Romans 6

Romans 6 is about one topic – sin.  Scripture defines sin as ‘missing the mark’ and the result is that it separates us from God.  Paul is challenging believers and their view of sin.  “Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound”?  Just because Jesus death covers our sin – it isn’t a ticket to just do whatever we want because we’ll be forgiven anyway.  “By no means! How can  we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us  who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were  buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life”.

When we become a believer, we are set free from the penalty of sin, but not its power.  We have to choose to walk in the new life we have as a Christ Follower.  “We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin”.  The power of Jesus is in us, and through the Holy Spirit we can be overcomers of the sin that has plagued us.  “We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin,  once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God”.  Jesus conquered sin once for all through his death, burial and resurrection.

But sin pursuits and the enemy continually chases us to attempt to get us to fall back to our old ways.  “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness”.  We are not controlled by our sin.  Sin is a choice.  The devil doesn’t make us do it.  We choose sin over righteousness.  And we can choose righteousness over sin.  Sin is a choice.

We are set free.  We just have to choose to live that way. “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace”.  Sin is a serious deal.  Society today has somewhat dismissed sin and doesn’t even like to admit it matters.  But in God’s economy, sin is a very big deal.  It has eternal consequences if we don’t deal with it.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”.  Sin is why Jesus had to go to the Cross.  It matters.  We have to address it.  Jesus is the way God has provided to be set free.

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