Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer?
Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious of the Father, so we too might live and behave in newness of life.
For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be His resurrection .
We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that body of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin.
For when a man dies, he is freed (loosed, delivered) from sin .
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
Because we know that Christ (the Anointed One), being once raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has power over Him.
For by the death He died, He died to sin once for all; and the life that He lives, He is living to God .
Even so consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Let not sin therefore rule as king in your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies, to make you yield to its cravings and be subject to its lusts and evil passions.
Do not continue offering or yielding your bodily members to sin as instruments (tools) of wickedness. But offer and yield yourselves to God as though you have been raised from the dead to life, and your bodily members to God, presenting them as implements of righteousness.
For sin shall not exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law , but under grace .
What then ? Shall we sin because we live not under Law but under God's favor and mercy? Certainly not!
Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)?
But thank God, though you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient with all your heart to the standard of teaching in which you were instructed and to which you were committed.
And having been set free from sin, you have become the servants of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in thought, purpose, and action).
I am speaking in familiar human terms because of your natural limitations. For as you yielded your bodily members as servants to impurity and ever increasing lawlessness, so now yield your bodily members once for all as servants to righteousness (right being and doing) to sanctification.
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
But then what benefit (return) did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
But now since you have been set free from sin and have become the slaves of God, you have your present reward in holiness and its end is eternal life.
For the wages which sin pays is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.
Summary: Happy “Newness” Sunday, Everyone
Friends, when Jesus Christ enters your life, you don’t grow wings; you don’t develop a halo, and you are miles and miles from being holy. When Jesus Christ comes into your life, the battle begins!
Summary: An Easter Sermon exploring the two essential truths about Easter based upon the Apostle Paul's statement in Romans 6:4, which is that Christ rose from the dead and that there's a new life to all who will believe.
Summary: Because of the indwelling Holy Spirit, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is the power that enables us to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the sinful thinking, immoral conduct and fickled feelings.
Summary: Many Christians are looking to anything and everything to sustain them. But they tragically miss the main thing. They've already been made alive in Christ. It's time to discover the Source of life, and begin living from the Source-to the glory of God!
Summary: THIS IS THE SECOND OF A TWO-PART SERMON ON PAUL'S TEACHING ON SANCTIFICATION. HE USES BAPTISM TO TEACH THAT AS CHRISTIANS WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER THE DOMINION OF SIN BECAUSE WE UNITE WITH CHRIST, NOT JUST IDENTIFY WITH HIM, IN HIS DEATH, THROUGH BAPTISM.
Summary: Many are not able to overcome temptations, corruption and attractions because they have failed to seal the entry point completely, even a small leakage can damage the entire stuff. Are you listening?
Summary: When we read the accounts of the resurrection of Jesus it seems as if His enemies believed He had risen and His followers did not. In this contemporary world many are trying to put Jesus back into the tomb and re-seal it with the stone of death!