A. “Sin is personified as a tyrant whose sphere of influence is the human body” (Lard)
B. Lust is an intense desire for something, and in the context of temptation and sin, desire for something that is forbidden
C. The Christian has Jesus as King in his heart – don’t dethrone Him!
II. Law or grace? (6:15-16)
A. The ability to choose sin implies a law of some sort (cf. Romans 8:2)
B. We still must make the choice – obey God, or obey Satan
III. The role of the heart (6:17-19)
A. The heart affects the whole man
B. The greatest command (Mark 12:30; cf. Deut. 6:5)
C. The new covenant (Jeremiah 31:33)
D. Love for the brethren (1 Peter 1:22)
IV. The fruits of obedience (6:20-23)
A. Obedience to sin (of which we should be “now ashamed”) leads to death
B. Obedience to righteousness (holiness) leads to eternal life
A. Answering the error of a misapplication of Romans 5:20b
B. Jesus died to sin (6:10), when we are baptized into Christ (and into His death) we also die to sin through Him—and we die to ourselves! (cf. Romans 8:13; Galatians 2:20; Luke 14:33; Romans 12:1)
II. Burial (6:3-4)
A. This points to the mode of baptism – “buried”
B. An act of submission
III. Resurrection (6:4)
A. Just as Jesus died, we die – just as Jesus was buried, we are buried – just as Jesus was raised, we are raised
B. The purpose: “to walk in newness of life” because we are dead to sin, freed from sin, made a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)
IV. What it means for the Christian (6:5-11)
A. We are united with Him in His death and resurrection (6:5)
B. We are freed from sin (6:6-7)
C. We live with Him to God (6:8-11)
Have you obeyed the gospel of Christ? Those who have not obeyed will find themselves in a sorry state when the judgment comes (2 Thessalonians 1:6-8). If you don’t understand the question, stay with me. It’s eternally important.
The gospel (“good news”) is this: Christ died, was buried, and was raised again (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). How are we supposed to obey that? Romans 6 shows us!
Read Romans 6:3-4 again: “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
In summary, the gospel is that Christ died, was buried, and was raised again. To obey the gospel, we must die to sin, be buried in the waters of baptism, and then be raised in the newness of life.
The question must be asked again: have you obeyed the gospel of Christ? Be honest in your evaluation of the Scriptures and how you have responded to God’s Word. The answer is of eternal importance.
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
Romans 6:3. Or do you not know that as many of us as were _______________ into Christ Jesus were _______________ into His death?
Pray for the humility to accept God’s Word as the final authority, recognizing your dependence upon Him for salvation.
But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. (Acts 8:12)