Sermon 03.17.13 - To Live You Must Die - Romans 6:1-18
To live you must die3.17.13Romans 6:1-18Pastor Kyle Borger
QuestionWhat do you hear Jesus tellingyou to do based on this story?
QuestionThere are several key elements to this story. What are they?
Romans 5:20-21 (NIV)20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reignthrough righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:1-4 (NIV)6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
Romans 6:1-4 (NIV)4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Romans 6:5-7 (NIV)5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we knowthat our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
Romans 6:8-10 (NIV)8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
Romans 6:11-14 (NIV)11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
Romans 6:15-18 (NIV)15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey— whether you are slaves to sin, whichleads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness
Romans 6:15-18 (NIV)17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has nowclaimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
John Wesley, Works XI, pg 441-4421. There is such a thing asperfection; for it is again andagain mentioned in Scripture. 2. It is not so early as justification (forgiveness ofsin); for justified persons are to “go onto perfection”
John Wesley, Works XI, pg 441-4423. It is not so late as death; for St. Paul speaks of living men that were perfect. 4. It is not absolute. Absolute perfection belongs not to man, nor to angels, but to God alone.
John Wesley, Works XI, pg 441-442 5. It does not make a man infallible: None is infallible,while he remains in the body. (Unable to fail.) 6. Is it sinless? It is not worthwhile to contend for aterm. It is “salvation from sin.”
John Wesley, Works XI, pg 441-4427. It is “perfect love”. This is the essence of it; its properties, or inseparablefruits, are, rejoicing evermore, praying without ceasing, and in everything giving thanks.
John Wesley, Works XI, pg 441-4428. It is improvable. It is so far from lying in an indivisiblepoint, from being incapable of increase, that one perfect in love may grow in grace far swifter than he did before.
John Wesley, Works XI, pg 441-4429. It is amissible, capable of being lost; of which we have numerous instances… 10. It is constantly both preceded and followed by a gradual work.
John Wesley, Works XI, pg 441-44211. But is it in itself instantaneous or not? It is often difficult to perceive the instance when a man dies; yet there is an instant in which life ceases. And if ever sin ceases, there must be a last moment of its existence, and a first moment of our deliverance from it.