Choose Your Path

This message will focus on the two paths that God has laid before each of us. Paul clearly marks these paths for us in the second half of Romans Chapter 6 and we all must choose. We can follow our own way (in disobedience to God, earning our just reward) or we can follow the way of God (in obedience) and receive the gift of eternal life. You are invited to join with us as we continue to grow in our understanding, gaining spiritual wisdom as we become more like Christ.

Romans: The Glory of the Gospel Part 15

Choose Your Path – Romans 6:15-23

Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – January 14th, 2018

 

Intro:

  • In this chapter, Paul is dealing with the application of theological truth to our everyday lives. He had firmly established our depravity against God’s righteousness, and how we can obtain forgiveness of sin and walk in new life because of what Christ did for us by taking the wrath of God for our sins upon himself.  We now live under grace and are not under the law.  Being under grace does not give us license to keep sinning but gives us the freedom and responsibility to live righteously.
  • Paul explains these things in today’s passage and details for us two paths that we can choose to follow. One path leads to eternal death and the other path leads to eternal life.

 

Rom 6:15-23 HCSB

What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! 16 Do you not know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were entrusted to, 18 and having been liberated from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness.

 

 19 I am using a human analogy because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you offered the parts of yourselves as slaves to moral impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification.

 

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from allegiance to righteousness. 21 And what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now, since you have been liberated from sin and become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification—and the end is eternal life! 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

The path of law

  • Sin/Disobedience – Moral Impurity – Greater and Greater Lawlessness – Eternal Death – Bad Fruit – Encouraged by Satan

 

The path of grace

  • Obedience – From the Heart to the Pattern of Teaching – Righteousness – Sanctification – Eternal Life – Good Fruit – Provided by Jesus

 

Summation verse: 

Romans 6:23 HCSB

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Supporting verses:

Prov 4:14-19 ESV

Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil. 15 Avoid it; do not go on it;

turn away from it and pass on. 16 For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. 18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. 19 The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.

 

Prov 5:21-23 ESV

For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths. 22 The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin. 23 He dies for lack of discipline,

and because of his great folly he is led astray.

 

Prov 10:16-17 ESV

The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin. 17 Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life,

 

Prov 13:6 ESV

Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked.

 

Prov 15:9 ESV

The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but he loves him who pursues righteousness.

 

Prov 16:25 ESV

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

 

James 1:13-15 ESV

But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

 

Matt 25:41-46 ESV

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’  44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’  45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’  46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

Conclusion

  • Each person on the planet has a choice to make. We can either be bound to sin, follow in its pathway and pay the penalty of the law or we can be bound to God, following the pathway of obedience to him and receive the gifts of grace and eternal life.
  • Next week in chapter 7, Paul gives us an example from the law pertaining to marriage to illustrate why and how we are to die to our old nature and live new in Christ.
  • The following week, Paul deals with the issue of what is happening internally when we follow God’s pathway of grace, even though we are pulled to continue sinning. He also will show us what we are to do about it.

Questions for the week ahead:

  1. What stood out to you from today’s message?
  2. Have you committed yourself to follow the path of grace wholeheartedly in obedience?