Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 1 Study # 2
May 1, 2016
Humble, Texas
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<003> Thesis:   Being "dead" to the sin does not mean that we are incapable of "living in the sin". Introduction:   In our initial study, we raised the question of why Paul would ask the questions found in 6:1. In order to try to answer that question, we backtracked into a few verses in chapter five and found at least four issues that might lead a person to think that how we act in time is of no consequence. First, we saw that 5:19 posits an actual production of persons who do what they do by reason of how they are put together: sinners sin without effort because they are simply doing out of what they are; and, the righteous will, at some point, also naturally do what is right simply because of what they are. But Paul's use of the future tense in regard to the impact Christ made opens the door to the idea that the impact of Christ's action is reserved for the future. Then, second, we saw that 5:21 puts the "rule" of grace into the subjunctive mood so that it is seen as "potential" more than current reality. Taken together, the "futuristic potential" might be taken to mean that we are going to "persist in sin" until some time in the future when Christ obliterates the roots of sin in us. Then, there is Paul's concept of "bondage to sin" as an absolute in Adam's progeny so that they can do nothing but sin so that as long as we still have links to Adam, we are going to sin. What would be the point, then, of any serious effort to not live in the sin? And, finally, Paul's declaration that grace superabounds when sin abounds tends to make "sinning" of little consequence: grace will "super abundantly take up the slack". But, Paul's intense denial that these notions ought to become our "doctrine" means that we need to take a deeper look into how those issues should influence our thinking. Paul's approach is to simply raise the question of whether, or not, we ought to "persist in the sin" so that "sins" are produced by us. This evening we are going to attempt to grasp a little part of Paul's rationale.