NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 2 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.
Part 1: What to Do About Sin
Series: The Gospel
If wherever "sin reigns," "grace" supersedes it, some reckon the more sinning we do the more grace is released (v. 1), and living "under grace" (v. 15) means God forgives whatever we do. Paul refutes these beliefs and shows how justification produces sanctification.
I. Sin in the Believer Is Inadmissible Because We Are United to Christ. 6:1-14
A. "We died to sin," NOT we're "dead to sin." v. 2
1. "Sinning" in practice is the outworking of "sin" in principle. v.1
2. "Died" as in "terminated relationship," not "unresponsive to stimuli."
3. This is clear from experience and from teaching in 6:12, 13.
B. Baptism into Christ = baptism into His death and resurrection.
1. Baptism - an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.
2. We enjoy union with the crucified and risen Christ - we are "in Him."
C. Christ's death was a dying to sin; His resurrection to a life to God. v. 10
1. Christ was never responsive to sin's stimuli.
2. Christ's dying was a paying of sin's penalty - a collection of sin's wages.
3. Christ's rising was a glorious return to new life.
D. So what does it mean that we, "united to Christ," have "died to sin?" v. 6
1. Christ paid sin's penalty through death; we have, to, "in Him."
2. So "we know" the "old self" (who we once were) was crucified.
Part 2: The Struggle Within
Series: The Gospel
Many people think holiness is a way of life reserved exclusively for the super religious. But believers know that Scripture says salvation "leads to holiness and the result is eternal life" (6:22). But it's a struggle. This is the topic addressed in Romans chapter 7.
I. The Believer, the Law, and Holiness. 7:1-12
A. The Law has authority over mankind as long as they are alive. v. 1
B. But death terminates the Law's authority - an example from marriage. vv. 2-3
C. Believers "died to the Law through the body of Christ" (Christ's death). v. 4a
1. The Law aroused the sinful passions of the controlling sinful nature.
2. So we could not meet the Law's demands in order to be saved.
3. But Christ did, and we are freed from the Law (as a means of salvation).
D. Believers like a remarried widow now "belong to him who was raised." vv. 4-6
1. So released from the Law, they are now united with Christ by His Spirit.
2. Control by the Law led to death; control by the Spirit leads to holiness.
E. So do believers now dismiss the Law as irrelevant? Absolutely not! vv. 7-11
1. Believers know that through the Law they understand sin.
2. They also know that the Law can provoke sin leading to death.
3. So the Law, intended to bring life, actually "brought death."