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Romans 6:12-14

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Further Exhortation Concerning Our Sanctification

Romans 6:12-14

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Lesson Number 16

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. As to practice, a believer should not yield to sin.
  2. In practice, a believer should yield to righteousness.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s make Good Friday and Easter Sunday personal.

Questions

  1. What does the word, “sanctification,” mean?
  2. What is the duration of the process of sanctification?
  3. What is the Christian’s part in the process of sanctification?
  4. Is it possible for a Christian not to sin?
  5. Is there a time coming when Christians will not sin?
  6. Is it possible that a Christian can keep sin from having dominion over him? If so, how?

Answers

  1. Sanctification means to be made holy.
  2. The process is going on all the time in a believer’s life. See Philippians 1:6.
  3. He is to take time to realize and reckon his spiritual position before God (He sees us in Christ). Therefore, the Christian is to reckon himself to be dead to sin, but alive in Christ.
  4. No. As long as we are alive on this earth, we will sin. See 1 John 1:8. However, we are not to let sin reign.
  5. Yes. When Christians receive their resurrected bodies.
  6. Yes. As a Christian, under grace, we have new life empowered by the Holy Spirit. You don’t have to commit sin. Christians are not sinless, but they should sin less by availing ourselves of the power of the Holy Spirit. Just say “No” to temptations, and walk away from them. Yield to righteousness.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Review Romans 6:12-13. “Reign” is the key word here. It doesn’t say that a Christian does not sin, but we are not to let sin reign in our bodies. R&R your position in Christ, and stop reading and watching things that incite sinful thoughts.
  2. How do you yield your members to righteousness? Remember that you, as a believer, are free from the law of sin and death, free to serve the Lord.

Challenge

  1. On Good Friday, we remember the death of Christ; on Easter Sunday, we remember the resurrection of Christ. These are foundational truths of the Christian life. How do you personalize these truths?

Key Verses

  • “Do not let sin reign in your mortal body; do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” Romans 6:12-13
  • ”Sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:14

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