Fr. Mike highlights the boldness of Peter and John in our reading from Acts as they stand before the council of church leaders and defend the name of Jesus. He also addresses Paul's writings on God's grace given to us in our sinfulness and the war between good and evil present within ourselves. Today's readings are Acts 4, Romans 6-7, and Proverbs 27:4-6. If you have found this podcast to be helpful in your faith life and would like to help us continue bringing this Catholic media to as many people as possible, please consider making an ongoing financial gift at ascensionpress.com/support. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
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Morning: John 15:8; John 15:16; Romans 6:19; Romans 12:1–2; Galatians 6:15–16; Colossians 1:10 Bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.—Just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.—Neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them. “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”—“I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” John 15:8 (Listen) 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. (ESV) John 15:16 (Listen) 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. (ESV) Romans 6:19 (Listen) 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. (ESV) Romans 12:1–2 (Listen) A Living Sacrifice 12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers,1 by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.2 2 Do not be conformed to this world,3 but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.4 Footnotes  12:1 Or brothers and sisters  12:1 Or your rational service  12:2 Greek age  12:2 Or what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God (ESV) Galatians 6:15–16 (Listen) 15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. (ESV) Colossians 1:10 (Listen) 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; (ESV) Evening: Psalm 27:14; Psalm 62:1; Psalm 62:5; Song of Solomon 3:1; Lamentations 3:26; Hosea 14:1–2; Luke 18:7; James 1:13–17 I sought him, but found him not. Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. Take with you words and return to the Lord; say to him, “Take away all iniquity; accept what is good.” Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God….” But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire…. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!—It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.—“Will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?” For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation…. For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. Psalm 27:14 (Listen) 14 Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! (ESV) Psalm 62:1 (Listen) My Soul Waits for God Alone To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. 62 For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. (ESV) Psalm 62:5 (Listen) 5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. (ESV) Song of Solomon 3:1 (Listen) The Bride's Dream 3 On my bed by night I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but found him not. (ESV) Lamentations 3:26 (Listen) 26 It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. (ESV) Hosea 14:1–2 (Listen) A Plea to Return to the Lord 14 Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.2 Take with you words and return to the LORD; say to him, “Take away all iniquity; accept what is good, and we will pay with bulls the vows1 of our lips. Footnotes  14:2 Septuagint, Syriac pay the fruit (ESV) Luke 18:7 (Listen) 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? (ESV) James 1:13–17 (Listen) 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.1 Footnotes  1:17 Some manuscripts variation due to a shadow of turning (ESV)
Now that Jesus has saved you, you can live however you want, right!? No. The Gospel is SO MUCH BETTER THAN THAT! This week we learn about sanctification and why justification and adoption are just the beginning of God's blessings! #blessed #weekfour #sanctified #buriedwithchrist #raisedwithchrist #godchangesyou #newlife #romans6
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Last week we heard from the apostle Paul as he explained the effects of God's grace in our lives. Some erroneously believed that because God forgives, they can just go on wilfully sinning. In fact, some made the argument that if we sin more, then God has to give us more grace and when God gives grace that just makes him look better. So we should sin more, therefore revealing God to be good. Paul answers with a resounding, “No!" You don't understand grace. A proper understanding of grace should lead you away from sin, not towards it. Maybe you've heard this excuse before. It's actually been used by prominent Pastors who have had moral failures and then say something like this, “I know it's wrong. I am God's child and I am under grace and He will forgive me.” The error here is in thinking that one's freedom is unshackled and it minimizes the fact that sin is extremely powerful and will pull you deeper and enslave you further. This thinking is deadly. To be enslaved is to be controlled. Now here's the thing…we are all slaves to something or someone including ourselves. That is to say, we are slaves to our own flesh. The apostle Paul was keenly aware of this and that's why he begins his letter to the Romans describing himself in this way… "Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God” Romans 1:1 The Greek word for servant is doulos and it literally means to be owned by someone for a lifetime. Paul understood that everybody serves someone. He also knew what it meant to live a life serving unrighteousness. It leads to death. Let's understand how deceitful a master sin is. It will make you think you are free when in fact you are in the hands of a destroyer. Remember the story of Pinocchio, Geppetto's wooden puppet who longs to be a “real boy”? One night, his wish was granted, but on his way to school, he was lured by the wily fox, Honest John, who promises Pinocchio stardom as a “live puppet without strings.” Sadly however, Pinocchio finds himself locked up and enslaved by the fox. He is freed by his friend but shortly thereafter he's lured again to Pleasure Island where he can live as he wants. There he learns that his new life of freedom will quickly turn him into a donkey. In one very pointed scene you can see the terrified look on the little boy's face as he's trying to run away but it's too late. Pinoccian is being transformed into an animal. It's creepy, sad and profound. The theme of the fairy tale is that we must be on guard for ways that look like freedom but actually lead to enslavement and death. This story isn't just for children. It is a creative illustration of sin's enticement leading to bondage and a diminishment of one's humanity. Obedience to Jesus is the key to our liberation and true freedom.
