1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

 

<b>Should the fact that we are saved by grace, not good works, lead us to think that it does not matter how we live? Shall we just go on living as we did before we were saved?

When we are born-again, we are no longer bound to sin. We have the grace to overcome sin

We now have a new nature implanted in our spirit, God imparted His nature within us.

When we accepted Jesus Christ as Lord, we were molded into the very image and likeness of Christ on the inside (Rom 8:29 amp).

The Holy Spirit is available to convict, convince and help regarding overcoming sin. (John 16:7-8, Rom 8:13 amp) Sin is the manifestation or result that occurs in us when we miss the mark and do not believe God. (John 16:9 amp)

When we do not trust in, rely on, and adhere to Christ, sin affects our soul (mind, will and emotions).

We do not have to serve sin, we can resist it, (Jam 4:7) by yielding ourselves to God , through the Holy Spirit instead of sin. </b>

 

2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

 

<b>“Certainly not! Is the reply. Even when a Christian falls into sin, God has made a way of escape. (1 Cor 10:13)  

Temptation and trial (trouble) will come (John 16:33 amp) but because it comes, it need not overcome. For there is no temptation or trial that will come to you that is beyond human resistance

For we receive cleansing and forgiveness when we confess our sins to Him. (1 John 1:9)

But that does not mean that we should continue in a life of sin, for God has saved us from a life of sin.

We now have a choice. We can either choose a sinful lifestyle or choose to live a life that pleases God.

God is pleased when we allow His grace to help us. It is impossible to stop sinning in our own strength, it must be by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom 8:13 amp)

Sin brings with it all types of negative consequences and circumstances, through seedtime and harvest it leads to separation from God, which is why God does not want us to sin.

However, if we do sin, we have His grace to overcome sin (1 John 2:1). </b>

 

3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

 

<b>Our born again spirit is the part of us that Paul refers to as being baptized into Jesus and His death.

Our spirit is now joined together in Christ’s death, the “old man, the person that existed outside of Christ and which was enslaved by sin, is no more. It has died. God now looks at us and sees us in Christ.

God put us in Christ. “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus. (1 Cor 1:30, niv)

Now since Christ was crucified and we are in Him, we are crucified also. Since Christ was resurrected and we are in Him, we were resurrected also.

Now we no longer have to keep trying to die to our self and realise that we are already dead to sin and alive in Christ. The old self has already been nailed to the cross.

If we are born again, we are in Christ. Completely dead to sin and alive in Christ.

Now, lay hold of everything you need in life by faith in Christ’s finished works. Finished means it’s already done.</b>

 

4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

 

<b>Because we are dead to sin and alive in Christ, it does not mean that the opportunity to sin is dead, it is ever present. (Gen 4:7)

Attempting to live in Christ by our own efforts is unattainable, we can choose to resurrect the 'old man' or choose by the Holy Spirit to walk in the newness of life in Christ. (Rom 8:13 amp)

Our human spirit died completely to sin and is already resurrected with Christ unto newness of life when we are born again.

Our soul (mind, will and emotions) is how we relate to this world in which sin abounds. (Rom 5:20)

Grace much more abounds when we are being totally renewed in our mind to the word of God, until our soul reflects (is made subject to) our spirit and is dead to sin. (Romans 12:2)

This is a continuing and ongoing process, 'to put on Christ and walk in newness of life' (for Christ is newness of resurrected life.)

'But clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and make no provision for [indulging] the flesh [put a stop to thinking about the evil cravings of your physical nature] to [gratify its] desires (lusts).' (Rom 13:4 amp)

Again this can only be accomplished through and by the Holy Spirit, (Rom 8:13 amp. Rom 12:2) To the degree that we think, believe and act like who we are in our spirits, to that degree we will experience the life of Christ in our soul and our lives.</b>

 

5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

 

<b>Planted, refers to seedtime and harvest, This is the process of renewing the mind.(see notes at Mark 4). The word of God is seed and must be planted to grow in the soul area (the ground, which is our heart. (Luke 8:15))

The word of God is the image of Christ which is implanted and perfect in our 'born again' spirit.

Through the process of planting, the word of God now begins to grow in the heart (soul) forming roots and branches, (John 15:5, the 'old man' dies in the likeness of his death, (John 15:1-2)) mirroring the perfect image in our spirit, Christ becomes the continuing growing image in our soul (the likeness of his resurrection).</b>

 

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.

