Romans: Week 6- Day 3- Romans 6:5-7

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  (6)  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  (7)  For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Romans 6:5-7

Explanation:

What incredible joy this passage is bringing to those who read it and believe. This text should absolutely astound us.

Paul is saying that justification is not just some legal matter between us and God. Yes, God declares us righteous based on Christ’s imputed righteousness to us through His obedience in life and death, and through the power of His resurrection. But this declaration has real world implications in our life right now. For those of us who have been justified, we have a new reality. We have a new life. We have a new relationship both with God and with sin. Our relationship to sin is characterized with the death and burial of Jesus Christ. Sin’s power doesn’t automatically overpower us anymore. Our relationship to God is characterized by Christ’s resurrection. If the old man of sin has been crucified with Christ on the cross, then the new man of righteousness has now been made alive in the likeness of His resurrection. Now we don’t have to serve sin. We can serve the Lord. Why? “For he that is dead is freed from sin.”

Application:

One of the tough things about applying this passage is that often this reality isn’t felt by many professing Christians. We still sin. Sin doesn’t always feel dead in us. Why?

One reason it could be this way is that someone hasn’t been justified. Maybe they don’t feel free from sin because they have never placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

As a believer, you may not feel free from sin because you are continuing to serve sin instead of Christ. Even though you are free from sin as a master, you’re not considering yourself dead to sin. We’ll talk more about this in the next few verses. Just as justification is by faith, so sanctification happens by faith as well.

Response:

– If you don’t know Christ as Savior, repent and believe the Gospel today!

– As a believer, if you are struggling with sin today, consider yourself free from sin and alive to Christ.   Confess your sin and repent. Walk in newness of life!

Romans: Week 6- Day 2- Romans 6:3-4

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  (4)  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:3-4 

Explanation:

In this text Paul uses baptism as an illustration of what happens to our relationship with sin when we are saved.  When we come to know Christ as Savior we are “in Christ.”  Our identity with Christ means that we identify with his person, death, burial, and resurrection.  This means that as those who identify with Christ, we are dead to sin.  Our old selves are identified with sin, but our new life is in Christ.  We are no longer slaves to sin.  We are no longer under sins power.  Now we walk in newness of life.

This doesn’t mean that we no longer sin.  Until heaven we will not be sinless.  What it does mean is that sin is no longer our master.  It is no longer our identity.  Christ is our identity.

Application:

If you don’t know Christ as Savior, sin is still your master.  God wants to free you from sin, and make you alive in Christ. 

If you do know Christ as your Savior, we are going to see in the coming verses that we must consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to Christ.  Since Christ died for our sins, and we are identified with him, we must forsake sin, and by faith ask God to help us walk in newness of life.

Response:

We need to be controlled by the Spirit today to fight or flee from temptation in our lives.  If we have unconfessed sin, we must confess and repent today.

Romans: Week 6- Day 1- Romans 6:1-2

1  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Romans 6:1-2

Explanation:

It is very common in the book of Romans for Paul to preemptively provide arguments to the objections his reader may have.   Up until this point He has been making a real case for justification by faith.   To summarize this case, let us say that we can not be saved by our good works.  When we violate any one part of the law we violate the whole thing. Our good deeds can not oughtweigh our sins. As sinners our works can not justify us before a Holy God. So God provided His Son to keep the law on our behalf. He punished His own Son for our sins on the cross.  The blood of Christ atoned for our sin and saved us from the wrath of God for our sin. We are now justified by faith in Christ. Our new position before God, when we trust in Jesus, is a position of grace.  We have an unmerited favor with God because of what Christ has done.

So what’s the objection one may have to this? It is characterized in verse 1. Someone may say, “If I’m good at sinning, and God is good at forgiving, and sinning, although bad, allows for forgiveness and grace, which is good, then maybe God and I have a good partnership?! I keep doing what I’m good at (sinning) and God will keep doing what He’s good at (grace)!”. Though of another way, some have argued against the Gospel because they say that if they were to believe that your saved by faith you can just live however you want and it doesn’t matter.

Paul’s argument against this is pretty strong. In verse 2 he says “God forbid.” The English translators use this phrase because they wanted to denote how strongly Paul objected to this. A more literal translation of this phrase is “may it never be”. The point is that Paul couldn’t more strongly disagree with this assessment of the Gospel of grace through faith. Why? Because it leaves out a crucial point.

Paul says that when we get saved we are “dead to sin”. In the coming days we’ll study the rest of this text that explains what this means.  For now, let us just say that when we get saved some amazing things happen in us and not just for us. God sends His Holy Spirit to indwell every believer at the moment of salvation.  His Spirit can not leave.  If you are saved you are indwelled by the Holy Spirit. The Bible says that every person that knows Christ as Savior is a new creation.

17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2Co 5:17 (KJV)

God is doing something incredible in us when we get saved. It doesn’t mean that we will become sinless, but it does mean that our desires change.  Our relationship with our sin changes, because our relation to God has changed.  We are dead to sin.

Application:

It may be hard to believe on some days that we are dead to sin. We’ll talk more about this in the next few days, but suffice it to say for now that just as we are saved by faith, God desires us to live by faith.  We must trust God in moments of temptation to help us to consider ourselves dead to sin.

We must strive to discipline ourselves against the very thing that put Christ on the cross.  We should not live any longer therein!

Response:

Is there a sin that you’re struggling with?  The answer should be yes in the sense that we all will fight sin until we get to heaven.  What’s the proper response? Repentance and confession.   Take some time to do that today!

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Romans: Week 5- Day 5- Romans 5:9-11

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  (10)  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  (11)  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Romans 5:9-11 

Explanation:

Paul, having the experience and the influence of being around jewish rabbis, was used to a teaching method of teaching from the lesser to the greater.  “Much more then” is  a classic example.  What is amazing about the truth that he is expounding is that the “lesser” is already pretty incredible.  What has he said?  We have peace with God. We have been given access to God through a position of grace.  God became flesh and died for us while we were sinners!  Now he goes on to this incredible truth.  Because of the blood of Jesus Christ we will be saved from the wrath of God.  No punishment.  No hell.  No pain.  No separation from God.  It was all poured out on Jesus on the cross for us.  

We were reconciled, or brought near by the death of Christ.  Now that we’ve been reconciled, we will be saved by the life of Christ.  This brings us joy and fulfillment in God through Jesus Christ right now.  It impacts our past in that all of our sins have been forgiven, it impacts our future, in that we will be saved by His life and won’t go to hell, and it impacts our present because we joy in God having received this atonement!

Our sins are forgiven.  Our punishment has been given.  God’s wrath has been satisfied.  Now we are living the benefits, and looking forward to the benefits to come!  

Application:

All of these benefits come by faith.  Justification with God comes by faith through grace.  Have you put your faith in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins?

What about your friends?  Family? Co-workers?  Neighbors?  Do the know?

Response:

1. Trust.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  (10)  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  (11)  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  (12)  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  (13)  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10:9-13 

2. Praise.

In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,

Fullness of God in helpless babe.

This gift of love and righteousness,

Scorned by the ones He came to save

Till on that cross as Jesus died,

The wrath of God was satisfied

For every sin on Him was laid

Here in the death of Christ I live.

“In Christ Alone” – 2001- Townsend and Getty