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Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ Romans 6:1-14 Review • All have sinned, and deserve death • God has graciously offered a means of salvation, life – He did so by justifying man by faith – Justification by faith provides reconciliation • We are learning how this justification happens – Began with the first sin which brought death – Juxtaposed it with Christ’s righteous death bringing life • Now we finally look at WHAT we must do and WHAT it does to us Answering Objections • Paul anticipates an objection to his last comment (Rom 5:20-21) – Someone might say, “Since grace abounds more when sin abounds more, does that mean we can keep sinning so we get more grace?” • Rom 6:1-2a – The answer is an unequivocal “NO!” – Why should that answer be obvious? • Because of how they came to receive that grace • Paul now reminds them of how they came to accept the grace offered by Christ How is grace accepted? • Rom 6:2b – Dying to sin • Making a conscious decision to give up sin • Repentance (turning away) from sin • Rom 6:3 – Baptized into His death • Accepted Christ’s gift by accepting His death as their own • Joined Christ’s death through baptism – That may not yet be clear, so Paul elaborates The meaning of baptism • Rom 6:4-5 – What did Christ do? was buried and arose He Died to a new life – How does our baptism act as joining Christ? Buried in water Arise Die to sins to a new life Why be baptized? • Rom 6:6-7 – To show our old life (of sin) is crucified • Repentance (Acts 2:37-38) – To allow our sins to be done away • Forgiveness (Acts 2:37-38) – To be freed from the power of sin • Salvation (Acts 2:39-41) • The power of sin is death (Rom 5:21) • The gift of God is eternal life (Rom 5:21) which frees us from sin (Rom 6:7) – If we are willing to repent and be baptized to accept the gift of God What about this “new life”? • Rom 6:8-11 – Christ’s resurrection showed His power over death • Since sin’s power was in death, the resurrection broke the power of sin – For those who believe (Justified by faith) – And have died with Him (repented and baptized) – Christ’s continued life is in service to God • So if we died in His likeness – Repentance and baptism • Then we should live again in His likeness – In service to God Living a new life • What does this “new life” look like when compared to the old one? • Rom 6:12-14 – If sin no longer reigns in us, then we should not follow its desires – Don’t use your body for sin – Present your bodies to God as instruments of righteousness • Law would only be able to condemn to death • God’s grace has set you free from death Answering the question • Remember where we began? Rom 6:1 – Should we sin so that grace will increase? – No, it would not make sense • To receive the grace . . . – We died to sin (repentance) – We were buried (baptism) – We rose to a new life (serving God righteously) – There is no room or place for returning to the old life of sin • To return would be . . . – To reject the grace you once accepted – To put yourself again under law, sin, and death Conclusion • God knows you need to be saved • God has provided the means of salvation through Christ’s death • God offers you His grace, but He has placed conditions on your acceptance of that grace – You must believe – You must repent – You must be baptized – You must live a new life • Is that too much to ask when He offers you eternal life?
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