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Romans 6:1 Set Apart For Service


Set Apart For Service                                                         

Romans 6: 1                                                                      

        I.     The Gospel of Grace brings hostility.

               A.   When Paul preached salvation by grace and grace alone, the reaction of the crowd was one of hostility, from Jew and Greek alike.

               B.   Paul warns the Corinthians of that. I Cor. 1: 23, 24.

               C.  It was a stumbling block to the Jews because it minimized works of Levitical law.

               D.  The Greeks thought it foolish to worship someone who  couldn’t save Himself. Matt. 27: 42, 43.

               E.   But there was a third ground of offense. The unsaved ,   which knowing right from wrong, wanted to              believe   in  a  superior goodness as being beneficial.

               F.   Paul came preaching salvation by grace.

               G.  Men of every religion and the followers of false gods were provoked because it seemed to contradict every principle of moral standards and righteousness.

               H.  Paul dealt with these objections in Rom. 5: 17.  He states that righteousness is necessary, but righteousness is a gift to reign. Why?  Because of what Christ had done, not what men did.

       II.     Justification & Sanctification

               A.   Justification is intended to produce sanctification.

               B.   Matt. 1: 21 Christ came to save people from their sins. Not in the middle of their sins only to go back to doing the same thing.

               C.  Romans 6: 1 and 15 are not the same, as many suggest.

                     1.   Verse one concerns living in a state of sin.

                           “Shall we sin in order to obtain grace?”

                     2.   Verse fifteen concerns sinning in a state of liberty.

                           “Shall we sin because we are in grace?”

                     3.   Both thoughts are from the flesh or from Satan, who hates the truth of the grace of God because it has destroyed his reign and control.

               D.  While the two, justification and sanctification, are distinct and must be differentiated, we cannot separate them.

               E.   God does not give righteousness apart from newness of life. Rom. 6: 4.

      III.     Paul preached

               A.   God has made a wonderful provision to accept the ungodly, and that works, character, and virtue play no part in this acceptance. Not even faith itself was to be rewarded, for it was Christ’s faith that saved.

               B.   Justification and sanctification are as inseparable as a body and a head, love and marriage. You can’t have one without the other.

  1. Holiness starts where justification finishes. If it doesn’t, we have every right to question if justification ever started.

      2 Cor. 5: 14, 15, I Cor. 6: 20.

               D.  There is a lot of unrighteous living by saved people, which causes the message of Christianity to be lightly esteemed, even made fun of by the lost.

               E.   But even more damaging, the young in Christ are brought in among Christians who think too lightly of Christ and His gift of grace.

      IV.     The True Gospel of grace preached by Paul.

               A.   Does not encourage sin.

               B.   This gospel magnifies the grace of God in the salvation of sinners and proclaims grace in all its fullness and freeness.

               C.  To each and every sinner the gospel is offered without   money and without works with no price to pay.

               D.  It cuts the ground from underneath the sinner who claims any righteousness, and declares human righteousness cannot be mixed with the righteousness, which God provides.

               E.   Salvation is ours by the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ, the fullness of the Godhead, dwelling bodily among us. He went to the cross and made reconciliation for sin by sacrificing Himself.

               F.   This gospel offers salvation by the faith of Christ alone. Rom. 4: 5, Gal. 2: 16.

  1. Finally, this gospel does not offer salvation to those who meet standards of human goodness, but declares that all manner of sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, that the lowest of all mankind may come as freely as the highest.

      I Cor. 1: 26-29.

               H.  Any perversion of this truth is always in the interest of                                     saving man’s face.

               I.    So long as man thinks he has any part in his salvation, he does not suffer the humiliation of admitting spiritual bankruptcy.

               J.   Man will go to great lengths to insert human merit and righteousness as part of the salvation process. Some will even go to hell believing it.

       V.     Grace and Grace Alone

               A.   Some say it is dangerous to preach this message because it might cause one to stumble.

               B.   But it is God’s way. It is the truth.  We cannot, we must not stop preaching it because there are those who object.

  1. It is not our business to convert men, but to proclaim the truth. We are the sweet smelling savour of Christ to God.

       2 Cor. 2: 14-16.

               D.  We must be faithful to declare truth even if no one believes.