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20 Wherefore [oun] if [ei] ye be dead [apothnesko] with [sun] Christ [Christos] from [apo] the rudiments [stoicheion] of the world, [kosmos] why, [tis] as though [hos] living [zao] in [en] the world, [kosmos] are ye subject to
20 If you have died with Christ
to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the
world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, NASB
Death is a separation
from something.In our study, that something
We can die physically from
life, or we can die (separate) spiritually from fellowship (our environment where
our spiritual life, functions).
But here, the death we
are studying is from the carnal life of unbelief, in favor of a spiritual life.
All death occurs in a
brief moment, a split second, as it were.
When you die
physically, your soul and spirit exit the physical body, leaving it behind
(because it is or was, never a part of your future).
When you commit a sin,
then you die or separate, from your fellowship status, instantly.
And in our passage,
your carnal unbelieving life terminates immediately when you believe in
Christ.In an instant, in a split
second, your spiritual death springs into life, and as far as your previous
life as an unbeliever goes, you are separated from it, dead from it,
forever.You can never go back to your
unborn state, from your re-born state.
So, when you believe in
Christ, from that moment on, for all of your eternal life, you are dead to your
unsaved life.Likewise, if you are
separated from your unsaved state, then you are no longer under the laws that regulate
that previous state.
Here Paul calls them
the elementary principles of the world.
refer to the basics of ones education as a child.
When you are a child
you learn the alphabet and numbers.You learn
sounds and words, and addition and subtraction.You learn to read and write. And these things are the earliest beginnings
of ones education.And that is how Paul describes the principles presented by world
In one respect, the
views of a child are humorous, but very simple.From no child who is just entering the learning process, can any
advanced opinion, be found.
And no matter what you
think of world opinion, no matter what opinions you might subscribe to, or have
subscribed to, they have been no better than the simple and silliest views of a
After all, what is said
to a child who has stated something that we know is obviously wrong? Wait until you grow up and then you will
That is exactly what
unbelievers, or spiritually deficient believers possess the silliness of immaturity
(at their very best).
World opinion is silly,
and irrelevant with regard to life, truth and especially with salvation and a
relationship with God.
World opinion promotes
such things as human dignity, human ingenuity, human sincerity, human good, human
righteousness, and so forth.World
opinion is supported by the Levitical Priesthood, the Mosaic Law and all of its
regulations, by religion, by cults, by philosophies that are beyond
counting.There are so many philosophies
out there, I don t think you could list them all.World opinion is backed up by government,
forms, bureaucracy, and volumes of legislative regulations.
World opinion promotes
the idea that man, by mans effort, can advance to the level of the Most High.World opinion promotes the idea that man can
write his own destiny, manage for all of his own needs, and eventually achieve
his own eternal life.
And of course, that
does us all no good until that fountain of youth is discovered.Anyone dying prior to that discovery (which
includes all of us), will never benefit from that discovery.
And yet, people in vast
majorities, will continue to pursue and follow those old rules, which Christ
nailed to the Cross, and no longer have any power, force or effect on life.
And Paul asks the
question, Why ?If you have been freed
from slavery, then why would you go back to it?If you have been given better food, then why go back to slop?If you have been cleaned up from filth and putrid
rot, then why would you jump right back into the decaying slop pit?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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