Romans 6

Overview

    If our sin makes God’s glory shine even brighter, how about we keep sinning? This chapter unpacks that argument. First, if we have died to sin, how can we turn back to it? Because we are born again, have died to sin, we are now on the path toward Life, and sin is contrary to our new nature in Christ because sin leads toward Death. Second, we were once slaves to sin, but now we are slaves to righteousness. Our obedience to sin makes us slaves to sin, and our obedience to God makes us slaves to righteousness. We gained nothing from our sin, but now there is fruit in our future. How many times have I sinned thinking I would gain, and it is not the case? But now we have freedom from sin, fruit, sanctification, and Eternal Life!

Characters

Paul, all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints, all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus, Jesus, the Father, our old self

Key Verse

Verse 22 “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.”

Cross References

Romans 6:17-18 “But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.”

1 Corinthians 7:22-23 “For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men.”

1 Peter 2:16 “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.”

Romans 7:4 “Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.”

1 Peter 1:8-9 “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

Conclusion

    This is one of those chapters that is easy to read and say, “I don’t think this way.” Let me give you another example, you are tempted to sin, as everyone is. Is there a chance that you might think, “If I give in this time, I can always be forgiven”? That is what Paul is arguing against.

Baptism is both a funeral and a resurrection. A good friend, and fellow missionary in Tunisia sent her newsletter with a picture of a gaudy bathtub which they had used to baptize a new Christian. She asked what we, the readers, saw in the picture. A bathtub. What she then explained was that she saw a grave, by baptism we have put to death the sin that entangled, have cleaned it off, and as we come out of the water we are joining Christ in His resurrection.

In Horizons we have a call and response that goes like this:

God is Good            All the Time

All the Time            God is Good

And the Best            Is Yet to Come

Because There is Fruit        In My Future

Tomorrow: Psalm 32

Thank you for reading. I am excited to hear your key verses, observations, and thoughts! Please leave a comment to share them with us.

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One thought on “Romans 6

  1. I have understood baptism as being “born from above”, being “marked” as a child of God, and as such, living in the Light of Christ. I remember telling my dad some time ago that all we need is to truly accept Jesus as the Christ and Messiah. He argued that that is not enough; one must also do “good” works. I replied by stating that if one truly believes, one would act in the same manner as that which (s)he believes.

    It would seem, then, that sin is a suspension of the belief in Jesus as the Christ and Messiah identifying a belief in something else — even if temporarily. I have to come back to earlier comment that has been pressed on the eyes of my mind, “Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and these things will be added unto you”.

    Doesn’t it seem reasonable and even likely that if my attention is continually on seeking first the kingdom and His righteousness, that I would also be walking in the Light of the One who has “marked” me as a child of His, in His Son who is the Christ and who has redeemed all sin for those who accept Him? Living the “Christian” life seems to be a way to live or manner of life because of the gift of redemption much more than something one can do for it.

    The whole book of Romans is quite outstanding!

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