Romans 6 – Week 3
- Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace?
- Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?
- Have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death?
- We died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
- Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was.
- We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.
- For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.
- And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him.
- We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him.
- When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God.
- So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
- Do not let sin control the way you live;[a] do not give in to sinful desires.
- Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.
- Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
Paul starts off this chapter with a major question: Since we are NOT saved by works, but rather by God’s grace, why not continue to sin? Afterall, there are no consequences, right? We’re saved by grace! Paul responds with a major “NOOO!” or I think he actually says “GOD FORBID!” in the KJV. When we are saved, the Holy Spirit delivers us from the attitude of sin.”
Then Paul starts to introduce baptism to the Romans. And not just a sprinkling of water on your forehead, but being fully submerged in water as a symbol of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Going completely under the water as the old sinful you, and raising back up out of the water no longer enslaved by sin. Though you are already without sin when you become saved, baptism is a symbolism of dying to your sin nature, burying the old you, and rising again as Christ did from death. We too must rise from the death of ourselves.
Don’t entertain sinful practices, don’t allow yourself to be drawn to sinful practices, Fill your time with God- honoring activities.
In verse 19 Paul issues a call for Believers to separate themselves from the devices of living that are characterized as rebellion against God and embrace Godly Christian living instead.
Lost people are heading for spiritual death (think Lake of Fire) but the saved are heading for eternal life with Christ. Essentially the cost of our sin is our immortality.