– Victory (3) – Victory over Sin – March 19, 2017
lesson three (3) in our series entitled “Victory.”
scripture is Romans 6:4-14
Sin is no
longer my master – JESUS is.
not achieved by keeping the law or by human effort. GOD’S grace
is extended to
all who place their faith in GOD’S Only SON, JESUS.
read Romans 6:1-3: (Lead-in)
The New Life in Christ
1 What should we say then? Should we
continue in sin in order that grace may multiply?
Christians are saved by GOD’S grace and are under HIS grace, there was an idea by
some Christians that if Christians sinned more, they would have more grace. The
Apostle Paul’s reply is a resounding “NO!”
2 Absolutely not! How can we who died
to sin still live in it?
How can that
be since all who place their faith in JESUS have died to self and JESUS lives
3 Or are you unaware that all of us
who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
baptize by immersion in water. This is a beautiful picture of dying physically
to our old life and being raised from physical death to live our resurrected lives
as directed by the indwelling Holy Spirit. CHRIST lives through us. Paul
expands on this in our next verses.
Let’s read Romans 6:4-7:
4 Therefore we were buried with
Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the
dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.
Therefore ties back to the foregoing statement
or statements to the statements that follow.
5 For if we have been joined with Him
in the likeness of His death, we will certainly also be in the likeness
of His resurrection.
6 For we know that our old self
was crucified with Him in order that sin's dominion over the body may be
abolished, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin,
7 since a person who has died is freed
from sin's claims.
when JESUS died upon the cross, all who place their faith in JESUS also died
with HIM. When GOD raised JESUS from the dead GOD also raised all who place
their faith in HIM from the dead.
that as true born-again Christians, sin no longer has control over us because
we are dead to our human desires and have been resurrected to walk in obedience
to the Holy Spirit. Sin no longer controls Christians. If true, why do we not
have power over sin?
First, it is
true. JESUS broke and defeated the power of sin when HE willingly gave HIS
sinless life to pay, in full, the penalty for sin. As you may recall, once we
receive JESUS as our Savior, it is the process of sanctification that brings us
into conformity with what and who we are in CHRIST.
fall of man, sin entered the world. Mankind has been ruled by the ruler of that
fallen monarch, Satan and his team. GOD established a new monarch by sending
HIS only Son, JESUS into the world to live in the flesh.
JESUS lived a sinless
life, even though HE was tempted to sin in all ways as we are; yet HE lived
without sin. HE gave HIS sinless life upon the cross and HIS blood was shed.
The shedding of HIS sinless blood paid the penalty GOD established to pay for
the sin debt, in full. Therefore, when a person places his or her faith in the
passion of JESUS, in essence, he or she died when JESUS died. But it does not
If JESUS had
remained dead, we would have no more reason to believe in HIM than others who
have died and remain in the grave. GOD resurrected JESUS from the physically
dead and restored HIM to eternal life in a new resurrected Glorified eternal
body. GOD restored JESUS’ Glory to HIM as we studied in our March 5, 2017
when we accept JESUS as our Savior, we died physically with JESUS upon the
cross but with the resurrection of JESUS, GOD also resurrected all who place
their faith in JESUS. In doing so, Christians left the monarch of Satan’s
kingdom and rule to the new monarch of GOD’S Kingdom and rule. This relocation
is confirmed by the indwelling Holy Spirit. We have been born-again into the
family of GOD and our citizenship is in Heaven.
moment of salvation, Christians are relocated into GOD’S Kingdom and are no
longer ruled by the monarch of sin.
sin has been won!
So why do we
still sin? Christians still allow the power of sin to rule. The flesh keeps
Christians connected to the power of sin. Christians must live in the power of
their resurrected status and that is victory over the power of sin. JESUS won
and is victorious over sin and its consequence eternal death. At the instant of
salvation Christians belong to GOD and HIS Kingdom through faith in JESUS but
the process of sanctification begins.
22 you took off your former way of
life, the old man that is corrupted by deceitful desires;
23 you are being renewed in the spirit
of your minds;
24 you put on the new man, the one
created according to God's [likeness] in righteousness and purity of the truth.
9 Do not lie to one another, since you
have put off the old man with his practices
10 and have put on the new man, who is
being renewed in knowledge according to the image of his Creator.
continue to read our focus scripture.
Let’s read Romans 6:8-11:
8 Now if we died with Christ, we
believe that we will also live with Him,
9 because we know that Christ, having
been raised from the dead, no longer dies. Death no longer rules over Him.
10 For in that He died, He died to sin
once for all; but in that He lives, He lives to God.
11 So, you too consider yourselves dead
to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Claim it to
regain it! GOD’S original plan was for mankind to live in Heaven with HIM and
to obediently and willingly serve HIM. When Adam and Eve disobeyed GOD, sin
entered the world and Adam and Eve were cast out of GOD’S kingdom.
upon earth is our opportunity to be restored to GOD’S original intent.
mankind with the freedom to choose. Adam and Eve chose to eat the fruit from
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They had a choice then and now,
mankind has a choice. The choice of every human is to be restored to eternal
life with GOD through faith in JESUS or to reject JESUS and eternal life with
GOD and suffer the consequence of sin, which is eternal death. How do you
sin and eternal death or remain in your sentence of eternal death?
sin and eternal death means salvation from the power of sin and eternal death. Faith in JESUS imparts to Christians the power of JESUS’ resurrection the
instant we accept JESUS as our Savior.
