Romans 6:15-23 – September 2, 2007

August 26, 2007 at 7:39 pm Leave a comment

WE ARE NO LONGER ENSLAVED TO SIN (verses 15 -23)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) In this study, Paul contrasts our masters. When we were slaves to sin we had a master and when we became a Christian we received a new Master. Who was our master, who is our new master and now what should we be a slave to? (see verse 18 for help)

Discussion)    Our master before we became saved was sin.  Whether it was thoughts from the devil and his army, thoughts from our human nature, or just everyday thoughts, they all come from our master of sin.  After we accept Jesus as our personal Savior and start living for Him, He is our new master and He is who we should be a slave to.  We talked about no matter who you are here on earth, you are a slave to someone or something.  No matter if you think you are independent, from someone who is homeless all the way up to Bill Gates, every person is either a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness (which is a slave to God).

Here we also talked about how similar verses 1 and 15 are.  Notice how verse one states that we have all the grace we need so we no longer need to sin.  Verse 15 states the we need not sin since we are under grace.  

Q2) Verse 16 is quite clear in telling us what?

Discussion)    It is clear in telling us that no matter what comes our way, in each and every situation, we have a choice in to either present ourselves as a slave to sin or as a slave to righteousness.  We went over how in the 60’s Bill Cosby came out with a saying that states the devil made me do it.  That is a false statement since no one can make you do anything.  We choose whether we are going to obey sin or obey righteousness.

Q3) Why should a believer constantly have a thankful, grateful heart, thanking God always, even in the hardest of circumstances.

Discussion)    This is covered in verses 17 and 18.  It is so very hard to have a thankful heart and be grateful when you are going through hard circumstances and deep, dark valleys.  If you are thankful to the Lord, then He has the first and foremost part of your heart, mind and soul.  If you are not thankful, it is very easy to get into a place to have a pity party or instead to start blaming God for what you are going through.  That is where the devil wants to get each and every one of us.

Q4) According to verse 19, other than being born a sinner, what is responsible for our becoming servants to sin and uncleanness?

Discussion)    The thing that is responsible is you and when you present yourself to sin.  Sin does not overtake you and force you to become unclean, instead you are given a choice to be a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness.

Q5) Verse 20 and 21 mention some things that Paul is sure everyone covets after. What are they?

Clues)    This is the trick question.

Discussion)    Instead Paul show things that people dislike about being a slave to sin and that is shame.  Before becoming a Christian, you did not know better and did the things that were pleasing to your flesh.  Once you become a Christian, you saw that what you did was wrong and you felt shame from it, so you repent (or turn away) from those things.

Here we stopped and talked about reminiscing and memorabilia.  It is good at times to reminisce about where we once were and what God has done in our lives to bring us to where we currently are.  The devil will try to take that and tell us to reminisce about times that we partook of sins and considered it fun.  If we are not careful, then we present our minds to these thoughts and then the devil will attack us there to lure us back to those ways.

Q6) Verse 22 sums up how a Christian can live after salvation. Why is it so hard for some to live sin free? It says right here we are made free from sin.

Discussion)    It is hard for some to live free from sin because they may not have stable ways to cope with issues or they may not fully know that we can go to Jesus with each and every one of our problems and He will take care of us.  It was discussed here that we need to have ample grace for those that have a hard time getting out of sin.  Proverbs does state that love covers a multitude of sins.  We need to remember that Jesus does not turn His back on us when we make mistakes and we need to be Christ like to those around us.

LIFE APPLICATION: Throughout history, and still today, armies fight for our nation’s freedom. Nations vote for our freedom, people work for freedom, our nation is based on a free society. But the Word of God teaches that no one is ever totally free. Everyone either serves God or sin. We are either slaves to righteousness or slaves to sin. Is there such a thing as true freedom and if so, how?

Discussion)    True freedom is only found in Jesus Christ and giving our burdens and cares to Him.

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Entry filed under: Time in the Word.

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