
Marriage isn't a context where you've gotta be willing to die for one another, but where you stand on the death of Christ Jesus until He comes into full manifestation in your marriage. You stand on the death that He died to be married. He's the Covenantal sacrifice that makes your marriage a Christian godly marriage and your vows are oaths sworn in His Name over His broken Body and shed Blood. One person can't be committed enough for a marriage. Both people have to be fully committed to be married. People discover that truth all of the time when no matter how committed they were, their spouse has filed for divorce! You have to be Scripturally aggressive to have marriage in Christendom. You have to have a New Testament aggression of love that nobody can beat this marriage out of you, 'cause some years down the road you may teasingly say that you'd swear with your hand on a Bible that that's precisely what your spouse tried to do: beat that marriage out of you! You present yourself as alive through the broken Body and shed Blood of Jesus and your members as instruments of righteousness to your spouse recognizing that that's an area of submission that God has ordained for you to submit to and your spouse doesn't have that ordination in vain. Your marriage license is the 28th book of YOUR New Testament and it's as much filed in heaven as it is in your local county clerk's office! Your spouse doesn't have that Sword, or Oath, in vain. Let me paraphrase one more passage of Scripture that the whole New Testament would validate with an exhaustive restudy of marriage:
1 Let every soul be subject to the governing spouse. For there is no spouse except from God, and the spouses that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists their vows resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For spouses are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of your spouse? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For your spouse is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for your spouse does not bear the sword (i.e. your Covenantal vows to God) in vain; for your Covenantal marriage vows to God are God’s minister, a [Covenantal] avenger to execute wrath (God's intense love) on him/her who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath (God's intense love in your spouse) but also for conscience’ sake. Romans 13:1-5
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