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We will begin this lesson in Romans 6:1 "What shall we say then? Shall
we continue in sin, that grace may abound?"

     This still is an on going discussion in the church today. Many
believe that it is not necessary to live above sin. They feel that it
is a natural thing to sin, and God will overlook sin. He surely knows
their weakness. The flesh will sin, but we found in the previous
lesson that our flesh must be dead so that our spirit can live. There
are two forces in our body today, our flesh nature and our spirit
nature.

     Romans 6:2 "God forbid.  How shall we, that are dead to sin, live
any longer therein?"

     Galatians 2:19 "For I through the law am dead to the law, that I
might live unto God." Galatians 2:20 "I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life
which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me, and gave himself for me." You see, if Christ truly lives
in us, we have no desire to sin any more. We no longer serve the lust
of the flesh, but we follow the Spirit of God.

     Romans 6:3 " Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized
into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?"

     When we go into the water for baptism, it is symbolic of being
buried with Jesus, and rising to new life in Him. We partake of His
burial and His ressurection.

     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 are buried a natural man and we are raised a spiritual man. We
are a new creature in Christ. Old things have passed away, behold all
things are made new. We are born again and not of corruptible flesh
but of the Spirit of God.  We walk no longer in the lust of the flesh,
but with the guidance of the Spirit of God within us.

     Romans 6:5 "For if we have been planted together in the likeness
of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of [his]
resurrection:"

     Colossians 3:1 "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those
things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of
God."  Colossians 3:2 "Set your affection on things above, not on
things on the earth."  Colossians 3:3" For ye are dead, and your life
is hid with Christ in God." Colossians 3:4 "When Christ, [who is] our
life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."  We
Christians live or die in Jesus. We are believers in and followers of
Him. In fact, He has taken up His abode in us, as we read above,
Christ in us.

     Romans 6:6 "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with
[him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we
should not serve sin."

     We see a parallel Scripture to this in Colossians 3:5 "Mortify
therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication,
uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and
covetousness, which is idolatry:" Mortify means to deaden. We are to
do away with all sin in the flesh and live to the Spirit of God.

     Romans 6:7 "For he that is dead is freed from sin."

     When our body dies, it no longer longs for things of the flesh.
We are truly dead with Christ in water baptisim, Sin is dead in us.
We have subdued the flesh man and become spirit.

     Romans 6:8 "Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we
shall also live with him:"

     Our new life is in Christ, not in the flesh.

     Romans 6:9 "Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth
no more; death hath no more dominion over him."

     II Timothy 1:10 "But is now made manifest by the appearing of our
Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life
and immortality to light through the gospel:"  Jesus has won the
victory over sin and death and for those who will follow him, He
offers life everlasting.  I Corinthians 15:26 "The last enemy [that]
shall be destroyed [is] death."  I Corinthians 15:54 "So when this
corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have
put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is
written, Death is swallowed up in victory."

     Romans 6:10 "For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in
that he liveth, he liveth unto God."

     Jesus gave His body on the cross to pay the debts for the sins of
all the world.  Hebrews 10:10 "By the which will we are sanctified
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all]".
John 1:29 "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."

     Romans 6:11 "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed
unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord."

     II Corinthians 4:11 "For we which live are alway delivered unto
death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made
manifest in our mortal flesh." In John 3:5 "Jesus answered, Verily,
verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the
Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."  And  John 3:6 "That
which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the
Spirit is spirit."

     Romans 6:12 "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body,
that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof."

     This is plainly saying that we must get the flesh under the
control of the spirit. As I said before, our will will be controlled
by the spirit or the flesh. If the lusts of the flesh control you,
then you do not belong to God.

     Romans 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, and your members [as] instruments of
righteousness unto God."

     Notice here, that it is in our power to control this.  There is a
war constantly between the flesh and the spirit. We must not yeild to
temptation. One of the easiest ways to not be tempted is to be reading
and studying God's word every day and stay busy.  Ephesians chapter 6
is a good Scripture to study to learn how to battle for the Lord,
verse 10 is good place to begin.
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