The Book of Romans Chapter 6 (Part 1)

Rejoice!  We are to be like Christ!

Romans Chapter 6

1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  2 By no means! We 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 If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.  6 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–  7 because anyone who has died has been freed 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.  11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sinbut alive to God in Christ Jesus.  12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.  13 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.  14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
What a great passage for the believer.  That we through the death of Christ can have victory over sin not because of our deeds but the deed of Christ on the Cross, the deed of the Holy Spirit working in our lives, the deed of the Father creating us in the image of himself, and giving us the tools to sanctify us to be like Christ.  The strength that we derive from this passage is amazing.  The reason I am the way I am is because the gospel of Christ has the power to change me.  What amazing love He shows me, what mercies He delights in giving me.  My prayer is that we would all live for God and not ourselves.
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