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The Reign of Grace to Sanctification

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Romans 6 NASB95
1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! 16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. 22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Chapter 5 closes with this verse

Romans 5:21 NASB95
21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
ro 5:
We are then left with the question, who is in need of the reign of grace?
Romans 3:9 NASB95
9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin;
EVERYONE!
This is why the believer needs to release the work of grace which bring holiness to the life of man.
here’s the promise
Romans 5:17 NASB95
17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
The work of sanctification brings one to “reign in life” and experience the freedom from sin that has previously enslaved man.
The reign (or abundance) of grace breaks the reign of sin!
Romans 5:20 NASB95
20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
The work of grace produces life and sanctification.
raise a question.
Romans 6:1 NASB95
1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?
Ro 6:1
The question pushes us to a right understanding of grace and leads us to another question.
what is grace?
The greek word Charis, which is also translated, favor.
Charis, favor.
Grace indicates that which is freely given without merit upon the part of the receiver.
Grace is not limited to God ability to forgive but grace is also POWER.
So notice the question. What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?
Notice hes responce
Romans 6:2 NASB95
2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

Grace sets man free from the power of sin.

a) Grace’s power is greater than sin’s power.

The act of justification takes away the penalty of sin. This instantaneous act occurs when man believes in the Son of God. Since he still lives in the flesh, he is confronted with sin in the flesh. setting man free from the power of sin is the work of sanctification. one way to differentiate between justification and sanctification is to look at justification as righteousness imputed, sanctification as righteousness imparted. the first happens and is done, the second comes as a process. we now consider the reign of grace in breaking the power of sin in the flesh. Dr. Carroll Thompson
Romans 6:3–5 NASB95
3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,
Ro 6:3-5
4 steps to sanctification
You have died to sin (verse 2.)

b) Grace unites is in the likeness of christ’s death

You are united with Christ in His death (verse 5)
You have been raised with Christ in life (verse 5,8)
You have been freed from sin (verse 22)

b) Grace unites is in the likeness of christ’s death

Romans 6:3–5 NASB95
3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,
ro 6:
Baptism is the initiation of this likeness of death (verse 3-4.)
In these passages, baptism is likened to death and burial.
2. One is buried with Christ through baptism (verse 4)
3. The flesh must experience the death of the cross
Romans 6:6 NASB95
6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;
4. Christ death becomes the believer’s death which manifest in victory.
Romans 6:11 NASB95
11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Out of death comes life (victory.) The goal of our unification with Christ is to be free from flesh and alive in God.
c) This union in Christ’s death sets us free from sin.
Romans 6:7 NASB95
7 for he who has died is freed from sin.
ro 6
The reign of the monarch is broken by death
Being united in Christ’s death breaks the power of sin.
The “body of sin” is made powerless through the cross (verse 6.)
Man is no longer a slave to sin (verse 6.)
In Christ we have died to sin (verse 2,7, 11)
ro 6:
Romans 6:7 NASB95
7 for he who has died is freed from sin.
Romans 6:10 NASB95
10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
look at verse 14
Romans 6:14 NASB95
14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
The reign of grace makes the continuance of sin impossible for the justified man. His position is now.
Romans 6:23 NASB95
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Grace brings one into the life of Christ.

Through His death the power of sin is broken, by His life one finds sanctification of life.... So we must go from death to resurrection, from justification to sanctification, to know the life of Him who was raised from the dead. Dr. Carroll Thompson

a) The life of Christ is resurrection life

lets go back to verse 4-8
Romans 6:4–8 NASB95
4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
The believer having been buried with Him is raised to walk in newness of life (verse 4.)
The believer joined to him in His death shall experience “the likeness of His resurrection (verse 5)
Having died with Christ, “we shall also live with Him” (verse 8.)
The resurrected life of Christ is our sanctification. it is in His life that we will reign and know the freedom from sin.

b) This life in Christ joins us to God as His servants

Romans 6:22 NASB95
22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.
Principle: One is the slave of the one whom he obeys
Romans 6:16 NASB95
16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?
2. Having been freed from sin, one becomes a slave of righteousness.
Romans 6:18 NASB95
18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
3. Presenting one’s members as slave to righteousness results in sanctification
Romans 6:19 NASB95
19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.
4. Being enslaved to God results in our sanctification.
Romans 6:22 NASB95
22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.
The position of servant to God allows His full work of sanctification to be realized in the life of the believer.
The work of sanctification follows justification, it involves a lifetime. By observing the four steps presented one will come into freedom quickly realizing the full work of the Lord in breaking the power of sin. As one appropriates His life, he shall reign in life and know true freedom in living. Holiness is tp be a reality for the believer. Dr. Carroll Thompson.
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