Romans 6:15-23

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Because of God’s Grace, Believers Are Free

Romans 6:15-23

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Lesson Number 17

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The believer is no longer a slave of sin.
  2. The believer is now a slave of righteousness.

Practical Application

  1. We are not sinless, but we should sin less.


  1. The question is raised that there might be a tendency to sin because it's covered by God's grace. What is the biblical answer?
  2. How do Romans 6:1 and 6:15 differ?
  3. List the snowball effect of continuing in sin.
  4. Paul speaks of the human weakness having two different masters. What are these two masters?
  5. Paul speaks of two different methods. What are these methods?
  6. Paul speaks of two different results. What are they?


  1. The answer is that we should not continue to practice sin because we are dead to sin and raised to newness of life. Sin should be done away with.
  2. In Romans 6:1, the question is raised about continuing to practice sin because sin is covered by God's grace. In Romans 6:15, it is not a matter of continuing or practicing sin, but even sinning a little bit.
  3. You will see the fruit in those things wherein you were ashamed, and you will reap the wages of sin.
  4. Sin or God
  5. Wages or gift.
  6. Death or eternal life.


  1. Ponder what is means that we are not sinless, but that we should sin less. What does this have to do with Adam and our indwelling nature? What does this have to do with our new divine life in Christ?
  2. Ponder life in heaven with our resurrected bodies. Are you thrilled with the prospect ahead?


  1. We are not sinless, but we should sin less. Let this truth go from your head to your heart and out into your lifestyle. Whose slave are you?

Key Verses

  • "Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!" Romans 6:15
  • "You are that one's slave whom you obey." Romans 6:16
  • "Present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness." Romans 6:19
  • "Having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life." Romans 6:22
  • "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23

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