Morning: Psalm 37:16; Proverbs 15:16; Proverbs 30:8–9; Matthew 6:11; Matthew 6:25; Luke 12:15; Luke 22:35; 1 Timothy 6:6; 1 Timothy 6:8; Hebrews 13:5 “One's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked.—Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.—Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment…. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.—Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.—“Give us this day our daily bread.” “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”—“When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.”—Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Psalm 37:16 (Listen) 16 Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. (ESV) Proverbs 15:16 (Listen) 16 Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it. (ESV) Proverbs 30:8–9 (Listen) 8 Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me,9 lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God. (ESV) Matthew 6:11 (Listen) 11 Give us this day our daily bread,1 Footnotes  6:11 Or our bread for tomorrow (ESV) Matthew 6:25 (Listen) Do Not Be Anxious 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? (ESV) Luke 12:15 (Listen) 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (ESV) Luke 22:35 (Listen) Scripture Must Be Fulfilled in Jesus 35 And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” (ESV) 1 Timothy 6:6 (Listen) 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, (ESV) 1 Timothy 6:8 (Listen) 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. (ESV) Hebrews 13:5 (Listen) 5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (ESV) Evening: John 3:6; John 6:63; Romans 6:11; Romans 8:9–11; 1 Corinthians 15:45; Galatians 2:20; Titus 3:5 “It is the Spirit who gives life.” “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.—“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”—He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.—You… must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. John 3:6 (Listen) 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.1 Footnotes  3:6 The same Greek word means both wind and spirit (ESV) John 6:63 (Listen) 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. (ESV) Romans 6:11 (Listen) 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (ESV) Romans 8:9–11 (Listen) 9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus1 from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. Footnotes  8:11 Some manuscripts lack Jesus (ESV) 1 Corinthians 15:45 (Listen) 45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”;1 the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. Footnotes  15:45 Greek a living soul (ESV) Galatians 2:20 (Listen) 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (ESV) Titus 3:5 (Listen) 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, (ESV)
John Murray wrote that “union with Christ is the central truth of the whole doctrine of salvation.” Romans 6:1-11 reveals that we have been united to Christ both in His death and in His resurrection. In this passage the apostle Paul makes clear that because Christ died for sin, we are to be dead to sin and that because we were made alive in Christ, we are able to live for Him. This sermon was preached at Legacy Reformed Baptist Church in East Grand Forks, MN. For more information, visit LegacyRBC.org.
The message this Sunday is for all those who feel trapped in destructive habits. It is for those who have been living in a cycle of sin, confess, sin, confess, over and over again. It is for those who feel stuck and wonder if thier Christian life will ever move forward. It is also for those who ask, "What did Jesus ever do for me?" The apostle Paul has been writing about the grace of God in Romans chapter 5. He's been telling us that God's grace covers every one of our sins. As often as we sin, there is grace to cover it. Like the waves of an ocean, one rolling in after another, God's grace does not come to an end. He concludes chapter 5 in this way… Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:20-21 In other words, the law, or God's moral commands, shows us clearly that we are sinners because they are spelled out in black and white, there is no gray column. We have no excuse and cannot say, “Well, I don't know what God expects from me!” So in this sense having the law increases sin. Paul goes on to say that where sin increases, grace abounds all the more. Why? The more we sin, the more grace is required to cover that sin. Paul is a brilliant thinker. He anticipates a question in light of this and it's found in the very next verse. What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? Romans 6:1 If God has to supply more grace to cover our many sins then why not make God look more and more gracious by sinning more and more. His answer is a resounding NO!! By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Romans 6:2 What he says next is the cure for your sin cycle. It begins with a specific knowledge found in verses 3 and 4. Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. To be baptised is to identify with something or somoene. So if you want to live the victorious Christian life then what you understand about your salvation identity is terribly important. There's a simple and profound truth here... We function according to our identity. You see, Jesus was raised so that we can be given new life. Our old life was in Adam with his death and as a result we were stuck and buried in sin. However, our new life is in Jesus with his death and resurrection. The old life (identity) in Adam is gone, the new life (identity) in Christ has arrived. Therefore Paul concludes this section with a resounding conclusion… For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14 This is prevention theology. Our identity in Christ prevents us from being under sin's rule!
