Scripture Reading: Romans 6
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We are made righteous through Christ and grace reigns in righteousness. Righteousness is the result of grace. The more we sin, the more it gives God an opportunity to show forgiveness and grace, glorifying Him of course!
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Continue—remain, abide, persist, persevere. Some did charge Paul with preaching sin is ok—Romans 3:8--we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come.
God forbid—in no way, far be it, “may it never be” is close to literal.
Dead to sin—free from the guilt and power of sin. One time past event with lasting results. It is impossible for grace to leave you in sin. Impossible for grace not to change you. It will be gradual and a struggle, but it will change you.
By grace, sin is now a contradiction; not an inevitability of who we are.
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Baptized—spiritual into Body of Christ; in picture through physical baptism. Baptism into Christ means baptism into His death. You are dead! Into—union, participation.
Buried—the thing that happens after you are dead! Death ends past relation with life and points forward to new relation in life.
The same power that raised Christ, raises you to newness of life, stronger expression than new life. Walk—habitual conduct. Old life was all sin; new one must be different!
Should—not automatic, but this is what is consistent with what happened by faith.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness [conformity to] of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Planted—formed together, grafted into and then growing with a tree. Grown along with, a word of union, not just in a one time planting, but in growth together. Union with one part implies union with the whole—can’t be raised unless dead, and if you died with Him you will be raised. They go together.
Old man—old, unrenewed self, sin nature, this is done away with completely in Christ but gradually killed off in experience with Christ.
Body of sin—the flesh body ruled by the power of sin; sin is the master to whom the body is enslaved and does sin’s will, the tool of sin. Not same as old man.
--Old man IS CRUCIFIED; body of sin MIGHT BE DESTROYED. Worked on until it ceases to be a source of sin. I bring body under subjection, etc.
He that is dead—literally dead. Dead body does not serve sin. Body is not sin, body is an instrument sin uses.
Freed from sin—dikaio—typically translated Justified, set free, discharged from service.
Your old man is dead, you are free, put this freedom from sin into practice in reality in your physical body, not using its members to sin but to do righteousness.