Romans: The Glory of the Gospel Part 14
Dead to Sin, Alive to God – Romans 6:1-14
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – January 7th, 2018
- We are now returning to our series in the book of Romans, and to help us to reengage our minds with the thought process of this book, we will review what we have covered so far.
- Chapter after chapter in the book of Romans, the Holy Spirit, through Paul, systematically links together key theological truths revealing the glory of the gospel. From the purpose for writing “to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations” (Rom. 1:5), to the theme of this letter “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith” (Rom 1:16-17).
- Then he dives into God’s wrath because of our unrighteousness and escalating depravity. He gives us the reasons why God is just in His judgment of both those who have the law of God and those who do not, for all of us fall short of the glory of God.
- He then tells us about the righteousness of God through the life, death and resurrection of the righteous one, Jesus the Christ, whom God put forth as a propitiation for our sins. The righteousness of Jesus is given through grace when we put our trust and faith in Christ for the forgiveness of our sins.
- He lays out that we are justified by faith alone, and not by works, because we cannot earn salvation, even though “works” is a “seal” that our faith is genuine. Paul used Abraham and his life, recorded in the Old Testament scriptures, as the theological example and foundation for being justified by faith. We are all children and heirs of the promise given to Abraham if we have the faith of Abraham to believe the promise of God which was fulfilled through “Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our Justification” (Rom. 4:25).
- In the first part of chapter five, we came to a fuller understanding of what we have through Christ: justification by faith, peace with God, access to grace, the ability to rejoice in hope and to rejoice in suffering. We came to understand that God’s love was shown to us in that while we were still sinner, Christ died for us, the righteous for the unrighteous, love to make us lovely. Not only did God show His great love for us in giving His son as a sacrifice for our sin, but through Christ we regained right relationship through reconciliation with God.
- In the second half of Romans Chapter 5, the Holy Spirit, through Paul, contrasts the life and legacy of Adam with the life and legacy of Christ to further illustrate and highlight what we have in and through Christ.
|Of Earth||Of Heaven|
|Chose to Sin||Chose to become Sin|
|Took from a tree||Gave on a tree|
|Made People Sinful||Made People Righteous|
|Death Reigns||Life Reigns|
|Live to Die||Die to Live|
- Romans 5 ends with these words of summation before Paul turns the focus in the next chapters to sanctification – how we are to live theological truth in relationship to God and to each other.
Rom 5:18-21 ESV
Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- Through Adam, one trespass led to condemnation for all. Through Christ, one act of righteousness led to justification and life for all. The law came to make us aware of our sin and therefore increased the trespass. But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.
- After this statement, Paul then states the rhetorical question that people may be asking:
Rom 6:1 ESV
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
- They are thinking, “If sin increases and grace increases, then why don’t we just sin more and more so that there can be more and more grace?” They think, and I have had people tell me, “It does not matter if I sin, because God is faithful and just and will forgive me of my sins (1 John 1:9). I will keep sinning to give God opportunity to show how grace-filled He is!” Here is how Paul responds to this way of thinking:
Rom 6:2-4 ESV
By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 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.
We died to sin to walk in newness of life
- When we say that we are a “Christian” and that we are “in Christ,” this means that we have died to walking in sin and we now live to walk in newness of life.
- This is what baptism symbolizes: we have been baptized into Christ’s death, being buried with him by baptism so that God’s glory would be seen in us as we now walk in newness of life. We died – to sin – so that we can now live in newness of life. By walking in this newness of life we will give glory to the Father. This is what is called being “born again.” We go in one way and we leave transformed.
2 Cor 5:17 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
- The miracle of salvation is not in the washing away of sins, but in the resurrection of new life. Forgiveness of sins is the process that we go through so that we can live new – this is the glory of God and point of salvation.
- Saying that we can sin more so that there can be more grace is ludicrous, and misses the whole point of salvation. Grace is the characteristic of God that is necessary to bring about the glory of God when His people have died to sin and walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5-11 ESV
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 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. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God
- We are united with Christ in His death and resurrection
- We are no longer enslaved to sin – we don’t have to do what sin tells us to do, we have been freed to live a life in service to God. We have the ability to walk in newness of life. Death no longer has dominion over us – we do not have to be afraid of it.
- We must consider ourselves “dead to sin.” We are to be “dead to it” . . . no reaction, no interaction, no response. We are to consider ourselves alive to God in Christ Jesus – there is a reaction, interaction and response to God – His word, His will, His word.
Rom 6:12-14 ESV
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13 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. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
Use your body for righteousness
- Sin is a slave master that wants to “reign” over you and get you to obey what it wants you to do. Don’t let it “reign” over you – you do not have to give into it anymore and let it lead you.
- Don’t give yourself over to this, make yourself available to sin or present yourself to it. What we are to do is present ourselves – our bodies and our lives – to God as instruments for righteousness.
- Grace gives us the freedom to live righteously – not the freedom to keep on living in sin. “Sin will have no dominion (reign, control, jurisdiction) over you” – you are not under law but under grace.
- We died to live, so therefore walk in newness of life. Consider yourself dead to sin Consider yourself alive to God. Use your body for righteousness
Questions for the week ahead
- Knowing that you are dead to sin, how will you practically walk in newness of life?
- How will you make yourself available to God?