St. Luke's Church Faribault
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      • Romans 3:21–24NIV2011

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      • Romans 5:10NIV2011

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  • Jesus Paid It All
      • John 3:1–8ESV

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  • Funeral Story
    Disclaimer
    Not from here
    If this is you please see me
    Widow lost her husband
    Was good with most of life.
    Dinner and the evening was hard
    Ashes on top of TV where she ate dinner
    Talked to Funeral director
    Try burying ahses
    Helped her
    Life turned around
    Grief tells us that
    Important to say goodbye well
    move on-not replace one with another-move on to a new life.
    Pray
    Romans 6:1–14 NIV
    1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
    Romans 6:1 NIV
    1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?
    Paul’s writing in this letter flows well from one thought to another, and he frequently anticipates the readers question. Chapter 6 starts with the question What shall we say then?
    In order for us to understand the full scope and purpose of Paul’s question here let’s review his arguments up to this point.
    In the second half of Chapter1, and into continuing into chapter 3, Paul made the argument that we are all born under sin. Jews and Gentiles alike, all of us are all sinners.
    Romans 3:23 NIV
    23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
    Next, Paul argued that doing good does not save us. We are not saved by our good works, rather we are saved on the basis of Christ’s righteousness. We are saved by grace through our faith in Jesus Christ.
    Romans 4:5 NIV
    5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.
    Then, in Chapter 5 Paul argues for assurance in our salvation.
    Romans 5:10 NIV
    10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
    If you have followed the arguments carefully, you may come to this bottom line. You are saved, not by your works, but by faith alone in Christ alone. That is the gospel, the good news. Not only that but you can be assured that since God has saved you will have life eternal.
    This is too much for some people. Salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone usually brings some objections. If anyone has been quiet up to this point, they are about to jump out of their seats, as Paul writes verses 20 and 21.
    Romans 5:20–21 NIV
    20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    The objection is this-Wait one minute- If my works do not matter, and in fact- if grace increases where sin increases why can’t I just go on sinning?
    My works don’t contribute to my salvation, God brings those saves to eternal life, not only that but the more sin there is the more grace there is. I might as well sin.
    The gospel seems like easy grace, or cheap grace as the phrase goes. Believe in Jesus, sin all you want you will still be saved. It is quite common today. Often Christians do not behave differently from the rest of the world.
    Christian get drunk, or engage in adultery. The divorce rate is similar. The churches often do not reach out to the poor. Come to Christ, say the prayer, no change necessary you can look just the rest of the world and go on.
    That is a common heresy it is called antinomianism.It means against the law. No more law. Look I profess Christ, right I’m saved, I can do anything I want.
    Whenever the true Gospel is accurately preached, salvation by grace alone through faith alone this objection will come up. Preacher that is easy believism, cheap grace. Especially when it comes to assurance. You can’t teach that pastor-people will just start sinning.
    Paul anticipates that. That is why we have Romans 6.1.
    Romans 6:1 NIV
    1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?
    Can we keep sinning? Is that what this means we can keep on sinning?
    Romans 6:2 NIV
    2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
    By no means Paul exclaims. But that is not quite strong enough, some translations say God forbid! It is the strongest negative you can come across. GOD FORBID!
    If you think the gospel is a license to sin? If you think that precious sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is a license you do not understand the gospel.
    In the gospel, by our faith in the righteousness of Jesus Christ- we are united with Christ, is one way to say it. It is like being united in marriage, to someone you love.
    Before you were in Christ, you were his enemy, but now, after the Holy Spirit changes your heart, you love Christ,
    Here is a very elementary illustration, please don’t carry this too far, just take the basics at face value. A man marries a woman he loves. He has opportunities, and perhaps even temptations for an affair, but since he loves his wife, he does not have affair.
    Another way to say it is it is like we are born again. From our first reading in John 3. We have a new life.
    Our old life in sin has died. We have a new life in Christ and our old sin life is dead. We died to sin, We do not live in sin any longer. We dot continue living in sin. We were once in Adam, in sin, but that self dies, now we are alive in Christ,
    This raises at least two questions.
    Question 1
    For one, as we become Christians does this mean we just magically stop sinning? No-We still struggle with sin.
    Before being in Christ our questions were how much can I sin and still go to heaven? How much sin can I get away with and still be a christian? We would look at other people and point out there sin and ask can they be a Christian?
    But now we are in Christ we don;t ask those questions. Instead, we grieve our sin. Others sins cause us to grieve. We do not want to sin, we want to obey Christ.
    We attempt not to sin, We aim for being Christ-like, we try and grow in holiness. When we do sin, we ask for forgiveness, we attempt to try harder next time we ask for help. But we know we are still saved by grace alone, by faith alone. We are still justified not by out failed righteousness but by the perfect flawless righteousness of our Lord Jesus.
    I have a warning for you.
    Sometimes Satan the accuser will try to tell hat you are not good enough to be saved, or that Christ will abandon you. Christ died for you-do not let that fact go. He died for you, you are precious in His sight, you are not saved because you are righteous, but because Christ is righteous.
    Romans 5:10 NIV
    10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
    Question 2-
    But what if you struggle, what if you are at a point that sin seems to have a tight hold on you how do you go about shaking that sin that binds you?
