Jeff addresses the problem of overcoming sin in our daily walk and the remedy provided in Romans Ch 6. We have to deal everyday with the temptation of whether to put the interest of ourselves before others. Now that we are saved from the penalty of sin, what do we do about the nagging problem of daily temptation and sin in our Christian life?
Rom 6:15-23 What God says to us about overcoming the temptation to sin in our daily Christian life.
Are we to sin? Sin leading to death or obedience leading to righteousness.
We have capacity of Knowing, Considering, and Presenting in battle of daily death to sin
Knowing is the first step in overcoming sin in our daily battle. Know about our identity in Christ
Know with our head.
Consider with your heart
Present with your hand.
Positionally, we have been set free from the old sin master. We have already won in Christ. Positionally, the sin master no longer has a rightful claim on your service.
1. Know about your position in Christ when we believe. Knowing and counting it to be true is part of the victory we have in Christ.
2. Consider, calculate, contemplate your identity and come to the right answer of who we really are in Christ. We are new creations in Christ. Considering our identity is the second step in overcoming sin.
3. Stop presenting yourselves to sin but cut it off. Stop presenting your members to sin as tools for unrighteousness but present yourselves to God as one who has been brought from death to life.
It is still possible for a believer to present members of our body, our thoughts, our tongue, to sin. We struggle with this daily Instead, present ourselves to God as instruments of righteousness.
All people are slaves to whom they obey. We have a choice to make on a daily basis who we are going to serve. Practically we can serve the old master even though positionally we are slaves to righteousness.
We must bring our practice in line with our position.
There is no neutral position. "It may be the Devil or it may be the Lord but you are going to have to serve somebody" Dylan
If you think you are just on neutral ground then you are in practice serving Satan. You are just not aware of it. Matt 12:30
Standard/(form, pattern) of teaching, v 17. The doctrine of grace that Paul and the Apostles taught from. When we hear the gospel we are delivered over to grace and it frees us from the god of this age and gives us a firm foundation. It instructs us how to live, and shapes and mould who we are. Not moulded to the world but shaped by good doctrine and teaching.