Text: Romans 6:1-14
Paul begins dealing with sanctification and the life changing salvation of a believer who is no longer under sin, but living in grace. Sanctification is the Bible word for the changes in your life after you get saved that make you more like Christ.
God is not satisfied with “fire insurance” and salvation from Hell was not the purpose of salvation.
SANCTIFICATION BEGINS WITH BIOLOGY
- Notice in the first 11 verses all the references to death. vss 1-11 dead to sin, death, buried, dead, died
- Where sin resides is first in the flesh and blood.
- Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
- KJV sin shows up 446 times and blood shows up 447 times.
- vs 6 old man vs 6 body of sin is what rules your life before you are saved. mortal body vs 12. The physical location of sin is in the physical body. If you get down to it the sin is located in the veins.
- Galatians 5:19-21 works of the flesh
- Philippians 3:20-21 vile body
- vs 7 so death is freedom from sin. If death were immediate when someone received Christ then there would never be any propagation of the gospel. So what God does is he relieves the soul from its association with the flesh.
- He begins dealing with WHO you are in in Christ.
- Its not that you need to change your behavior its that you are now a new creature.
- Its not about what you do, its about who you are and that is the first thing you and I have to understand for lasting change to occur.
- 1 Corinthians 15:52-58
SANCTIFICATION REQUIRES YOUR CONVICTION
- After your understanding is corrected, it should have an affect on your heart.
- vs 11 reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed to sin…
- The right order is for your understanding to change, then for your heart to change. And that may take time. Like we say though if someone will sit through Bible preaching and teaching for a period of time and apply themselves to the messages, their heart will change about things.
- Can a Christian continue in sin after salvation?
- Of course. If a Christian obeys the lusts of their flesh after they are saved, they will reap to the flesh. That’s why Paul is saying to reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, because normally you wouldn’t.
- Liberty in Christ is not the ability to sin more and more. Come and go as you are is a devilish doctrine that will keep you tied to the lusts of your flesh like Rick Warren’s consumer message. Salvation is not “fire insurance”. Don’t continue in the “death-style” that put Jesus Christ in a grave and you in a decaying body.
- You can’t be godly without conviction. And that conviction comes from understanding and revelation from the words of God that open your eyes.
SANCTIFICATION ENDS WITH BEHAVIOR
- vs 14 sin shall not have dominion over you
- Any lasting effect on a soul or any change in a lifestyle is going be affected in this order:
- Head, understanding
- Heart, affections
- Hands, will
- Illustration of the elephant stuck by the little stake in the ground. That circus elephant could easily pull that little stake out of the ground, but he was conditioned from his youth that when the leash is on him and tied to that stake he is stuck.
- The Holy Spirit through Paul here is trying to get you and I to first of all understand there is no leash tied to a stake in the ground.
- vss 3-9 Know, knowing, knowing
- God’s gospel and God Himself is reasonable. Come let us reason together. Biblical doctrine is not confusing or meant to be incomprehensible to man. To the contrary, God wants you and I to understand what we are doing because the change that takes place can be lasting.
- You will never be committed to something very long if you can’t understand what it is you’re committed to.
- The Holy Spirit through Paul here is trying to get you and I to stop comforting ourselves in the motions of sin.
- Sin presents itself as comfort, as relief.
- 6:11 Reckon
- Convictions, emotions
- The Holy Spirit through Paul here is trying to get you and I to stop going through the motions of sin.
- 6:13 Yield…yield