20 Proverbs 13-14; 1 Chronicles 18-24; 19 Psalms 30-33; 45 Romans 6-10
Notes: Text: Romans 6:11-13, 19 “Grace is opposed to earning, but it's not opposed to efforts.” - Dallas Willard • Prayer • Fasting • Service - disciplines of community (giving, generosity, confession)
Jeremiah 23-24; Psalms 43-44; Romans 6-7
Notes: Text: Romans 6:11-23 + Vision + Intention + Means “There is no need to despair; hundreds of these adult converts have been reclaimed after a brief sojourn in the enemy's camp and now are with us. All the habits of the patient, both mental and bodily, are still in our favor.” Screwtape Letter, CS Lewis • Solitude • Scripture
Psalms and Wisdom: Psalm 73 Psalm 73 (Listen) Book Three God Is My Strength and Portion Forever A Psalm of Asaph. 73 Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped.3 For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek.5 They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.6 Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment.7 Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies.8 They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression.9 They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth.10 Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them.111 And they say, “How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?”12 Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches.13 All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.14 For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning.15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children. 16 But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task,17 until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end. 18 Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin.19 How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors!20 Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.21 When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart,22 I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you. 23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength2 of my heart and my portion forever. 27 For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.28 But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. Footnotes  73:10 Probable reading; Hebrew the waters of a full cup are drained by them  73:26 Hebrew rock (ESV) Pentateuch and History: 1 Kings 8:1–21 1 Kings 8:1–21 (Listen) The Ark Brought into the Temple 8 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers' houses of the people of Israel, before King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion. 2 And all the men of Israel assembled to King Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month. 3 And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark. 4 And they brought up the ark of the LORD, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent; the priests and the Levites brought them up. 5 And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who had assembled before him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered. 6 Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the Most Holy Place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. 7 For the cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim overshadowed the ark and its poles. 8 And the poles were so long that the ends of the poles were seen from the Holy Place before the inner sanctuary; but they could not be seen from outside. And they are there to this day. 9 There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets of stone that Moses put there at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the people of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. 10 And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the LORD, 11 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD. Solomon Blesses the Lord 12 Then Solomon said, “The LORD1 has said that he would dwell in thick darkness. 13 I have indeed built you an exalted house, a place for you to dwell in forever.” 14 Then the king turned around and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel stood. 15 And he said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who with his hand has fulfilled what he promised with his mouth to David my father, saying, 16 ‘Since the day that I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house, that my name might be there. But I chose David to be over my people Israel.' 17 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel. 18 But the LORD said to David my father, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart. 19 Nevertheless, you shall not build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for my name.' 20 Now the LORD has fulfilled his promise that he made. For I have risen in the place of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and I have built the house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel. 21 And there I have provided a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of the LORD that he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.” Footnotes  8:12 Septuagint The Lord has set the sun in the heavens, but (ESV) Chronicles and Prophets: Ezekiel 35 Ezekiel 35 (Listen) Prophecy Against Mount Seir 35 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir, and prophesy against it, 3 and say to it, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, Mount Seir, and I will stretch out my hand against you, and I will make you a desolation and a waste. 4 I will lay your cities waste, and you shall become a desolation, and you shall know that I am the LORD. 5 Because you cherished perpetual enmity and gave over the people of Israel to the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, at the time of their final punishment, 6 therefore, as I live, declares the Lord GOD, I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; because you did not hate bloodshed, therefore blood shall pursue you. 7 I will make Mount Seir a waste and a desolation, and I will cut off from it all who come and go. 8 And I will fill its mountains with the slain. On your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines those slain with the sword shall fall. 9 I will make you a perpetual desolation, and your cities shall not be inhabited. Then you will know that I am the LORD. 10 “Because you said, ‘These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will take possession of them'—although the LORD was there—11 therefore, as I live, declares the Lord GOD, I will deal with you according to the anger and envy that you showed because of your hatred against them. And I will make myself known among them, when I judge you. 12 And you shall know that I am the LORD. “I have heard all the revilings that you uttered against the mountains of Israel, saying, ‘They are laid desolate; they are given us to devour.' 13 And you magnified yourselves against me with your mouth, and multiplied your words against me; I heard it. 14 Thus says the Lord GOD: While the whole earth rejoices, I will make you desolate. 15 As you rejoiced over the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so I will deal with you; you shall be desolate, Mount Seir, and all Edom, all of it. Then they will know that I am the LORD. (ESV) Gospels and Epistles: Romans 6 Romans 6 (Listen) Dead to Sin, Alive to God 6 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self1 was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free2 from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. Slaves to Righteousness 15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves,3 you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Footnotes  6:6 Greek man  6:7 Greek has been justified  6:16 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; twice in this verse; also verses 17, 19 (twice), 20 (ESV)
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In this sermon, Pastor JR explains how every Christian is free from sin as a fact, but not every Christian lives in that freedom as an experience. Notes: Text: Romans 6:15-23 + Conversion is a Total Transfer of Loyalty + Conversion is a Total Transformation of Life + Every Christian is equally free from sin as a fact, but not every Christian lives equally in that freedom as an experience.
Should we just sin all the time because we're not under law but under grace? The second half of Romans 6 addresses this question while, in a way, trolling our Western notion of freedom. Being free isn't only about being out from under the wrong thing, but being bound to that which is truly good. And this goodness runs on a fuel more powerful than the right answers of the law. Romans Davis Johnson Hope Community Church - Downtown Minneapolis For more resources or to learn more about Hope Community Church, visit hopecc.com.