Not just forgiven but free

Chapter 6 marks the start of a new section, as the apostle Paul moves from outlining his gospel of justification by faith, to showing how grace also transforms our lives. If we understand that we are no longer in Adam but in Christ, we will begin to grasp that we have died to sin. That the power of sin is broken. That just as Jesus is raised then so are we. That we can live lives of liberty and freedom. This life of freedom is ours if we 1. Know what Christ has done for us (v3-10). 2. Count it to be true for our own lives (v11) and then 3. Take responsibility to live differently, empowered by the Spirit and give ourselves wholly to Him (v12-13).

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Romans 6:1-14

Dead to Sin, Alive to God

6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self [1] was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free [2] from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 6:6 Greek man
[2] 6:7 Greek has been justified

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