Scripture Reading: Galatians 2
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Be dead—died—not as a state of being dead but as an event. Live with—not future glory, but present state of life.
Dominion—rule, be lord of. He died to take care of the sin problem brought in my Adam. He lives an eternal glorified life with God free from any sin problem.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Likewise—just as Christ did. Live as dead to sin, sin is not your Lord, Jesus Christ is your Lord, live to and for Him. Reckon—count as part of the inventory.
--dead to sin as guiding principle of life; alive to newness of life in Christ. Live as insensible and inaccessible to sin and with devotion and allegiance to Christ.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield [present tense—keep on yielding, habit] yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Let not sin reign—depose sin, expel it, dethrone it as a king in a kingdom. Mortal body—actual flesh body, a neutral tool bent toward who rules it. Yield—to present, set beside, bring into one’s fellowship. Keep your will on God’s side, not sin’sside.
Members—parts of the physical body. Instruments—tools, weapons. 2 Corinthians 10:4—the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. Romans 13:12—put on armor of light.
Under the law—as a tyrant demanding obedience with no assistance. Law strengthened the tyranny of sin; grace deposes sin.
For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Dead to the law—no hope of justification or help there. No longer under its power. In Christ I see myself as dead, but body is still alive. New life lived not under law, compelling me to sin, but to live how God desires me to live.
Life I now live—as opposed to life before conversion. Just as Christ had a new life after His death, so do we. Christ is now the center of it, not me, not sin, not the law. By faith—in faith, faith is the element in which the new life is lived.
Frustrate—annul, invalidate, view as being useless. In vain—for no cause, no necessity for it.