So that is how we also are to live this new life in Christ, by faith in the truth of God’s Word. As we saw last time:
First, we must Remind ourselves of what GOD has Done (6:1-10) The same way we were saved is the same way we live the rest of our lives. Was I saved because I completely understood the Gospel? No, I am still understanding more and more; and shall until glory!
Was I saved because I felt that God saved me? No because sometimes I feel that He couldn’t have because I am so unworthy and sinful—does that un-save me? NO. Then we get to chapter 6:6, and Paul picks right up where Christ Jesus left off. Paul said that we who are redeemed by Christ’s blood must no longer allow ourselves to go back to slavery to sin.
Romans 6:6 (NKJV) knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
The Choices Redemption Prompts
Redemption makes us no longer slaves to sins, but only a series of correct choices allow us to enjoy the benefits of our liberation. Romans 6, starting with v. 7, is all about the choices we are allowed to make each day, as freed men and women. Either we choose to surrender of bodies back to the daily control of our new master, or if not, our old master begins to reassert his control upon us. Listen to Paul’s plea on behalf of God in v. 7-10: Romans 6:6 (NKJV) For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Because Christ redeemed us “out of” the slave market, adopted us into His family, and declares that we are never for sale again: v. 11 onward has some powerful words about the choices our Redeemer expects from us on a daily basis.
Second, we must remind ourselves of what WE must do (6:11-14)
So apply that faith that you and I have for the work of Christ on the cross in our place and apply it now to the rest of our walk. Join me in Romans 6.
• Romans 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NKJV)
• Romans 6:11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
• Romans 6:11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (NASB)
Romans 6 and verse eleven introduces us to the very first imperative in the entire book of Romans. After chapters explaining all that God accomplished through Christ, we are asked to respond.
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