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Our God Reigns

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Sin Verses Grace

Paul ended chapter 5 by saying “where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” So when there was an increase in sin, there was an increase in grace.
It is through grace—favor that we do not deserve—that Jesus, the Messiah, brings us eternal life.
So if God’s grace can be seen more easily when sin increases the logical question is should we keep sinning so grace may abound?
If you have your Bibles turn with me to .
Romans 6:1–4 NIV84
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Romans 6:1-

That’s Crazy!

Paul says by no means should we keep on sinning for grace to increase.

We Died to Sin

If we are dead to sin how can we live in sin any longer. The problem is this: even if we are made dead to sin we have not experienced that freedom.
When a person is baptized we say this phrase, “Buried with Christ in baptism, raised to walk in newness of life.” If you have ever wondered where this idea came from it came from , “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
When we come to verse 5 we are reminded that we are fully united with Jesus.
Romans 6:5–7 NIV84
If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
Romans 6:5-

United with Jesus in death/United in His resurrection

This is something that we need to focus on and live out! Our old self—Our sinful self has been crucified!
Why is it a dead part of me has so much control over me? Paul argues that anyone who has died has been freed from sin. So why don’t I experience that freedom?
Paul helps us understand.
Romans 6:8–10 NIV84
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
Romans 6:8-10

Dead Yet Alive

Paul says that we died with Jesus, and now we are alive with Him. Death no longer has any mastery over Him, and sin no longer has any power over Him!
The Life He lives, He lives to God.
Don’t miss this! Look at verse 11!
Romans 6:11–14 NIV84
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
Romans 6:11-14

Dead to Sin/Alive to God!

We are to count or consider ourselves as dead to sin. If I’m dead to sin then sin cannot have any control over me. So why is it that so many of us cannot shake free from our sin?

Don’t allow sin to reign

Do not obey its evil desires

One big problem many of us have is that we give in to sin. We end up obeying sin instead of resisting sin.

Do not offer the parts of your body to sin

We end up giving our body over to sin. Alcohol, drugs, sex, so many things that we can give our bodies to, that are sin!

Don’t allow sin to Master you!

Who is our master? We either allow sin to be our master, or we allow God to be our master. The one thing I know is that we cannot serve two masters.

Sin Has No Place In Our Lives!

Look at verse 15!
Romans 6:15–23 NIV84
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 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. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
There are only two choices. You are either a slave to your sin (and ultimately Satan), or you are a slave to God.
Being a slave to sin leads to death. Slave
But it you follow after sin, you much understand that the wages of sin is death—both physical death, and spiritual death.
The question becomes
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