Romams 6 and Grace!
We will have a look at what Romans 6 and grace is all about.
The Christian world speaks a lot about grace. The preaching of grace, gives Christians the idea that you can keep sinning. This brings some questions to mind.
Why is it different for Christians today than for the Israelites in the past?Did not the mixed multitude also receive the ten commandments?
Exodus 12:38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.
Are the mixed multitude not a representation of the gentiles?Are not the ten commandments for everybody? Are we not all from Adam? Have not all sinned?
This brings us to Romans 6.
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Paul asks if we can continue in sin that grace may abound. This is the belief of today! "We can't stop sinning", people say. But is this true? JESUS said to two different people this:
John 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
If JESUS, whom we love and worship, said "sin no more", then I can get to a place that I sin no more. The Bible tells me how to get there!
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
It is CHRIST that can help us to sin no more and only Him!
Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Only if we read the next verse! Paul says "GOD forbid". We can't continue to sin. Paul asks how can we that are dead to sin live any longer in sin? It is the carnal heart that wants to continue in sin. One of the reasons we continue in sin is that we think we are gaining something form it! We already can see that in just two verses! Paul has not given any Christian the right to continue in sin.
Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
We as Christians are supposed to walk in 'newness of life'. Paul speaks of a 'new man'.
Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
If we "are renewed in the knowledge after the image of him that created him". Then we must become more like CHRIST and less like our old self. As Christians we are to be different to what the non believers are like.
Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Now Paul speaks of the 'old man'. This 'old man' is our past self that must be crucified when we come to CHRIST.
Romans 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
A dead person can't sin. So Paul is saying that when baptised we are dead and are free from our sins. Our past sins are forgiven. This is what happens when we come to JESUS and repent. Repentance is a turning away from sin.
Romans 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Romans 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Romans 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
In verse 6 JESUS "liveth unto GOD". In verse 7 Paul tells us that we are to be like JESUS. To live to GOD!
1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Leviticus 20:7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.
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Be ye pure. Be ye morally blameless. Be ye sacred.
Christians are to be pure. To live for GOD, is to obey GOD!
Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
JESUS said that sin starts in the mind first.
Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
The word 'heart' means thoughts, feelings, mind.
1 Corinthians 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
The Bible has given us examples that we can learn from and teach others to not do.
Romans 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Paul now says that we must yield to GOD. That means we must be righteous. We must not be instruments of sin.
1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
It is not the unrighteous, the continual sinner that is going to inherit the Kingdom of GOD. Christians can't be doing these sins and still expect to gain eternal life!
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Paul says it again. Can we sin? GOD forbid! This is were Christians make their mistake. They say "See we are not under the law, we are under grace". But Paul says GOD forbid that we sin. The preaching goes "If you obey the commandments, you are bound to the law". Here is a scenario on bound to the law. Say you have been caught for drunk and driving. The police handcuff you. You are now bound to the law as you are a law breaker. You are in jail waiting for your trial. Are you not bound to the law? You have broken the law and deserve to be in prison for what you have done. While you are a law breaker the law has bound you. Here is were the preaching is the opposite. They say that you are free from the law. But you have broken a law and are waiting your trial. When you are in front of the judge waiting for the sentence you are still bound to the law. The judge says that you need to spend time in jail, 3 months for what you did. So you go to jail as you are bound to the law. You pay for your sentence and they let you go free. You are now no longer bound to the law! You are a free person. Can you be free by still drinking and driving? By breaking the law? NO! You will always be bound to the law! You will never be free! To be free from the law is to obey the law. So you stop drinking and driving and the police can never catch you again as you are free. You are not a law breaker!
The same for a Christian. When you never knew CHRIST you were sinning and were bound to the law. Once you confessed your sins and accepted the payment that JESUS did for you. In that He shed His Blood on the cross for your sins. They have now been paid for! Glory to GOD the Father for His gift in sending His only begotten Son to die for our sins!! Now can I continue to sin? GOD forbid! I have to overcome through JESUS' help. As JESUS said "Go sin no more". If I continually sin, I am still bound to the law and wait for my judgement. When you become an overcomer, you are free from the law as it can't condemn you. You have not broken any of the ten commandments and cannot fall under the condemnation of GOD! If you obey the ten commandments you are free! You can never be free by breaking the law of GOD as you will be bound to the law.
John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
If you break the law of GOD, you are a servant of Satan. The Bible is clear on this! If you obey the commandments, you are a servant of GOD! Whose servant do you want to be?
Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Can you say that you are not the servants of sin?
Romans 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
If you are free from sin. You are not bound to the law!
Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Here is a chnged person. One that has put off the old man and put on the new man. This new man is not bound to the law as he follows the law and it cannot condemn him. He is an overcomer!
Romans 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
So when you were sinning, you were bound to the law as you were unrighteous! You were a servant of Satan. You see, Satan is bound to the law as he broke it and had to leave Heaven. He is not free! He does not obey the commandments. So how them can a Christian say that one that follows the law is bound to it?
Romans 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
Sin is death.
Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
You follow GOD and no longer sin. You will have everlasting life! You are free from sin.
1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
If you sin you are bound to the law! No eternal life! But the second death awaits the ones that are bound to the law. They still have their handcuffs on as they have not repented. They have not turned away from their sins. They have not appreciated the Sacrifice of the Lamb of GOD!
Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
If you do the 'works of the law', you are sinning. This means that I have committed adultery as I am doing the works of the law and breaking it. As it says Thou shalt not commit adultery. If I obey the law, I am not breaking it as I am not committing adultery and cannot be bound to it. Therefore, I am not doing the works of the law!
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Grace is a Gift of GOD. Grace does not allow me to continue in sin. GOD's grace is in that He gave His Son to die for our sins. Not so that we can continue in them. NO, so that we can be free from sin in obeying the law. GOD has not changed and allowed us to continue in sin.
Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
So if GOD has not changed. Does He not still require us to obey His Commandments? Of course He does! Nothing has changed! You cannot continue in sin a be a changed person. You need to change and obey GOD and His law!