Paul now goes into the subject of baptism; and whether to STOP sinning or to continue in sin after we have been delivered from sin by the death and life of Christ.
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
If we have been delivered from the slavery of Satan and sin [spiritual Egypt] why would we seek to remain in bondage? To love God is to seek to please him and to become like him, as he has defined himself by his Word. If we reject any part of, or compromise with any of God’s Word, we love the slavery of Egypt and sin; MORE than we love God the Father of Jesus Christ, for they are in complete UNITY with one another!
Baptism represents the death and burial of the old sinful [following Adam in sin] man; and truly converted person will rise up from baptism; a new being, burning with Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God as Jesus Christ did.
Baptism is a seal of sincere repentance from sin and represents the death of the sinful man; and is a total commitment to God the Father and Jesus Christ; to please God, to keep the whole Word of God with passionate zeal and to become like God in every way.
Baptism is a total unshakable commitment of espousal in marriage to Jesus Christ for all eternity! A commitment to internalize the very nature of God by keeping his Word with a zeal to become like our LORD.
6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
The old man of sin is dead and buried in baptism; so that we may rise a new person in Christ; keeping the whole Word of God just like Christ did.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
We committed ourselves at baptism to destroy the old man of sin and to arise a NEW person in Christ! It is our calling to becoming Christ-like; loving and obeying God the Father as Christ did, walking and living by every Word of God as Jesus Christ walked and lived!
6:5 For if we have been planted [if we have been buried in baptism] together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [rise from the grave of baptism as he rose from the dead] in the likeness of his resurrection: 6:6 Knowing this, that our old [sinful] man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
After our baptismal commitment we are: TO NO LONGER SERVE SIN!
After baptism we should serve [obey] God; that we may then be raised up in a resurrection to spirit, as Jesus Christ was raised up to spirit.
The dead, sin not [they can do nothing]; therefore those who bury the old sinful self in baptism cannot continue in willful sin.
We are to live as Christ lived, by following the Holy Spirit of Christ dwelling in us; and that Spirit will NEVER lead us to compromise with any part of the Word of God, or to tolerate sin and false doctrine. Any spirit that leads into tolerating sin or false teachings contrary to the Word of God, is NOT of Christ; It is the spirit of Anti-Christ and is of Satan!
6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Being buried in baptism is a symbolic death of the old sinful person and frees us from PAST sin!
Why should we, being liberated from PAST sin; desire to compromise with God’s Word and to lose our Christ-like zeal for the whole Word of God, and associate with worldliness, going back into bondage?
There is only one reason: Because we love serving sin unto decay and death, more than we love serving God unto eternal life!
It is because we are willing to sell the birthright of our calling, which is eternal life in peace and harmony with God and all his children; for the temporary pleasures of sin which leads to eternal death.
Like Esau, many do not value their freedom from slavery to sin; and many sell their birthright, for a temporary and transitory relief from trials, or for temptations to take pleasure in evil doing.
6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ [in baptism], we believe that we shall also live with him [free from sin as he lives]: 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Just as Christ died for our sin once; and was then raised up to eternal life to serve God the Father; we are to destroy the old man of sin and enter a baptismal commitment to serve God the Father and to: “go and sin no more.”
Once raised up from baptism, we are raised up to a new life free from sin; to serve God the Father and to live by every Word of God with Christ-like passion.
Jesus Christ died once and now lives again; serving God the Father; and we who symbolically destroyed our past sinful selves in the watery grave of baptism; are to rise up a new person to serve God the Father
6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
The birthright of our calling is the same eternal life that was given to Jesus Christ when he was raised up from physical death and changed back to spirit.
UNDERSTAND the appalling price that Christ Jesus paid for us: Jesus Christ GAVE UP his eternal life to be made flesh for us! He then GAVE UP his physical life for us!
He did this with COMPLETE FAITH, that God the Father would strengthen him against all temptation to keep all of the Father’s commandments; making him a worthy sacrifice for his creation: In COMPLETE FAITH that his Father could and would raise him up and restore him back to eternal life!
6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God [we are to be sincerely repentant, spiritually sensitive and passionate to live by every Word of God] through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We are to become like the dead in regards to all temptation to sin and compromise with the commandments and Word of God. We are to destroy the old sinful man and become a new Christ-like person!
If we love God the Father and the Son and internalize the very nature of BOTH God the Father and the Son through the same Christ-like love and obedience of God the Father and his Word; our beloved Father will also raise us up to eternal life as he raised Jesus up!
6:12 Let not sin [any transgression of the Word of God] therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead [freed from the bondage of sin and death], and your members [keep the whole Word of God with all your mind and deeds] as instruments [subject your whole being to serve God the Father] of righteousness [The righteousness of God is the keeping of the Word of God] unto God.