Let’s read Romans 6:12-14:
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in
your mortal body, so that you obey its desires.
decide who rules their lives. Will it be the power of sin or the resurrected
power of JESUS? The power of sin is in the desires of our flesh. It is like,
when we are on a diet if we are weak, we must stay away from the foods that
13 And do not offer any parts of it to
sin as weapons for unrighteousness. But as those who are alive from the dead,
offer yourselves to God, and all the parts of yourselves to God as weapons for
of the flesh, sin, are weapons Satan uses to prevent Christians from living the
victorious life in CHRIST. Christians
are in a daily battle. Paul gave us the secret of living victorious lives. We
already have victory but we must trust the power of that victory.
us better understand what Christians face each day in Ephesians 6:10-18: (Each
day we get up we must suit up because we will be in a battle that has already
been won by JESUS! Christians are to let their light shine on the dark
battlefield of earthly life to rescue those wounded by the enemy and those who
want to change monarchs.)
10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord
and by His vast strength.
11 Put on the full armor of God so that
you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.
12 For our battle is not against flesh
and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world
powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.
13 This is why you must take up the
full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and
having prepared everything, to take your stand.
14 Stand, therefore, with truth like a
belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest,
15 and your feet sandaled with
readiness for the gospel of peace.
16 In every situation take the shield
of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the
17 Take the helmet of salvation, and
the sword of the Spirit, which is God's word.
18 With every prayer and request, pray
at all times in the Spirit, and stay alert in this, with all perseverance and
intercession for all the saints.
must pray for each other!
Let’s continue reading Romans 6:14:
14 For sin will not rule over you,
because you are not under law but under grace.
The law has
no grace, it is rigid. A couple of weeks ago, I was told that one of the
employees working for the person who does my lawn had been arrested and was to
be shipped back to Mexico. I have known this young man who has a wife and 2
children for a number of years. He came to the US at the age of 5 and graduated
from a local high school. He was working on his citizenship. He did something
that resulted in the police being called and the feds happened to be in the
area. Zip, off he goes. That is what the law does. Violate it and you are
That is why
Christians live under GOD’S grace. But living under grace does not mean
Christians have a license to sin. Christians are to live in the power of the
victory JESUS has won.
remember what JESUS told the Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos as recorded in
17 When I saw Him (The Glorified JESUS),
I fell at His feet like a dead man. He laid His right hand on me, and said,
"Don't be afraid! I am the First and the Last,
18 and the Living One. I was dead, but
look-I am alive forever and ever, and I
hold the keys of death and Hades.
19 Therefore write what you have seen,
what is, and what will take place after this.
John to write this down because it would be valuable information to all
Christians throughout the ages until JESUS returns. JESUS has defeated the
holder of the keys of death and Hades. Faith in JESUS frees those who place
their faith in HIM from the clutches of sin which is eternal death and Hades.
Awaiting the New Body
1 For we know that if the earthly tent
we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in
heaven, not built by human hands.
2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be
clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling,
3 because when we are clothed, we will
not be found naked.
4 For while we are in this tent, we
groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be
clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be
swallowed up by life.
5 Now the one who has fashioned us for
this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing
what is to come.
6 Therefore we are always confident
and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.
7 For we live by faith, not by sight.
8 We are confident, I say, and would
prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
9 So we make it our goal to please
him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
10 For we must all appear before the
judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the
things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
In John 5:24-30:
(JESUS is speaking.)
24 "I assure you: Anyone who hears
My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come under
judgment but has passed from death to life.
25 "I assure you: An hour is
coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God,
and those who hear will live.
26 For just as the Father has life in
Himself, so also He has granted to the Son to have life in Himself.
27 And He has granted Him the right to
pass judgment, because He is the Son of Man. (The promised Messiah)
28 Do not be amazed at this, because a
time is coming when all who are in the graves will hear His voice
29 and come out-those who have done
good things, to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked
things, to the resurrection of judgment.
30 "I can do nothing on My own. I
judge only as I hear, and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My
own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
All who have
asked JESUS to forgive them for their sins and invited JESUS into their heart
have the blood of JESUS over the door posts of their hearts and the death angel
passes over. All of the sins of Christians have been blotted out by the shed
blood of JESUS and when we come before the judgment seat of GOD, HE only sees
our righteousness because of our faith in JESUS.
accept JESUS as our Savior, all mentioned earlier takes place but we remain
upon earth to be the light of salvation to those in the darkness and rule of sin.
Christians are to be examples of the power of the resurrected life they receive
at the instant of salvation.
Christians are a work in progress through
Christians are reconciling what is true, that is the power of
the resurrection with living as a human upon earth. It is through the renewing
of our minds as we yield to the presence and work of the Holy Spirit
reconciling our humanness to the power of our resurrected life while still in
the transitioning human mind.
Do not listen to the ruler over the monarch of
sin but rejoice in the victory of living a resurrected life in GOD’S kingdom
upon earth. Christians must be vigilant to not allow their flesh to lead them
into the desires of the flesh.
Christians must allow the indwelling Holy Spirit
rule in their lives. The Holy Spirit is the power of the resurrected life upon
earth for all Christians. Blessings!!!