KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 6:1 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”
In Romans chapter six Apostle Paul through the inspiration of the Spirit teaches the church of God how to lead an overcoming life free from the control of sin.
He begins by correcting those who misunderstood what he said earlier that when sin abound grace also did much more abound. The argument was that if it was so, then should we continue sinning so grace would keep abounding? He answered this misunderstanding in the following study.
Apostle Paul argues in verse 2 that how shall we who are dead to sin live any longer there in? The Christian died with Jesus unto sin. Sin is alive and active but through our Lord Jesus we are dead to it. How does the Christian live or apply the scriptures such that he or she would continually to live above the deceptions of sin?
In the apostles discourse he made use of certain VERBS which we have to identify and act on. They are as follows:
- Romans 6:6 ” knowing this that our old man is crucified with Him (Christ), that the body of sin might be destroyed, that from now on we should not serve sin.
- Romans 6:11 “Likewise reckon you also see yourself to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord”.
- Romans 6:13 “Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin: but yield yourself to God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God”.
- Romans 6:16 “Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey his servants you are to whom you obey whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness.
In Romans 6:6 the verb or action word for our consideration is that, we must know: It means you must learn to know. Know that your old man, which was a slave to sin, is crucified with Christ. Until you know you remain in the dark. Many Christians still think that they’re ruled by the old man and are slaves to sin. Some still believe the old man is in them, in the sense that, they are half sinners and half righteous. The Bible says get the truth. Our old man was crucified with Jesus, and that the body of sin might be destroyed or rendered ineffective. This word ‘might’ is not in the permissive sense but in the causative sense. It means if the old man is crucified then the body of sin would be ineffective. You have to know this fact.
I know that my old man was crucified with Jesus so the body of sin is destroyed. I lead a crucified life as I continually remain dead to sin and alive unto God and righteousness.