Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Union with Christ: Death to Sin – Alive to God – Part 2

              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 6:1-4

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

Five Principles in the New Life

1. The Foundation directing the new life: God’s law in their hearts

Jeremiah 31:33a, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:9, Psalm 119:105, Philippians 1:27

2. The relationship in the new life: God claiming a people for His own

Jeremiah 31:33b, John 17:1-3, 1 John 1:3, 1 Peter 2:9-10, 2 Cor. 3:18

3. The sustainer in the new life: God’s fear motivating obedience

Jeremiah 32:39-40, Job 1:8, 2 Cor. 7:1, 2 Cor. 6:16-18

4. The chief quality in the new life: God’s love received and given

John 13:34-35, John 15:12, John 15:17

5. The model of the new life: the Lord Jesus Himself

John 13:34, John 15:12, 1 John 2:6, 2 Cor. 5:14-15