Freedom From the Bondage of Sin

“FREEDOM FROM THE BONDAGE OF SIN”

[Sanctification – Romans 6]

REVIEW/INTRO: Romans 1-5 focuses mostly on Justification by faith – a guilty person’s record being pronounced clean. How should a person who is justified by faith live? Sanctification (Romans 6-9), addresses this question. Sanctification is the act or process of being made or becoming holy. It literally means to be set apart from what is common for what is uncommon. Sanctification is both instant (positional) and progressive (experiential).

I. HAVING BEEN JUSTIFIED BY FAITH, HOW THEN SHOULD WE LIVE (Rom. 6:1-2a)?

  1. Does grace mean we can keep sinning? No! (Rom. 6:2a)

II. KNOWING WHAT HAPPENED AT JUSTIFICATION.

  1. A lack of knowledge prevents us from living free (Hos. 4:6).
  2. Knowing the truth sets us free (John 8:32).

FOUR JUSTIFICATION TRUTHS TO KNOW:

  1. We died to sin, and therefore should no longer practice sin (Rom. 6:2b). Sin’s power over our life was broken!
  2. We were baptized into Christ Jesus – into His divine nature (v. 3a; 2Pet. 1:3-4)!
  3. We were baptized into Christ’s death – taking on His nature, His past, and His future (Rom. 6:3b, 6-7)!
  4. We were baptized into Christ’s resurrection, empowering us to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4-5, 8-10)!

III. RECKONING WHAT HAPPENED AT JUSTIFICATION (v. 11).

  1. To reckon means to believe it, trust it and act on it.

IV. THE RESULTS OF KNOWING & RECKONING (vv. 12-15).

  1. Defense: You don’t let sin reign in you (Rom. 6:12).
  2. Offense: You yield yourself to do God’s stuff rather than sin’s stuff (vv. 13-15).

V. WHOSE SERVANT ARE YOU (vv. 16-23)?

  1. We were created to serve someone or something.
  2. We’re slaves to whom we obey, not to whom we say.

CONCLUSION: Grace empowers us to live free from the bondage of sin, by knowing and reckoning the truth.