God's Word for Today Romans 6
March 18, 2012
Paul ended chapter five talking about being in Christ, through the grace of God.
There was a contrast between the sin of Adam and the obedience of Christ.
No matter how great the sin, the grace of God is greater. Someone might
suggest, then the more we sin, then the more grace God gives. The subject
of this chapter is the ability of God to make sinners, whom He has declared
righteous, actually righteous in their daily lives. He shows that the justified
sinner cannot continue in sin because he died and rose again in Christ. To
continue in sin leads to slavery to sin and is the additional reason for not
continuing in sin. The believer has a new nature now, and he is to obey God.
This section shows that a believer should not do as he pleases. Before we were
united with Adam, now we are united with Christ. Union with Christ in His
death and resurrection means that Jesus is now our Lord and our Master. He gives
us freedom, but that freedom is not permission to sin, as we are going to see.
A great Bible teacher in America challenges people who are struggling with sin
in their lives, to memorize this passage of Scripture at least the first few
verses. It says, what shall we say, but you can make it personal
and say, what shall I say, shall I continue in sin that grace may abound?
God forbid how can I who am dead to sin continue to live in it?
About twenty six years ago, I believed God was calling me to be a pastor.
One of the things I was convicted about, that I must stop doing, if I ever was
going to be effective in the ministry, was to stop smoking. I knew I was
harming my body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit and this would be a bad
testimony, for a man who would be a pastor to be a smoker. Yet, it seemed
since I had smoked for many years, since I was ten years old, it was very
difficult for me to quit. I did two things that made me able to quit this
habit. I memorized these verses in Romans 6, and when I was tempted to
smoke, I would say them, and the second thing I became accountable to a group of
people. I was teaching a home Bible study and I told them, I have been a
smoker for about 20 years and God has convicted me, that I must quit, please
pray for me and hold me accountable. If I continue to smoke, I will
tell you. After that night at the Bible study I have never smoked again.
It makes a big difference when you consider yourself dead to sin, because a dead
person doesnt sin. Before we trusted Jesus as our Savior we were dead in
sin, now we are dead to sin and alive to God.
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