Faith: Approaching the NT Book of Romans / Romans 6
We are Called to Experience New Life In Christ
Romans 6:22 ESV
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
• To say that we have new life in Christ is to say that we belong to God.
• We have to come to understand that our old life is worth trading for. That we are trading up. We are offered something much more and better than we could have expected.
The Need for New Life
• We hear about new life in Christ
• We hear about the old life in the self.
• They are played against each other.
• Except for sin can’t bring about grace because grace is already completely given.
Romans 6:20–21 ESV
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
The Experience of New Life
Romans 6:3–5 ESV
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
• If we are able to enter into His life we experience Him, but we have to be able to let go of our life in His death.
• This is the image of baptism.
• Baptism is a picture for the believer of their life in Christ. They are placed into the water as a picture of death. But then they are brought up immediately from the water as a picture of new life.
– Grace through new life isn’t just about doing less bad things, it is about allowing Christ to do a work in you. That work is life. And when life takes over there is no need for dead things.
• If we have been made new in Christ then we don’t have to live at the beck and call of everything that we have used to make life.
• That the love of Christ is our great demand. Our great call. Our great obedience.