June 9th, 2019, Evident Grace Fellowship looked at Romans 6.1-14 part one:

 

Romans 6.1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 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.

 

5 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. 6 We know that our old self 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. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 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.

 

We began with this declaration:  Love that is not intentional will eventually grow cold.  In light of that truth, we discussed what it would looked like for us to set our intention each day to love God more.

 

How to Set a Godly Intention for Your Day

 

1.         Make the first thing you do each day to remind yourself of your identity in Christ.

2.         Set a specific time each day for prayer and scriptural meditation.

3.         Express thanks to God as specifically as you can.

4.         Pray as absolutely specific as you can.

5.         End your day reminding yourself of your identity in Christ.

 

From these verses, we pursued this Big Picture Question and these points:

 

Big Picture Question:  If God loves me no matter what, what is the motivation to quit sinning?

 

We are Alive

Our Old Self is Dead

Sin Has Lost Its Power

 

 

We Are Alive

 

Romans 6.1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 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.

 

Part of ceasing in persistent sin is a recognition that we have died to sin.  We must continually remind ourselves that we have died in Christ, and just as He died, so did sin’s power over us.  All of this was specifically done by Christ so that we might walk in newness of life.  

 

Our Old Self is Dead

 

5 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. 6 We know that our old self 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. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 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.

 

If we have died with Christ, then we know we will live with Him.  We will live in obedience now and ultimately live with Christ in eternity.  Christ died to sin once, but He continual lives to God and to enable us to obey.  Then, Paul gives a big conclusion:  Therefor we MUST consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 

 

We will look over these verses in more depth next week. 

 

Action:  Set your intention every day to live victoriously through the power of Christ.

 

1.         Make the first thing you do each day to remind yourself of your identity in Christ.

2.         Set a specific time each day for prayer and scriptural meditation.

3.         Express thanks to God as specifically as you can.

4.         Pray as absolutely specific as you can.

5.         End your day reminding yourself of your identity in Christ.

 

We will pick up the rest of Romans 6 next week.

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