God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
The answer to the question that Paul asked is that we cannot continue in sin because we have died to sin. When Jesus died for us, He died as our Representative. Therefore, when He died, we died. This does not mean that we are sinless, it means that we identify with Christ in His death, and in all that His death means.
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Paul wrote of some of the new privileges believers experience. We are no longer strangers or foreigners but fellow citizens in heaven and a member of the household of God.
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
If we belong to God, He will “chasten” us, which means He will instruct, discipline, and correct us. His chastening is not designed to discourage us but to cultivate Christian character and to drive out evil from us. The fact to remember – God only chastens those who belong to Him.
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Paul wrote of the self-sufficiency of Christ and the perfect standing that all believers have in Him. When we are in Christ, we have all we need now and for all eternity.
1 Corinthians 2:16
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
The answer to the rhetorical question is God cannot be known through the power or wisdom of men. He is known only as He chooses to make Himself known. However, those who have the mind of Christ are able to understand the deep truths of God and His Word.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Paul stated a truth that is a great encouragement to us – there is nothing that can separate us from the love of Christ – and gave evidence for it – a search was made through every circumstance and situation that could possibly separate an individual from God’s love and the conclusion is made that there is nothing that can separate a born-gain believer from it.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Paul reveals God’s divine purpose for every child of God – to be morally like Jesus, absolutely free from sin, and have a glorified body like His.
1 Peter 2:9
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Peter focuses on the privileges and responsibility of believers. Privileges – we are a chosen generation, chosen by God before the foundation of the world, a royal priesthood, which proclaim the excellencies of God, a holy nation, we are to live a life that is distinguished by holiness, and a peculiar people, a people who belong to God in a unique relationship and are a special value to Him. Responsibility – to proclaim the excellencies of Him, who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.
2 Timothy 1:9
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Paul explains to Timothy God’s wonderful dealings in grace. God saved us, this means He delivered us from the penalty of sin, constantly delivers us from the power of sin, and, in the future, will deliver us from the presence of sin. God called us, He has a specific purpose for each and every one of us and our responsibility is to follow and fulfill it in our life.
1 John 5:20
And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
John testified to the fact that Jesus has come. The coming of Jesus has been revealed to us by the one who is true, God Himself, and through Him eternal life is found and can be experienced.