By Norman P. Grubb
Paul’s Key to the Liberated Life
I suppose every eager searcher after God’s truth for the liberated life knows that the biblical key to opening the door lies in Paul’s letter to the Romans, chapters six to eight. I have been a persistent searcher for years, and these pages of my many Bibles have been well worn! I think now, in my nineties, as never before, I have in working focus what Paul is saying. So I am writing this for those who are also diggers and hopefully finders.
I will assume that we are already born-again knowers by God’s Spirit (Rom. 5:5). As confessed sinners, in our guilty and lost condition, we found “peace with God” through Christ, who was “set forth as a propitiation through faith in His blood” and “raised again for our justification” (Rom. 3:25; 4:25; 5:1, 5, 10).
Now we come to the practical question of Rom. 6:1, as up to date today as when it was first posed. Is there such a sure provision for daily consistent and holy living as for having the past blotted out? “Yes, surely”, says Paul. “Don’t you know that it is all part of the gift of a full salvation?” So in these chapters he begins to explain himself, and we will follow along.
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