Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 2 Study # 3
August 14, 2016
Humble, Texas
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<025> Thesis:   Because grace has been installed as the foundational principle of God's treatment of believers, they will never be subject to the "lordship" of "sin". Introduction: Romans 6 is Paul's explanation of how life is to be lived in response to "grace". At the end of chapter five Paul claimed that where sin abounded, grace super-abounded so that the former reality of "The Sin" being able to rule as a king has been thwarted by "grace". This raised a most fundamental question: how should believers view the super-abounding grace? Should they simply go on about living as they did and let "grace" super-abound? Paul's answer to that was an emphatic "No" because a set of very basic realities have been put into place by this super-abounding grace so that life is to now be lived on a totally new basis. We have been totally identified with Christ in all that He accomplished in regard to life and "The Sin" and that means that we are to now actively pursue life as the outworking of having been made alive to God both by faith in a promise and by faith in His Spirit within us. Now, as we come to the middle of the chapter, we find that Paul makes another firm declaration that also raises a very similar question. The declaration is that "Sin" "shall not function as lord over believers". The question this raises is, again, a question of how we are to relate to the reality of "Sin": are we to simply hold on to the fact that we are delivered from "law" so it does not matter whether we do sinful things or not? This is where we are headed in our thinking.