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.