Romans Chapter 6
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
This chapter starts out challenging the notion of having a license to sin, because of grace. Grace does not give license. Paul tells us that upon believing in Christ our sins died with him.
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.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
These verses reinforce the idea of not serving sin. When Christ died our old nature was crucified with him. Also, it encourages us to live righteous lives. If sin was defeated we can overcome it in this life. This is pleasing to God.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
These verses reaffirm eternal life through Jesus. He died for our sins once and they are paid for. He now, in his resurrected form, lives with the father in heaven and one day we will too.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
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.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
We have the ability to resist sin through Christ. It tells us not to lend our bodies over to unrighteousness, instead make them instruments of righteousness. It then says that because of grace we are not under the law and sin has no power. Sin can not send us to hell.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
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?
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.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Again we are told not to abuse grace. We become servants of what ever we yield ourselves to weather it be sin or righteousness. We were all servants of sin, until we obeyed Gods command to believe on Jesus for our salvation and were set free from the punishment in hell that we deserved. Thank God!
20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Salvation by grace clearly laid out. We are all sinners and eternal life is a free gift from God to anyone that believes on Jesus. In this life if we sin God will still correct our bad behavior, but it has no bearing on our eternal salvation. I hope this was a blessing to you and thank you for reading my blog.