Scripture Reading: Romans 6
The Fight Against Sin: 1. resolve that sin is bad! 2. resolve that the sins you do are bad! 3. resolve that the sins you do should be stopped.
Objections at this point:
1. I’m already forgiven, sin is no big deal.
2. When God sees me, He only sees Christ, not what I do.
3. I’m justified, declared righteous, why not let it rip?
4. You’re preaching sinless perfection!
5. We’re all sinners, you can’t expect anything else from us. It’s what we do.
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?3 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.
If justification is not be works of the law, can’t we just sin? Dead to sin—freed from the guilt and power of sin. Newness of life—if the old life was sin, clearly the new life must be the opposite of that! Grace does not leave you where you were.
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.
Old man—all the characteristics of your unregenerate life. Yes, your old life is done away with and you are in new life. This doesn’t mean sin is OK! Because of this, we should not serve sin! It’s done, now make it real.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments [weapons] of righteousness unto God.
Your body does not have to be subject to sin. Yield—put in service to,
Is this whole message just legalistic perfectionism? Haven’t we been set free from the law, and now that there’s no law there’s no transgression?
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Law stirs up sin, law gives your flesh ideas, law has no power over sin, law is the strength of sin. In grace, new life in Christ, we have the Spirit of God who mortifies deeds of the body and gives us newness of life. Yield to that! Freedom from sin=service to God, just as freedom from God=service to sin.
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
You either serve sin or righteousness, there is no middle ground. Instead of practicing sin, give yourself over to holiness/sanctification. Those who serve righteousness will go unto sanctification/holiness.
OK, fine! But isn’t this God’s department? Do I have anything to do with this?
2 Timothy 2:19--Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
Hebrews 12:4—Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.