Readings: Romans 6:1-23
Note: We come now to the section about sanctification or being made holy (Romans 6-8). Romans 6 is about being made free from sin. Romans 7 is about being free from law. Romans 8 is about being free from death.
Questions and Comments
- Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? (Romans 6:1) What types of people argue this way?
- Why is it unthinkable for a believer to go on sinning? (Romans 6:2)
- Notice the believer's solidarity with Christ (Romans 6:3) We were buried with Christ by baptism into death and raised with him to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4) We were united with Christ in death and in his _________________ (Romans 6:5).
- My old self was crucified with him on the cross: my old self is my pre-conversion life, my unregenerate self (Romans 6:6). How can it be that we are no longer enslaved to sin? (Romans 6:7)
- If we share in Christ's death we shall also share in _________________ (Romans 6:8).
- Will Christ die again? What no longer has dominion over Christ? (Romans 6:9)
- What did Christ do once for all? (Romans 6:10)
- What is the secret of holy living? (Romans 6:11)
- We are to reckon ourselves dead to sin by resistance to sin (Romans 6:12). We are to reckon ourselves alive to God by dedication to him (Romans 6:13). Sin shall not be your master since you are under grace not law e.g. Ahmad's friends: "We hear you have changed your religion." Ahmad:" No, my religion has changed me" (Romans 6:14). What does this mean to you?
- We are no longer slaves of sin but slaves of righteousness (Romans 6:16). We are slaves of him to whom we yield ourselves (Romans 6:17-18). We by obedience have become slaves of righteousness (Romans 6:19). We have now yielded ourselves to righteousness for holiness (Romans 6:20-21). As slaves of sin righteousness was not your concern but death was to be the end. What does this mean to you?
- Now as slaves of God we have holiness as our concern and its end is eternal life (Romans 6:22).
- In v 15-23 what two masters are contrasted?
- What kinds of service do they respectively demand?
- With what results?
- Does not justification by faith open the door to sinful living? (Paul shows this to be impossible because once we are justified we are also sanctified.)
- What four illustrations are used to show that the righteousness of the law is now to be fulfilled in us in a life of holiness: