Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Union with Christ: Death to Sin – Alive to God – Part 1

20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 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.  Romans 5:20-6:4

A. The Incompatibility of Grace and Continuing in Sin

1. Grace and habitual sinning in believers are contradictions

Rom. 6:1-2a, 1 John 3:4-10, 1 Peter 1:13-16

2. Believers died to the reigning power of sin

Rom. 6:2b-3, Col. 3:1-4

B. The Logical Application of Justification by Faith

1. Union in Christ produces new life

Rom. 6:4, 2 Cor. 5:17, Eph. 2:4-5

2. Union in Christ produces the practice of new life

Rom. 6:4, Jer. 31:31-34