You died to sin, are alive to God
Romans 6:1-10 (Pastor Heo)
Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ
1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 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. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
Conclusion: we died to sin, we are alive to God.
In chp 5, we saw 4 “how much more“s
(Actually, there are FIVE)
- If God so loved us that he gave his one and only Son to die on the cross for us when we were ENEMIES, “how much more” does he love us NOW that we are his children?
- If our Lord Jesus Christ did something great for us through his death, “how much more” is he NOW doing for us that he is alive?
- If one man (Adam) brought physical / spiritual death to all human beings, “how much more” is Jesus ENOUGH to bring LIFE to all human beings? Adam being a living being, Jesus became a life-giving being.
- If just one action of disobedience of one person is enough to condemn and judge ALL mankind, “how much more” is just one action of obedience of one person (Jesus) enough to bring righteousness, redemption, glorification, justification, kingdom, heaven, to all men?
- LAST: (chp 5:20) “20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased (all the more) [how much more],”
KJV “Where sin abounded, grace abounded [so] much more.”
So…. how much do you sin in your daily life?
No matter how much it is, God’s grace is greater. This is common sense. God did not create sin. The root of sin is Satan. The root of grace is God.
- If something from Satan is powerful,
- “how much more” powerful is something from God?
There is no sin that is unforgivable. There is no sinner that Jesus Christ cannot save.
1 Tim 1:15 “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance, that Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners, of whom I’m the worst.” Jesus can save even the WORST sinner.
By nature, I’m a terrible sinner, but honestly speaking, I don’t think I’m THE WORST sinner in this world.
Another meaning: “Where sin increased, grace increased all the more.”
- The more grace we experience, the more we will recognize how sinful we are before God.
- The more holiness of God, power of God in my life, the more I see my own unholiness, powerlessness, weakness, smallness.
We are under grace.
“Where sin increased, God’s grace increased all the more.” – this is true – a basic truth – don’t doubt – believe it as truth – do you believe this?
But, we should not misunderstand. We must understand the true meaning of this sentence.
Somebody can say, “WOW! Sin increases, and so grace increases? Dude! Let’s sin continually! Sin is awesome! Because it gives me more of God’s grace!” The Bible says, “If you say this… you are not really a born again Christian, or you do not understand the fundamental basics about Christianity you should know.”
- 6:1-2 “1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? “
- If you died to smoking, you cannot smell it any longer.
- If you died to alcohol, you cannot taste it any longer.
We read only 10 verses, but a very STRONG verb is repeated multiple times: “KNOW”
- v. 3, 6, 9 – this expresses that this is a basic, fundamental, Christian doctrine.
Imagine, if Satan can keep us away from this knowledge, Satan can keep us impotent (powerless).
This verse is a believer’s identification with Jesus Christ.
Last week we saw our identification with Adam and Jesus:
- By our first, physical birth, we are IDed with Adam
- By our second, spiritual birth, we are IDed with Jesus
“To all who believed in him, he gave the right to become children of God. Children not born of natural descent, or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
This is just ONE message, our ID with Jesus in his death, burial, and resurrection. Our union with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection.
- When we are IDed with Adam, it is in his sin, condemnation, judgment, penalty, eternal death.
- When we are IDed (united) with Christ, it is in his death, burial, resurrection, eternal life.
Let us continue this study next time.