Romans 5 ends by Paul addressing the fact that righteousness is a gift and Christ’s life led to our being justified (declared righteous) freely by grace. Now…
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
Are we to sin so that magnanimity of God can be shown? Do we need to act bad so that God can act good? Ludicrous but some were saying this.
I have my suspicions as to why people came up to this conclusion
Knowing human nature, this just allows them to continue heading in the wrong direction, not resisting the pulls of the flesh but giving in to and now coming up with this playground excuse, “My sinning allows God to show grace towards us”
1 Peter 1:16 because it is written, “BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”
Leviticus 11:44, Leviticus 19:2, Leviticus 20:7;
What does Amos 3:3 say? Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?
Romans 5 speaks of the necessity for reconciliation
Our sins separate us from God. Isaiah 59:2 And we are not being Holy as He is – so we cannot walk with God in agreement – in oneness. We cannot be at one with God if we are sinning.
How does Paul answer? Emphatically yet again:
Romans 6:2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
Check point: a location whose exact position can be verified to aid navigation.
We are to come OUT of it and not live IN it any longer. That was there problem, they were content to live IN it and use the excuse that it makes God great because He can show more grace.
Romans 6:3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
Our death to sin.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Isaiah 53:6 … And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:11 … For He shall bear their iniquities.
Isaiah 53:12 … And He bore the sin of many, …
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Sin and its penalty was buried with Christ and died
In a similar way we go down into the watery grave and die as Christ did, the difference being is that we go down with our own sins.
Now notice how Paul continues to emphasize our union WITH Christ in this process down through :8; we do not do this alone; that He goes through all of these things WITH us
Romans 6:4 Therefore [Summing up this aspect of whether we should sin or not.] we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
We see that baptism is a symbolic nurial and resurrection pointing to a literal-> burial at death then resurrection at the return of Christ
walk in newness of life …
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Action; how we are to be acting; walk as Jesus Christ walked; walk with Him
1 John 2:3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
1 John 2:4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
1 John 2:5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
1 John 2:6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
We have a life now of Christ in us. We do not want to involve Christ in our sin, but we want to involve ourselves in His life.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Romans 6:5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be [can we say united] in the likeness of His resurrection,
United = (KJV) planted together G4854
What we have to look forward to. We will struggle and strive in this life, but:
Romans 6:6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
Romans 6:7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. [freed from the penalty of sin and the hold it has on us]
Ephesians 4:22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
Ephesians 4:23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
Ephesians 4:24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, putting away lying, “LET EACH ONE OF YOU SPEAK TRUTH WITH HIS NEIGHBOR,” for we are members of one another.
Ephesians 4:26 “BE ANGRY, AND DO NOT SIN“: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,
Colossians 2:12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
Colossians 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
We are then to be acting a certain way
Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,
Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, [perfect, holy righteous, character][we are to be moving on to perfection like Him]
Colossians 3:11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;
Colossians 3:13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
Romans 6:8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
Romans 6:9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.
Paul expounds on this a little more:
2 Timothy 2:11 This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him.
2 Timothy 2:12 If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.
Matthew 24:13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
If we die with Jesus Christ and then live with Him, then we will indeed live with Him forever
Romans 6:10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all [this is what we were talking about in :3]; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
He lives a Godly life the same type of life we are to live now
Romans 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin [because they have been baptized], but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Live a Christian life following the example of Christ and the one that He left for us and the one that He lives now :10
Romans 6:12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
We are to continue to fight against human nature. Not sin. Obey the law.
It is not once saved always saved!
Romans 6:13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
Speaking to baptized Christians
What does this say of the respect that we should have for what Christ did for us?
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under [penalty of the ] law but under grace.
*We are NOT to sin even more so now. Paul is saying that now that we are under grace we should now more than ever KEEP the LAW and not sin.
How different is this from what the world teaches! Paul is going to be very disappointed in the resurrection. He painstakingly made it clear that the we are not to sin and we are to keep the law with statements like this in :15
Romans 6:15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!
Check point! a location whose exact position can be verified to aid navigation as we pilot our way through this book.
Instead of Shall we sin we can just as easily say, “Shall we break the law?”
Paul is now saying that it is now more than ever incumbent upon us to keep the law now that we are “under grace”
NOW that: Romans 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
NOW that: Romans 5:10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
NOW that: we are walking in this new life / in step / in sync with Him
NOW that: we are under grace / NOW that God has shown us His grace His love
NOW that we know 1 John 5:3 … the love of God, is keeping His commandments
NOW that we know Psalm 119:172 all Your commandments are righteousness.
NOW that we know we are slaves to righteousness we should keep ALL the commandments of God
Romans 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
We live a life of obedience, one way or the other. Do you obey God or Do you obey ______
We are to be slaves to righteousness; righteousness is Ten Commandments
Psalm 119:172 My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness.
Psalm 119:165 Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.
Romans 6:17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.
Paul is thankful, to God who made it possible for them to understand the teaching / doctrines that they had been given.
Things are different now that by the Grace of God we understand the type of life that we are to lead. By God’s Grace [His love that He gives to us Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We did not do anything to deserve it or earn it, yet He showed us favor by giving us the gifts such as repentance, faith, and righteousness so that we could begin to understand and obey His doctrines ]
Romans 6:18 And having been set free from [penalty of ] sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
Hebrews 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
Through His blood, we have the forgiveness of sins. (Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14)
This comes after His death. We must call upon it.
Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
Hebrews 10:27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.
Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
Now that we have God in us and working with us, we CAN keep the commandments and please God.
To which way do we submit?
Romans 6:19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessnessleading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.
We understand some of these things because of the analogies of the flesh until we grow
Romans 6:20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
We come under the full effects of the law when we come to the knowledge of it. For us that time is now. Those that God is working with, those that will be in the first resurrection. Most others will have their chance after the second resurrection. We have the choice of whether to obey God’s Word, His Law or not now and live.
Romans 6:21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
This is where this way of life leads
Romans 6:22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
This is where this way of life leads
Galatians 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,
Galatians 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
Galatians 5:21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Galatians 5:23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is what we earn for our works of sin, that is what we earn, so eternal life has to be a gift and it, or salvation is yet another gift that we receive by the grace of God.