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Changing Grace (2) - Notes

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The offer of freedom

Romans 6:1-2

What shall we say, then?  Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

Romans 6:6

For we know that our old self was crucified with Christ so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.

Romans 6:11

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

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Romans 6:12-14

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 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. For sin shall no longer be your master,  because you are not under the law, but under grace.

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Romans 6:15-23

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you OFFER yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to OFFER yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now OFFER yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Though sin remains,
sin doesn’t need to reign.
And that’s determined by what I OFFER myself to
- God or sin.
The free choice is mine AND so are the CONSEQUENCES!
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Galatians 5:13

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

I’M TRULY FREE

  • But I can use my freedom to offer myself to God (as a slave of God) or to offer myself to sin (as a slave of sin)

FREE-SLAVERY

  • Not serving self and sin (That’s BONDAGE)

  • Serving God and righteousness (That’s FREEDOM)

NOTES

  1. Not a salvation issue (Life & Death)

  2. A freedom issue (life & death)

HALF FREE CHRISTIANS

  • Received God’s free grace through faith

  • Resist surrendering to God so we fall into slavery to sin

    • Offer self to bitterness

    • Offer self to lust

    • Offer self to greed

    • Offer self to worry

    • Offer self to some substance

  • Half free and really miserable. Got too much of God to enjoy the world and too much of the world to enjoy God.

FULLY FREE CHRISTIANS

  • Received God’s free grace through faith

  • Continually surrender to God to be slaves of righteousness

    • Offer self to forgiveness

    • Offer self to purity

    • Offer self to generosity

    • Offer self to trust

    • Offer self to the Spirit

HOW ABOUT YOU?

  • Half Free?

  • Fully Free?

  • Not Free at All? (Need both Salvation & Freedom in Christ)

HOW DO I KNOW?

  • Look at the fruit, the results of your choices

  • Shame & death?

  • Holiness & life?

For 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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