What Shall we Say Then Shall We Continue to Sin #68

Preposterous Possibility: Should a Saint Live in Sin?  Vs 1-2

Our Union With Christ Requires a Break With Sin 3-11    #45.68  March 20 2011 Charles E Whisnant

We Died with Christ: Our Baptism being Witness; and are to Reckon Ourselves Dead unto Sin and Alive unto God in Christ Jesus. Verses 1-11.

INTRODUCTION:

  • “The Fruit of the Word”.  Why is the most Christian-educated generation in all of church history so devoid of the fruit we should reasonably expect to find?”
  • George Barna has pointed out, in study after study, that the way Christians behave is not appreciably different from the way non-Christians live their lives
    • G.K. Chesterton once said: “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” Warren Wiersbe notes that “too many Christians are ‘betweeners,’ living between Egypt and Canaan, saved but never satisfied; or they live between Good Friday and Easter, believing in the Cross but not entering into the power and glory of the Resurrection.”
    • Maybe that’s because we’re still living in bondage to sin.

One of the keys to communication is to know your audience. Let me just make sure I know who’s here today. Can I see the hands of everyone who is a sinner? That’s good. I feel at home with you. This is a church for sinners and we don’t really have anything to offer you today unless you’re a sinner.

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN CHAPTER FIVE AND CHAPTER SIX OF ROMANS

  • Paul says: “So should we persist in sin that the gift of grace may be more abundant?”
  • Paul gives a rhetorical question  (Someone has said there were 74 rhetorical questions in Romans.)  A question generally asked for the effect it produces with no answer necessarily expected. (Much like I do in class).   So after studying Romans 5, what conclusion are we to draw from the doctrine of the grace of God and the righteousness of Christ?
  • Too many people are looking for justification, but few are looking for sanctification.  Many people see salvation as a past tense salvation, and few see salvation as a present tense salvation.
  • What have we seen happen in the believer’s life in chapter five.

DO WE LIVE BY GRACE OR ANTINOMIANISM OR LEGALISM? Libertines, Legalist, Liberty

Now Paul is going to show that the doctrine of justification, salvation, redemption, “born again” is going to produce good results, what we call the doctrine of sanctification.  Paul is going to address the believer’s holiness.

  • Chapter 6 – 7 – 8 Now that we have been taken out of sin’s grasp and freed from its bondage, what is the result.  The answer is found in these three chapters.
  • Paul is going to link a holy life with true salvation.

God has a much better plan in making you spiritual and holy.

THE TEXT:

ROMANS 6:1 WHAT5101 SHALL WE SAY THEN? SHALL WE CONTINUE1961 IN (the) SIN266?  ARE WE?

  • Are we literally to tarry or to stay at and abide in sin? Is the idea? Acts 10:48; 21:4; 28:12; I Corinthians 16:7-8 and Galatians 1:18. Are we to persist in, to continue in an activity or state such as in a state of sin?  Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 2:16; 2 Peter 2:18-19; Jude 1:4
  • LET ME ASK:  CAN THERE BE A DIVINE TRANSACTION THAT HAS NO IMPACT IN THE BELIEVER’S LIFE?  A THEORETICAL QUESTION.
  • A more theological question to this verse and question is found in the interpreting the word ‘SIN’ ACCURATELY:  WHAT DOES SIN MEAN?
    • The first thing we must settle is regarding the word sin, is whether it refers (in context) to sin as an abstraction, namely, to acts of sin committed by the believer or to the totally depraved nature still in him?

ROMANS 6:1B  THAT3748 GRACE5485 MAY ABOUND4121?

THAT2443 HINA

  • Means so that, for the purpose of.

GRACE 5485 CHARIS

  • God’s unmerited favor. Grace is God’s generous favor to undeserving sinners and needy saints.

A Basic Definition—lexical: The Greek word for grace is charis. Its basic idea is simply “non-meritorious or unearned favor, an unearned gift, a favor or blessings bestowed as a gift, freely and never as merit for work performed.”

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About Charles e Whisnant

Youth Pastor since 1964.Pastor/Teacher 1971-74, 1980-2001, 2008-2015. Seminary, College, On line training, 50 years of study. A student of of the Bible. Expositional in my teaching. Married for 45 years. Four children and three granddaughter. Currently pastor - teacher in Minford, Ohio. No published books. No TV program. Favorite preachers Spurgeon, Calvin, MacArthur, Lloyd-Jones, Packer, Edwards, Baxter, Puritans.
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