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Romans- Week 9- Day 2- Romans 10:9-10

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.

Romans 10:9-10

Explanation:

Paul gets down to the heart of what saving faith looks like. It is an acknowledgement and a trust in the person of Jesus Christ and who He is. When we confess Jesus Christ as the the Lord and Messiah with our mouth, believing in our heart that He died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, and that He rose again on the third day according to the scriptures, placing our trust in Him by calling on Him to save us, we will be saved. That is promise language, and Jesus always comes through on his promises.

The prayer doesn’t save us.  God saves us.  This is why He includes believing with the heart and confessing with the mouth.  Calling on the Lord is an expression of the trust that we are placing in Christ as our only hope for salvation.  We agree with God about our sin, acknowledge who He is, and turn from our sin to Him as our hope for salvation.

He says that with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.  God imputes righteousness to thos who believe by faith.  The one who believes is now right with God not by the deeds of the law, but by God crediting Jesus’ obedience to our account.

Application:

Salvation comes through faith in Christ alone. I’m so glad that it is not by works that we must achieve righteousness, because we would be without hope.  There is a place for works.  We do good works after we are saved because of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling activity in our lives.

Salvation is for everyone who believes. We must believe ourselves, and make this news known to every person in our influence and beyond.

Salvation was made possible by the resurrected Christ. We know that salvation is possible because Jesus Christ died and was proven to be the Son of God with power by resurrection from the dead.

And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  (18)  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.  (19)  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  (20)  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  1 Corinthians 15:17-20

Response:

1. Believe.

2. Proclaim.

3. Rejoice!

Romans: Week 6- Day 5- Romans 6:12-14

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 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.

Romans 6:12-14 

Explain:

One of the most important interpretive words in Paul’s epistles is the word translated “therefore”.  He is tying what He is saying or about to say to what has been said.  So, what has been said?  Because we have been justified by faith we are no longer slaves to sin.  We are dead to sin and alive to Christ. 

It is on this basis then that Paul says, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obe it in the lust thereof.”   When we reckon, or consider, or estimate that we are dead to sin, then naturally sin no longer dominates in our bodies.  We know longer have to be obedient to sin.  We don’t offer our bodies up to sin to be used to do sinful things.  Rather, since we are alive to God, we offer our bodies up to him to do righteously. 

So the grace that is given, by faith, through justification leads us to righteousness, since it breaks the power of sin.  Sin doesn’t dominate our lives any longer.  Now we are dominated by the grace of God.

Apply:

By saying “let not” Paul implies that a believer can still allow sin to dominate him at times, even though as a believer we are dead to sin.  Have you ever been there?  I’m sure you have.  As believers, we must choose by faith to reckon ourselves dead to sin.  We must consider ourselves alive to God, and rely on His power to help us fight temptation.

Respond:

Today, let these words be on the tip of your tounge:

  • No.
  • I’m dead to that.
  • Lord, please help me to reckon myself dead to sin, and alive to you!

Romans: Week 6- Day 4- Romans 6:8-11

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.  (11)  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:8-11 

Explanation:

Paul continues to think through the implications of Christ’s death and ressurection.  The crucifixion of Christ lead to his resurrection.  Death no longer has power over Christ. He only had to pay for sin one time.  Sin’s consequence is death, and since sin has been paid for sin is no longer demands the death of Christ.  Death has no power over him.

It is the same for us that are in Christ.  So Paul makes this incredible statement in one key word.  The word is “reckon”.  Strongs concordence defines the word translated “reckon”, λογίζομαι (logizomai), this way:

to take an inventory, that is, estimate (literally or figuratively): – conclude, (ac-) count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).

Strongs Concordence

It is an accounting term.  Paul is saying when you estimate yourself in relationship to sin, run the numbers, and come to the right conclusion.  You and I who are in Christ are dead to sin.  We are also alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Justification doesn’t just lead us to right standing, it leads us to right living.  We’re not just positionally right with God, now we’ve been given the power of God to be alive to Christ and dead to sin.

Application:

The problem with “reckoning” ourselves dead to sin is that we must believe this truth by faith.  Just as we are justified by faith, we must also be sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ.  You may not feel dead to sin in the moment, but it’s precisely in that moment of temptation where we must consider ourselves dead to sin.  “I’m dead to that.”  These 4 words might be exactly the right words to say by faith when temptation comes.

Response:

Do you consider yourself dead to sin and alive to Christ?  Try it today when you face temptation.

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!