 

<b>The Greek word 'to know' is 'Ginosko' it refers to intimate understanding. Satan steals the word and the image of those without understanding. (Matt 13:19)

When we receive the seed of the word of God it must be by and through the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of understanding. (Is 11:2, Prov 9:10-11)

If the seed of the word of God is received with human understanding, it falls on ground where it fails to grow (Mark 4:4-5, 1 Cor 2:14)

(Click on the link at the bottom of this page to find out more about reading the word of God.)</b>

 

7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

 

<b>A common misconception of (John 8:32) is that the truth will set you free, but the actual scripture text is 'the truth will make you free' the receiving of truth, the word of God, by the Holy Spriit is an ongoing process making us free (John 8:36 amp) from the 'old man' liberating us into the new man, 'So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.'</b>

 

8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

 

<b>Dead to sin, alive with and in Christ.</b>

 

9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

 

<b>Having intimate understanding (Ginosko) that death has no more dominion over Christ and over us because we are in Him.

This resurrection life (newness of life) is dependent on intimate understanding (revelation, Mar 8:29) through the Holy Spirit, that our death with Jesus unto sin is a one-time death that does not have to be repeated.

Jesus died unto sin once and now death has no more dominion over Him, we are in Him and sin will not rule over us anymore, the opportunity for sin still exists, but exists in the prince of the power of the air (Eph 2:2), not in us.

Christians who are struggling with sin have not recognized that THE WAY is death unto sin</b>

 

10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

 

<b>Christ died, we are in Him, we died, Christ now lives and we live in Him, alive in God. (Eph 2:6)</b>

 

11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

<b> His death is our death and His life is our life. Having died to sin, we were made alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord, so that we might walk in newness of life. Shall we continue in sin, no, we walk in newness of life. (Rom 6:1)</b>

 

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

 

<b>Many believe that we cannot help but sin, which in itself can lead to sin.

The root of sin (sin is not the root cause, sin is the outcome or the effect of not believing God, it is the result of the root cause) is disbelieving what Christ says, not standing in Him, trusting in, relying on, and adhering to Him and therefore disbelieving God. (John 16:9 amp)

The power of sin has been broken in our lives, but when we haven't renewed our minds with the reality of our new lives with Christ, this leads to doubt and unbelief.

Jesus could do no mighty work when faced with unbelief. (Mark 6:5-6)</b>

 

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.

 

<b>Yielding, submitting or giving up a mind that is unrenewed for a mind renewed to the word of God.(Eph 3:16-17)</b>

 

14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

 

<b>When we step outside of Christ we are subject to the law of Moses or we walk in the curse. (Duet 28:15-68) In Christ we are in grace, but grace does not mean that </b>G<b>od </b>R<b>equires nothing </b>A<b>nd </b>C<b>overs </b>E<b>verything.

As Christians, we are all open to sin, because we are still in the process of renewing our minds.

But we are free to run to God for help in faith instead of away from God in fear.

Therefore, understanding God’s grace and our freedom from the Law is the key to breaking the dominance of sin in our lives.

Grace is God Receives you And in Christ you are Evermore reconciled to Him.</b>

 

15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

 

<b>Does grace now give the believer a license to sin, if they believe that </b>G<b>od </b>R<b>equires nothing </b>A<b>nd </b>C<b>overs </b>E<b>verything, then sin has an open door. (Gen 4:7)

But, Grace is </b>G<b>od </b>R<b>eceives you </b>A<b>nd in </b>C<b>hrist you are </b>E<b>vermore reconciled to Him, which requires that we move into Christ to walk in grace. (Ps 84:11)</b>

 

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.

 

<b>Free from a service or bondage to obeying the temptation to sin (not believing God), but now as servants or in service to righteousness. (trusting in, relying on, and adhering to, in Christ)</b>

 

19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

 

<b>Paul speaks not as himself, but as a natural person who does not accept the things of the Spirit of God would speak and think.

He now presents a choice, continue in unrighteousness, but rather repent, (change your thinking, (Acts 3:19 amp)) submit your whole self to the Holy Spirit in righteousness. (1 John 1:9)</b>

 

20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

 

<b>God has declared 'This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live'.

It appears, from first looking at this verse, that we have choices in the way we live our lives. (Rom 6:20 tmb)

Paul now reveals that in fact there is only one choice as God directs and that is to choose life. For if we do not choose life, we are not free, but continue to live outside of God in the curse. Duet 28:15-68) Paul calls this 'being a servant of sin'. </b>

 

21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

 

22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

 

<b>Freedom from sin in salvation and continuing in salvation, leads to the harvest (fruit) of holiness (sanctification, to be set apart in Christ) and eternal life.</b>

 

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

<b>The law of seedtime and harvest (Gal 6:7) determines that the seed of sin (to disbelieve God by disbelieving Christ in any area of life (John 16:9)) brings a harvest of death (eternal separation from God).

Outside of Christ we are not free at all, but live in the law of sin and death (Rom 8:2) serving sin, which dictates continually what we should do. (Rom 6:22-23 mes)

God's gift for us, is freedom from the law of sin and death, by choosing eternal life, (changing our mind (repent) words and actions) and to live in the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.</b>