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SUPERNATURAL LIVING IN A SECULAR WORLD

Dying to Live

Romans 6:1?14

LET'S BEGIN HERE

In the first five chapters of Romans, Paul laid the groundwork for the rest of his letter. He established six all-important facts:

? All humanity is depraved--we've "fallen short" of God's holiness. ? All humanity is under the penalty of sin--separated from God. ? Instead of abandoning us, God provided a rescue for us. ? God's "rescue operation" was accomplished at the cross of Christ. ? When we believe in Jesus' death and resurrection, He "justifies" us. ? As a result, we are no longer under sin's penalty or domination.

The next big issue is this: How can salvation from the power of sin become a reality? Being "saved by grace apart from works" is one thing, but being able to walk by grace . . . that's quite another. How can we now live victoriously? What must take place in order for us to live free from sin's control?

LET'S DIG DEEPER

1. A Vital Change in Management (Romans 6:1?2) Many Christians fail to embrace the liberty they have in Christ who set them free from sin. They live like slaves of sin instead of servants of God.

Quotable

If Christ lives in you, you no longer have to live your life as though you're a victim of your inner urges and old nature.

--Charles R. Swindoll

2. Some Essential Changes in Operation (Romans 6:3?13) To embrace their freedom from sin, believers must know their identification with Christ.

? What we need to know (Romans 6:3?10). To embrace freedom from sin, believers must know their identification with Christ.

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SUPERNATURAL LIVING IN A SECULAR WORLD

Dying to Live Romans 6:1?14

? What we need to consider (Romans 6:11?12). To embrace freedom from sin, believers ought to consider themselves as dead to sin and alive to God.

? What we need to present (6:13). To embrace freedom from sin, believers should present themselves to God as alive from the dead.

GETTING TO THE ROOT "May It Never Be!" In Romans 6:2, Paul employed a phrase that reflects one of the strongest negative exclamations available to him in the Greek language: me genoito! The words often express a shock or abhorrence of the things being rejected; in Romans 6:2, they are translated into English as "May it never be!" The phrase is used in the Greek translation of the Old Testament in Genesis 44:7 when Joseph's brothers responded to being falsely accused of stealing the silver cup from Joseph's table: "Far be it from your servants!" Similarly, Paul was utterly appalled at the idea that true Christians would dare use God's promise of forgiveness as a license to sin.

3. The Crucial Change in Our Will (Romans 6:14) In light of Romans 6:1?14, most of us need to change our thinking about how to live the Christian life in two realms of liberty:

? Free from the rule of the Law

? Free from the power of sin

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Dying to Live Romans 6:1?14

LET'S LIVE IT

We are no longer slaves to sin! We must train ourselves to change our will--reminding ourselves that we're free, and telling ourselves that we're under God's grace.

How does a person "present" himself or herself to God today? What are some real, concrete ways of expressing your desire to offer yourself to God as alive from the dead?

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Dying to Live Romans 6:1?14

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Portrait of a Struggling Christian

Romans 7:1?7, 13?24

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Let's face it: every one of us who knows Christ as Savior has been torn within while fighting battles with the flesh. We feel frustrated, and we are occasionally defeated in that struggle. We realize we have God's power within us, and we know that His Spirit is at work, prompting us to do what is right--but we do wrong. Knowing we should obey, we disobey. Wanting to think, say, and do what is best, we covertly rebel. We're not short on desire, but when it comes to pulling it off, we blow it! Paul, speaking for all of us, brought truth out of the closet and exposed it for what it is: SIN. He put it this way: "I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin" (Romans 7:14). When Charles Haddon Spurgeon stood to preach on this awful reality, he appropriately titled his message, "The Monster Dragged to Light." Now, let's face that monster head-on.

LET'S DIG DEEPER

1. Theoretically, Here's Where We Stand (Romans 6:1? 7 :13)

? The Sin Nature (Romans 6:1?23)

-- The Christian is freed from sin's dominion.

Quotable

When grace is our guide, it brings a freshness to our obedience. We now obey out of delight.

--Charles R. Swindoll

? The Mosaic Law (7:1?13)

-- The Christian is relieved from rules and regulations of the Law.

-- Though Christians are not under the Mosaic Law for righteousness, the Law affects us in three important ways:

1. It defines specific sins. 2. It arouses desire to sin. 3. It exposes the cause of sin.

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Portrait of a Struggling Christian Romans 7:1?7, 13?24

2. Experientially, Here's Why We Struggle (Romans 7:14?24) Three important facts emerge regarding our struggle:

? First, we cannot curb our disobedience on our own.

? Second, we do not fulfill our own wishes to be good.

? Third, we dare not ignore our own sinful nature; left to ourselves, we are wretched people.

DIGGING DEEPER Who Is "I" in Romans 7? Romans 7:14?24 has been debated by theologians for centuries. The main issue centers on the identity of Paul's I. Was Paul speaking of himself as if he were an unsaved, pre-conversion man? Or was he speaking of himself as a redeemed believer, now living in a state of grace and struggling with the lingering old nature? Those who take the former position point to Paul's descriptions of being "of flesh, sold into bondage to sin" (Romans 7:14), a condition they feel is incompatible with a saved person. Had Paul not already stated that he and all Christians are set free from sin (6:2, 14, 17?18, 22) and were formerly "in the flesh" (7:5)? How, then, could he speak of himself in terms of slavery and flesh? On the other hand, those who argue that Paul was speaking of himself as a struggling saved person cite his joyful concurrence with the goodness of God's Law (7:22) and the ability to want to do good (7:18?21) as descriptive of someone who has been saved.1

It seems best to take Paul's description as applying to himself as a believer. He was, after all, speaking in the present tense. And the struggle he described--desiring to do what is right and hating the wrong--hardly seems likely for a person still lost in his sins and untouched by grace, for it is God's Spirit who works in believers both to will and to do good (Philippians 2:13).

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