Romans Podcast Expository Files 2018 Berkley - Page 28

Romans ~ Life After Baptism
Rom. 6:6-14
When a sinner hears the gospel, believes in Christ (confessing that faith), and is
baptized into Christ – those good choices must be accompanied by
REPENTANCE. The old life is given up and the new life in Christ begins. Or,
to put it simply – you stop doing what is wrong and start doing what is right.
This comes right off the page in Romans chapter six. The old man or old self is
crucified with Christ, and being set free from sin, the new person emerges from
the water, raised from the death of sin. And, committed to no longer live in sin.
Paul doesn’t offer this ceasing of sin as an option. He says, “you also must
consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus,” (Rom. 6:11).
Listen next, to Rom. 6:12-14.
12 Let
not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.
not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but
present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and
your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no
dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
13 Do
It may help, as you read Romans 6, to think of the primary subject as LIFE
AFTER BAPTISM. It is not a life of a casual approach to sin, or any thought
that God’s abundant grace permits continued sin. By no means.
It is a new life, coming out of the waters of baptism and repentance – and ready
to present yourself to God “for righteousness.”
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