Romans Chapter 6
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13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
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Matthew Henry's Romans Chapter 6 Bible commentary...
Believers must die to sin, and live to God. (1,2) This is urged by their Christian baptism and union with Christ. (3-10) They are made alive to God. (11-15) And are freed from the dominion of sin. (16-20) The end of sin is death, and of holiness everlasting life. (21-23)1,2 The apostle is very full in pressing the necessity of holiness. He does not explain away the free grace of the gospel, but he shows that connexion between justification and holiness are inseparable. Let the thought be abhorred, of continuing in sin that grace may abound. True believers are dead to sin, therefore they ought not to follow it. No man can at the same time be both dead and alive. He is a fool who, desiring to be dead unto sin, thinks he may live in it.
3-10 Baptism teaches the necessity of dying to sin, and being as it were buried from all ungodly and unholy pursuits, and of rising to walk with God in newness of life. Unholy professors may have had the outward sign of a death unto sin, and a new birth unto righteousness, but they never passed from the family of Satan to that of God. The corrupt nature, called the old man, because derived from our first father Adam, is crucified with Christ, in every true believer, by the grace derived from the cross. It is weakened and in a dying state, though it yet struggles for life, and even for victory. But the whole body of sin, whatever is not according to the holy law of God, must be done away, so that the believer may no more be the slave of sin, but live to God, and find happiness in his service.
11-15 The strongest motives against sin, and to enforce holiness, are here stated. Being made free from the reign of sin, alive unto God, and having the prospect of eternal life, it becomes believers to be greatly concerned to advance thereto. But, as unholy lusts are not quite rooted out in this life, it must be the care of the Christian to resist their motions, earnestly striving, that, through Divine grace, they may not prevail in this mortal state. Let the thought that this state will soon be at an end, encourage the true Christian, as to the motions of lusts, which so often perplex and distress him. Let us present all our powers to God, as weapons or tools ready for the warfare, and work of righteousness, in his service. There is strength in the covenant of grace for us. Sin shall not have dominion. God's promises to us are more powerful and effectual for mortifying sin, than our promises to God. Sin may struggle in a real believer, and create him a great deal of trouble, but it shall not have dominion; it may vex him, but it shall not rule over him. Shall any take occasion from this encouraging doctrine to allow themselves in the practice of any sin? Far be such abominable thoughts, so contrary to the perfections of God, and the design of his gospel, so opposed to being under grace. What can be a stronger motive against sin than the love of Christ? Shall we sin against so much goodness, and such love?
16-20 Every man is the servant of the master to whose commands he yields himself; whether it be the sinful dispositions of his heart, in actions which lead to death, or the new and spiritual obedience implanted by regeneration. The apostle rejoiced now they obeyed from the heart the gospel, into which they were delivered as into a mould. As the same metal becomes a new vessel, when melted and recast in another mould, so the believer has become a new creature. And there is great difference in the liberty of mind and spirit, so opposite to the state of slavery, which the true Christian has in the service of his rightful Lord, whom he is enabled to consider as his Father, and himself as his son and heir, by the adoption of grace. The dominion of sin consists in being willingly slaves thereto, not in being harassed by it as a hated power, struggling for victory. Those who now are the servants of God, once were the slaves of sin.
21-23 The pleasure and profit of sin do not deserve to be called fruit. Sinners are but ploughing iniquity, sowing vanity, and reaping the same. Shame came into the world with sin, and is still the certain effect of it. The end of sin is death. Though the way may seem pleasant and inviting, yet it will be bitterness in the latter end. From this condemnation the believer is set at liberty, when made free from sin. If the fruit is unto holiness, if there is an active principle of true and growing grace, the end will be everlasting life; a very happy end! Though the way is up-hill, though it is narrow, thorny, and beset, yet everlasting life at the end of it is sure. The gift of God is eternal life. And this gift is through Jesus Christ our Lord. Christ purchased it, prepared it, prepares us for it, preserves us to it; he is the All in all in our salvation.
