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We are a Resurrection People: Accept & Offer
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
And who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake.
Questions for Reflection
- Pastor Ryan keeps reminding us that 96,000 people on the Kona Coast are lost. When Paul wrote Romans, he said "Through Him we have received apostleship to call all the Gentiiles to obedience" (Romans 1:5). If grace is the key to our forgiveness and freedom, can we say that apostleship is what we do with that freedom? Consider that apostle means "One sent out". What do you think we are sent out to do once we receive God's grace?
- We celebrated Easter last Sunday—RESURRECTION! Paul speaks pretty directly about how the resurrection practically affects our lives. What are we free from in the resurrection, according to Romans 6:5-7? In what way are we free from it? Do you believe this? Can you think of any practical implications?
- Why do you think Paul makes such a distinction between death and life in Romans 6? He's (mostly) not talking about eternity or the afterlife in heaven; is he addressing THIS life? Does our life have any places of "death" in it? Have we fully "died to sin", as it says in Romans 6:11? Try to explain this difficult concept in your own words.