Watch a two minute overview of Romans Chapter 6
Passage: Romans 6
v1-14 - Romans has been making the case that we have peace with God by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone, not by following rules or doing certain religious things. Paul anticipates the next thing that pops into many of our minds: If grace can cover a multitude of sins, and sin always seems more fun, why not keep sinning? In fact, the more I sin, the more God is glorified as He gives grace! Although v2 (by no means...) sounds sort of tame, Paul uses extremely emphatic Greek to refute this idea, and he goes on to spell out the logic at work: - v3-9 - you were baptized into Christ's death and crucified with Him as well, so therefore you've also been united with Christ in His resurrection. Death has no power over either Christ or you. - v10-14 - Jesus (and you, since you've been united to Him) has died to sin and now has life in God. Since your life is now in God through Jesus, you must do everything you can to "not let sin reign in your mortal body (v12)."
v15-23 - Paul answers the same question this chapter began with, using the same emphatic response at the end of v15 that he did in v2. This time he uses the analogy of slavery. There is no middle ground in life: either a person is enslaved to sin, or they're a slave to righteousness. Because you've come to new life in Christ, you are no longer mastered by sin, "offer yourself as a slave to righteousness leading to holiness (v19).
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord - v23
Old Testament Reference -
Genesis 4 tells the story of Cain & Abel. Concentrate on what God says to Cain in v7.
Use the comment box below to discuss one or more of these questions. For every comment or reply you post, you will receive an entry for this month's prize: a gift certificate to Lakeside Deli.
Choose a passage and put it into your own words.
What are some ways that sin attempts to enslave us?
Why does v23 refer to wages when referring to sin, and gift when referring to God?
Which short phrase did you dwell on yesterday? How did your understanding of that phrase change, or how did the phrase change your day?
Keep one of these phrases in your mind throughout the day and come back to it often, asking God to speak to you through these words:
v7 - You've been "set free from sin."
v11 - count yourself dead to sin but alive to God
v14 - sin shall no longer be your master
v18 - you have become a slave to righteousness
v23 - the wages of sin is death
v23 - the gift of God is eternal life
Follow the AAA Prayer Pattern:
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our glorified Father, who raised Christ from death to life (v4)
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that the Spirit will strengthen you to count yourself dead to sin but alive to God in Jesus (v11)
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED: