Saturday, October 24, 2009

Romans 6:12-14
"Sin Shall Not Be Your Master"

[The index for the series is here.]

I am using the Pastor's titles for these posts. The appropriate links are:

The text:

(NET) Romans 6:12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its desires, 13 and do not present your members to sin as instruments10 to be used for unrighteousness,11 but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead and your members to God as instruments12 to be used for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no mastery over you, because you are not under law but under grace.

10 tn Or “weapons, tools.”
11 tn Or “wickedness, injustice.”
12 tn Or “weapons, tools.”

Biblical Studies Press. (2006; 2006). The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible. Biblical Studies Press.

My Comments: This section was also included in the last post - see notes there as well.
Study Notes:
  • What has God done to equip us to live as His people?
    • He sent His Son—to purchase our forgiveness by His blood. (Romans 3)
    • He (in the cross) has changed our deepest “identity.” (Romans 6)
    • He gives us Himself — His Spirit — for the ability to live by that identity. (Romans 8)

  • This is because Jesus promised his followers that we would be more than believers:
    John 14:20 You will know at that time that I am in my Father and you are in me and I am in you.

  • So, we must
    • Know:
      • God’s (spiritual) truth that we are “united with Him”; we were “baptized into” Christ Jesus Himself
      • “our old self” (man) = “dead”; “our body of sin” is brought to powerlessness
      • Christ died to end the rule of death and sin; we are “in” Him—(in His death and resurrection

    • "Count ourselves":
      • to be dead to the rule and power of sin
      • to no longer be under slavery to sin
      • to be “alive to God”—having new life—in His eternal life
      We “count” as true for ourselves—on the basis of what God has done for us in Christ.

    • do not offer: I can now choose to “not let sin reign” in my life. (I have new ability because of what God has done.)

  • So, God has accomplished the essential work to change
    • our position before Him,
    • our identity as His children and
    • our ability to live in His daily grace.

Next: 15-23 -- "Free - and a Slave"

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