Jackson's Romans Chapter 6 comment on 4/30/2013, 10:30am...
i think to anybody or preacher who tells the people that you cant live without sin put jesus back on the cross again because he came to destroy the work of sin and he did just that with his life and blood ...
Juliet's Romans Chapter 6 comment on 4/22/2013, 3:03am...
Taking grace for granted is the attitude of most Christian which shouldnít be, when we say we are born again we should totally surrender our life to Christ in all our ways, and we all find it easy doing his will with the help of the holy spirit.
Robert Evans's Romans Chapter 6 comment on 4/14/2013, 7:21am...
loved it now i understand more about jeasus and what his word means to us.
The Sweet's Romans Chapter 6 comment on 4/10/2013, 9:12pm...
Romans 6 is one of my all time favourite bible chapters. It is so powerful. It should set your heart pounding. Romans 6 is about ceasing from sin. It may be about ending the double life we can lead. Paul says v7 "he that is dead is freed from sin" (also v18, v22). Pretty clear isn't it? The old man (natural sinful nature by birth) is crucified with him,v6 that the body of sin might be destroyed. Yes Jesus died that we might have eternal life, v23, but by New Birth we can be freed from sin now. We no longer need to be slaves to sin because the natural (nature of sin) has been destroyed by Christ's death and resurrection. This was the whole point of Christ's death, to defeat sin so that we might live. Now! Eternal Life is a continuation of this in a new body. Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to make this possible. Without receiving the Holy Spirit personally, being freed from sin is impossible.
Soldier for Christ's Romans Chapter 6 comment on 3/05/2013, 10:28am...
I agree with Paul here, should we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid it; why should we who are dead to sin live any longer therein? Or are you not dead to sin? Itís simple either youíre lost or saved in or out, with Christ or against Him which to me is a really scary thought. There was a study that said the two worst ways to die were to drown or burn to death and the Bible calls hell a lake of fire, in hell you will never die you will just feel the pain of dying forever. I'm not trying to make you doubt if youíre saved or not just wanting to make sure you know and if youíre not give yourself to the Lord now; tomorrow may be too late. Repent of your sin and turn from your wicked ways ask for the Lordís forgiveness, after youíre saved you need to get baptized to symbolize that you are washed from your sin and have given yourself over to Christ. Once you've made the decision you can be dead to sin and remember not to live any longer therein. Now I'm going to close with this: the Lord Jesus Christ loves you but hates your sin so remember to live no longer therein.
Lucy's Romans Chapter 6 comment about verse 19 on 1/22/2013, 11:57am...
All I want is to know Christ and experience the power of his resurrection.
Robin atwater's Romans Chapter 6 comment on 12/25/2012, 9:45am...
Romans 6 doesn't talk about water baptism. It says we must be baptized into His death. The thief on the cross is a perfect picture of this. He was not water baptized - but shared in Christís death because of his faith. Because he was crucified with Christ (baptized into His death) nevertheless he lived. So also we are baptized into His death, in the spiritual sense when we place our faith in His death. The obedience that is required of us is Christ's obedience. If you back up to the end of Romans 5 you will see that by one Man's obedience all were made perfect. That one Man is Christ. What are we doing trying to be made perfect by our efforts? Unless you are talking about being obedient to the Gospel- which is just believing. And at that point, the sin nature is made inoperable and no longer dominates you (not sinless perfection, but still not dominating your life). This is what it is meant by "He who is dead, is free from the sin (nature)." Our faith plunges us into His death. Verse 6 explains, in the original Greek, that it is not the sin nature that dies, but it is made inoperable when we die. Thus, I am crucified with Christ. We gain that position by faith alone in His death. It is not obedience to The Law, or any law. Our labour is to rest. We simply believe. If you'd like to hear more teaching on Romans 6, go to thecross.tv and click on Bible College. It will explain more to you how you can be free. Praise God!
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