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Romans, Part 17

Romans 6:1-7

Introduction

- Continuing on in Chapter 6, we encounter specific instructions for our lives

- Paul begins to outline the way we should live; expounding on Rom 5:20-21

- It is in these principles … we (Gentiles) should pay very close attention too

- Read Romans 6:1-7 / Pray

Point 1 – What then? (1-4)

- What we now see Paul doing is turning the focus of his teaching to “what’s next”

- God declares the sinner righteous in His eyes once they have come to Christ

- But what we will see in Chapters 6-8 is that this is a process; not automatic

- The process Paul is going to define is called “sanctification”

-- Being transformed into the likeness of Christ; but not automatically

- 5:20 shows us that where sin increased; we also see (NEED) Grace to expound

- The deeper our sin is, the more we need to receive God’s Grace in our lives

-- Simply stated: The more we mess up – the more God needs to work on us

- We are a work in process; we’ve not automatically arrived, and we won’t either

- What we see Paul teaching from 6-8 is very important for the Gentile

- It is the baseline of how we grow in Christ; prayerfully we’ll heed his example

- V1 begins with a rhetorical question; not really expecting an answer

-- As if to say: Since we are now forgiven, we get to live like we want, right?

-- Of course not … and Paul clearly answers this for those who are thinking it

- However, there is something else going on; something that we see TODAY

Consider the worldly argument to this same logic: “If sin brings grace, and lots of sin brings lots more grace, shouldn’t we sin as much as possible in order to keep the Grace flowing from Heaven?”

- Then, it gets another twist: “We know that cannot be true, so then, the doctrine of Grace must be false and should be abandoned.”

- APP: With just a slight twist of the intention, we’ve created a logical argument against God’s Grace and why it was given to us

- This is what we must be on the lookout for; and it is why Paul doesn’t leave room

-- “May it never be” = “Absolutely not!”

- Then, he closes the door on interpretation by reminding us of what we’ve done

- V3 reminds us of the sacrament of Baptism; following Christ into death

- We are now identified with Christ; brought into a fellowship with Him

-- Baptism (Greek word baptizo) literally means “to submerge or to immerse”

-- When we are baptized we are completely immersed, no more holding onto us

- APP: It is a complete transformation that shows others we surrender all we have

- Identification allows you and I to have a part in everything that is God’s

-- It’s (if I may) – the ultimate back stage pass, it is the key to unlocking all doors

- APP: Without identification, we cannot be called Children of God

- TRANS: Once we are baptized with Him, we are then united with Him

Point 2 – United Eternally with Christ (5-7)


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