Sunday, September 27, 2020
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1,2 KJV).
Behold, the four keys to victorious Christian living as found in Romans chapter 6!
The first step to successful Christian living is knowing—possessing an awareness of sound Bible doctrine. Continue reading Romans chapter 6: “ Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
“ For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  For he that is dead is freed from sin.  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.”
The second step to victorious Christian living is reckoning—taking into account sound Bible doctrine, then adopting it as your own view. Verses 11 and 12: “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” Since we are dead with Christ, we are dead to sin (its power over us). We have also been given resurrection life with Christ. As lost people, before we came to the Lord by faith, our sin nature and its resultant deeds were all we knew. Now, we have been given a new nature, and it will produce good works.
Let us look at the remaining two steps….