Saturday, 9 October 2010

Romans 6

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.21-22 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.

There is a benefit to us of being a slave of God which is holiness and eternal life. These are benefits from a gracious God not entitlements.

Susan said...

V.11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

In the first few verses Paul explains what we know (v.3, 6, 9). On the basis of this knowledge we are to "count" or "reckon" ourselves "dead to sin". We apply the truth we have learnt.

Susan said...

v.13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.

After knowing and reckoning we offer ourselves to God.

Susan said...

V. 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

After knowing, reckoning, offering we obey. This is the process of sanctification. Even so, through we are free from the power of sin, we can't avoid its presence in the world or its enticements.

Susan said...

v.9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.

Christ's resurrection is proof of his mastery over death. His resurrection doesn't save us, his death did that, and his resurrection is the proof.

Susan said...

v.17-18 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

By considering ourselves dead to sin (regardless of our feelings), and by choosing not to continue in sin we are set free to live righteous lives.

Susan said...

From the Message:
v.1-2 If we’ve left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? Or didn’t you realize we packed up and left there for good? That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land!

We live in the new country of grace, why would you ever want to go back?