Text: Romans 6
Perhaps the greatest deterrent we have to giving-in to our unlawful desires is to consider how truly wonderful it is to be justified by God, to have His forgiveness. And once we have His forgiveness, we need to make up our minds to stay that way.
SEPARATE FROM SIN (Rom 6:1-14)
A. God’s grace will not cover unrepented sins (Rom 6:1).
1. “How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” (Rom 6:2)
B. Baptism into the death of Christ:
1. The body of sin — As dead As — Christ’s body in the tomb (Rom 6:3).
2. The body of sin — As buried As — Christ’s body in the tomb (Rom 6:4).
3. The new life in Christ — As changed As — Jesus’ life in Heaven (Rom 6:4-5).
a. The liberty from sin (Rom 6:6-9).
b. The righteous life for God (Rom 6:10-14).
STRUGGLE WITH SIN (Rom 6:15-23)
A. Faith in Christ is not a substitute for obedience to Him.
1. “Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!” (Rom 6:15)
B. Baptism – Before and After:
1. Impure, lawless, shameless, unrighteous, slaves to sin (Rom 6:16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23).
2. Obedient, righteous, sanctified slaves to God (Rom 6:16, 18, 19, 22, 23).
A. Nurture a heart of repentance (Rom 6:1-14); we do sin.
B. Nurture a heart of obedience (Rom 6:18-19, 22); we are slaves.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit …, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Cor 6:19-20)
— By Boyd Jennings