This evening, we continue our study of Romans by taking a look at one of my favorite chapters – chapter six. We ended last week enjoying the benefits of grace. Now, we look at the freedom grace has produced in our lives. Grace reigns in the life of the believer. The evidence of the reign of grace is freedom from the control of sin! Romans 6 goes through the progression of our deliverance into new life.
Those in Christ have been baptized into His death.
Do you remember when you were baptized? Did you at the time realize the import of what was happening? What was being testified to? Your baptism was an outward testimony of your spiritual status received by faith. You were not buried in an actual grave – that would be a little dirty! But, you were immersed under the water – into an environment that is not survivable for you naturally. This expression reveals that you died to your old life. How was that accomplished?
Jesus had no sin to die for. He had no sin nature whose power must be broken. His death was substitutionary: He died for your sins and to destroy your sin nature. This was possible because of who He is. He is the perfect sacrifice; He is a human sacrifice; He is the Judge – therefore, He and He alone was able to step in and stop the destined judgment of every sinner and release a new destiny into existence. Dead people are not under the control of sin.
You are raised from the dead.
Jesus did not stay in the grave. Look at verse five: “For if we have been untied together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.” If you are baptized into Christ – your life has been engulfed by His. Where He goes, you go! If He went into death, so did you. But, Jesus didn’t stay dead – He rose into a new life – an established new role – a new destiny. If you were to see Him in the flesh after resurrection, He looked the same. Before resurrection, His destiny was Savior. Before resurrection, His destiny was King of the hearts of men. After resurrection, those things went from destiny to reality! Same with you!
You may look the same physically after salvation, but your destiny is altered and established! Your destiny is no longer hell but heaven! Your role changed from enemy of God to child of God! Your enablement went from spiritually dead to filled with the Holy Spirit! For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
You are slaves to righteousness.
Before salvation, we were slaves to sin. Our nature led us into sin naturally. Now that we are raised from the dead and alive in God through Christ, the power center of my life has changed from sin control center to Spirit control center. Oh, I’m still alive and live in a physical body so the impulses of this world and that body are still present. But, the control center of sin is broken. Now, I can choose which type of life to live and since the Spirit is working together with my spirit, I can choose to submit to His direction. Now, the Spirit will always do God’s will. So, in essence through submission to Christ, my life reveals itself as a slave to righteousness. The fruit produced by such a life is holiness with the end result everlasting life. This is all done through the grace of God and is evidence of my salvation in Christ.
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