    Let me revisit the opening story for a minute. The woman in our story kept the ashes of her dead husband with her. Of course she was going to be reminded of him, and it was difficult for her to move on. If you keep an urn filled with the ashes of your dead life in your house you are never going to bury your old self.
    Stop living with ties to your old life. If your chosen sin is pornography, you can’t hang around the computer. If you are an alcoholic, you might have to stay out of the bar. If you are tempted by coworker, you may have to stay away from them. No matter what it is, you have to rid yourself of the old self in order to move on in your new life.
    One way to begin doing that is through a funeral of sorts. You have to mark the event by saying goodbye to the old self. This allows you to move on with the new self.
    Romans 6:3 NIV
    3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
    As Paul is addressing the Roman church. The Church was made up of converts. Both gentile, and jewish converts to the Christian faith. The salvation experience they were familiar with was, hearing the gospel, coming to believe in Jesus, and having faith in the gospel, then being baptized. Baptism would have been very important to them in their conversion experience so Paul uses Baptism to solidify the point he is making.
    Baptism is the sign of becoming a Christian. It is the sign of the new birth. There is some disagreement among churches as to what effect Baptism has on the person.
    Paul as we know from earlier in Romans has been clear that salvation is by faith alone in Christ alone, and it is not of works. We must conclude therefore, that according to the Bible, Baptism is not an element that is necessary for salvation, or it does not cause salvation.
    Then, there are different forms and methods of Baptism. Some groups baptize infants, along with converts. Other churches only baptize converts. Paul does not seem to be speaking to that debate. Here at least, Paul is talking about the Baptism recieved in the life of the convert.
    The Greek word sometimes means to submerge or to plunge. Here, Paul is saying that in Baptism it is as if we who were identified with Adam are plunged or submerged into the death of Christ Jesus.
    Romans 6:4 NIV
    4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
    Baptism, really is a funeral. It is a funeral for the old self. In Baptism, we have a symbol of dying and burying the old self. We died and were buried or plunged under the water. Then are raised from the dead, or brought up out of the water. It symbolizes we are Born Again into a new life.
    Paul writes just as Christ recieved new life through the glory of God the Father.
    God the Father receives the glory for this new birth. It is not of us. Not of our works least any man can boast. It is of the righteousness of Jesus that we are born again. That is why God gets the glory and not us.
    That we too may live a new life.
    A key component in moving on through grief is to begin to live a new life again. It is important that the grieving person not try to replace the lost loved one. When you lose someone you love it is unhealthy to try and replace that person with someone else. It doesn’t work. You need to move on and begin living a new life. A new person in your life would not be a replacement, but an entirely new life and new relationship.
    Our new life in Christ is not just a replacement of our old life. We don’t just trade one thing for another. As if we are no different exccept now we go to church on Sunday. That is not the same as a new life.
    It isn’t like, Ive quit drinking, but know I go to the bar and drink non-alcoholic beer. This life is new, the old is put away and done.
    We were trying to please the old man, and the old self. Seeking to gratify ourselves, and elevate ourselves. Now we seek to gratify and elevate Christ. Now what we do we do for the glory of God. God becomes are true love and our true focus.
    Romans 6:5 NIV
    5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.
    We are also united with Him in a resurrection like his, that is a resurrection, where sin doesn’t have any power. a resurrection where eternal life awaits. We are now living focusing on the eternal, with hope. That is that hope from chapter 5.
    Romans 5:5 NIV
    5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
    We can say good-bye to our self. To the desires and captivity that sin had on us.
    Romans 6:6 NIV
    6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—
    Our old self-our old desires, in being united with Christ in His death. Has been crucified. Our bodies, once ruled by sin-our sinful desires and temptations that drove us to sin, are done away with-they are crucified.
    Our wants and desires that are not like Christ, that are against Christ and his mission, the body that desires sex, money and power was crucified, it was put to death.
    Do you have a desire for things that are not of God. Remember that has been crucified, the body rued by sin might be done away with. You can overcome those temptations by the work that Christ has done. By the power of the Spirit in your life-we will see that later in chapter 8.
    Romans 6:7 NIV
    7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
    Because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
    Being set free from sin, is a great feeling. There is nothing like being free. Free to live a new life, and abundant life, eternal life. Free to give Glory to God the Father. Free to praise-Free to worship. Free to rejoice, Free to give and free to love, Free to help, Free to pray. Free from worry and free from fear, Free from darkness and oppression.
    You can be set free today! There are a number of things you can do today to live free First Place your faith in Christ. Trust that He crucified your old self. Trust that he took it to the cross, and that he removed your sins, know that it is by grace you have been saved.
    Have a funeral for the old self-say good bye to our old life, Does that need to Baptism for you? Do you need to make changes in your lifestyle to rid yourself of the old man that haunts you.
    Do you need to have Christ free you from ongoing sin. Perhaps you are haunted by worry, or fear or darkness and oppression. Take to Christ. Right now, and ask Him to free you.
    I invite you right now to take time and pray.
      • Romans 6:1–14ESV

      • Romans 6:1ESV

      • Romans 3:23ESV

      • Romans 4:5ESV

      • Romans 5:10ESV

      • Romans 5:20–21ESV

      • Romans 6:1ESV

      • Romans 6:2ESV

      • Romans 5:10ESV

      • Romans 6:3ESV

      • Romans 6:4ESV

      • Romans 6:5ESV

      • Romans 5:5ESV

      • Romans 6:6ESV

      • Romans 6:7ESV

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