Shun all sin and compromise with the Word of Almighty God; who alone is able to save and deliver us out of all sin. Allow his very mind, spirit and nature to dwell within us; overcoming all sin through the power of God!
As baptized persons we are to consider ourselves symbolically resurrected back to a new physical life after the death of the old sinful person, and delivered out of the spiritual Egypt of bondage! We are not to turn back into that Egypt of bondage to sin, or we shall be destroyed as those Israelites who wanted to turn back were destroyed!
If we truly loved Christ; we would do those things pleasing to Christ; we would be as zealous for the Father’s Word as Jesus Christ was!
We are the servants of those that we follow and obey. We are NOT to follow any man into willful sin against any part of the Word of God, we are not to allow sin to have dominion over us and we are not to turn back into bondage to sin and death.
6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law [facing a penalty for breaking the law], but under grace [having stopped sinning and having been forgiven for our sincerely repented PAST sins]. 6:15 What then? shall we [continue in sin] sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Anyone who has made a baptismal commitment to espouse themselves to Jesus Christ, and then compromises with any part of the Word of God even to the slightest degree, is in danger of being rejected as a suitable part of the spiritual bride.
As a bride is to become one flesh with her husband and is to faithfully follow him; so we are to become of one spirit, mind and actions with God our Father and our Husband, Jesus Christ.
We are to internalize his very nature, which is the lesson of eating Unleavened Bread every day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread; representing the internalizing of Jesus Christ: The Bread of LIFE.
What was the nature of Jesus Christ? He loved his Father with all his heart, and he kept all of his Father’s commandments, Word and instructions, without compromise or deviation to the slightest degree.
If we go willingly back into sin through deliberate compromise with God’s Word, we are in danger of being rejected as a part of the bride; and if we do not repent, we are in danger of damnation.
If we reject portions of God’s Word to justify our sins [like rejecting the commandments regarding the New Moons, rejecting God’s Biblical Calendar, rejecting Nehemiah and the sanctity of the Sabbath and rejecting Luke on the Passover]; Jesus Christ will reject us!
If we return to the spiritual Egypt of bondage to sin, from which we had been delivered by the application of the awesome sacrifice of Christ; we are returning back to the filthy burden of bondage to sin which we have been delivered out of; and we make a mockery of the sacrifice of Christ who died to deliver us.
If we prefer such filth, to the Holy Law of Liberty from sin; we are NOT worthy of Jesus Christ and we will not be a part of his bride.
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty [God’s law liberates us from bondage to sin], and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work [Word and law of God], this man shall be blessed in his deed.
My beloved brethren, it is time to wake up and to see how far we have fallen when we compromise and commit spiritual adultery against our LORD, by idolizing men and false traditions above the Word of God and the Glorious Law of Liberty from Satan and sin!
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness [righteousness is passionately living by every Word of God]?
A minister once said to me: “I am a minister of Jesus Christ, I can do anything I want and God has to back me up.”
God’s Word tells us that a minister of Jesus Christ would be doing what Jesus Christ wants, and NOT anything that HE himself wants.
If some person is doing anything HE wants, Almighty God will NOT back him up, because he is NOT a minister of Jesus Christ; he is the servant of another.
We are to prove all things by the Word of God which is also the Word of Jesus Christ; and we are to follow and obey God our Father and our espoused Husband totally; and to follow men ONLY as they follow God the Father and Jesus Christ.
6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you [Which is the sound doctrine of the Holy Scriptures to keep the whole word of God]. 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Righteousness is to live by every Word of God.
Let us rejoice that some have chosen to become like Jesus Christ, instead of continuing in sin; and are now the servants of righteousness through a passionate love of God, to enthusiastically wholeheartedly live by every Word of God.
Those who would compromise with any part of God’s Word; and those who would love or fear this world more than they love their spiritual Father and their espoused Husband: Will be corrected by God.
6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have [in the PAST committed many sins and were in bondage to sin] yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Let us turn away from our PAST zeal for sin and the pleasures of this world and die the symbolic death of the old sinful person in baptism, and rise up a new person in Christ; seeking the righteousness of God by keeping all of God’s Word with an even greater zeal then we had for the pleasures of this world!
If we serve sin by not keeping a certain part of the Word of God, we are empty of the righteousness of God.
James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Romans 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
6:22 But now being made free from sin, and [once freed from sin we are to] become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God [given to those who follow the whole Word of God] is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Sin and compromise with God’s Word leads to all manner of decay and death.
God‘s commandments bring harmony, peace and eternal life!