Verse 1 – What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
Verse 2 – Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
Can a justified person live the same way as they did before justification? Deciding ahead of time to sin, because of God’s grace, is taking advantage of God’s gift. When people claim Christianity, and there is no evidence of a changed attitude and life style, I have my doubts they ever truly were saved. No true believer is going to take advantage of God’s grace.
Verse 3 – Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
Christ’s death on the cross becomes a believer’s death to sin in baptism.
Verse 4 – Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Believers are symbolically buried with Christ through baptism and raised with Him from the dead to a new life. To walk in the newness of life is about conduct and our life style.
Verse 5 – For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,
Verse 6 – knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.
Everything we were before we became a Christian is dead. This new self is by no means perfect, we still sin, but we are in the process now of renewal. Little by little things start to change and what we say and what we do will become more like Christ. Some things will be very plain as what not to do, but some won’t. Those things will need the guidance of the Holy Spirit because He will lead us into all truths.
Verse 7 – For he who has died has been freed from sin.
Verse 8 – Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
Verse 9 – knowing that Christ having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.
Verse 10 – For the death that He died He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
We, as Christians died to sin and raised to a life in Christ, not to self. Christ lives unto God, we live unto Christ.
Verse 11 – Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Verse 12 – Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal bodies, that you should obey it in its lust.
Verse 13 – And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourself to God as being alive from the dead and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
Members are the hands, feet, tongue, etc. Don’t allow your hands, feet, and tongue to do the work of the devil. Don’t go where you know you shouldn’t go; don’t use your hands to steal or do harm; and certainly watch what comes out of your mouth. Don’t let the devil use your body in any way to sin against God.
Verse 14 – For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
Verse 15 – What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but grace? Certainly not!
Do you know that some Christians believe that now that hey are under grace, they can live anyway they chose? I’ve even heard some preachers lean towards this theology. It’s wrong to the first degree. Yes, we are under grace as born-again Christians, however, the Holy Spirit is our guide now, and will not lead us into sin! We live our lives according to God’s word and prompting of the Holy Spirit, and principles.
Verse 17 – But God be thanked that though you were slaves to sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.
This can be said about every born-again believer. While in the midst of our disobedience and sin, God worked on our hearts because of the gospel we heard.
Verse 18 – And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
Verse 19 – I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.
So many times, I’ve met Christians living their lives in the “grey” areas. Nowhere in Scripture is there a “grey” area of living. We are either slaves to sin, or we are obedient to righteousness. People have to make a choice, either now, while living, or there will be no option after death.
Verse 20 – For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
Verse 21 – What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
What reward or advantage did we have before we were saved? Most of what we produced was for ourselves and some things we are now ashamed of. Please don’t ever forget, we reap what we sow, whether good or bad.
Verse 22 – But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life!
Verse 23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Did God create us to have freedom of choice? Yes, but we don’t have the choice of the consequences of that choice. The currency of sin is death. That is all anyone can hope for in a life without Christ. The currency of Christ is eternal life. Our new life with Christ begins while living and continues forever with Him!