Letter to Christians in Rome: Chapter 6 (pt 2 of 3)

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What Is True Freedom? That’s when the new service completely ousts the old!

So, since we’re out from under the old tyranny, does that mean we can live any old way we want? [Well . . . that’s a good question . . .] Since we’re free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind? Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it’s your last free act. But, offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. All your lives you’ve let sin tell you what to do. But thank God you’ve started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom! —Romans 6:15-18

The bottom line is that you must submit to the power you choose to obey, whether you choose sin, whose reward is death, or God, obedience to whom means receiving the reward of righteousness—right-standing with God, the ability to stand in His presence freely forgiven.

The Bible says, “through Him we have our access into this grace in which we stand.”

“If because of one man’s trespass death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive God’s overflowing grace and the free gift of righteousness will reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ. —Romans 5:1-3; 17

Phillips translation says they will live their lives victoriously!

The NIV says that those who Receive his abundant provision of Grace and of the gift of righteousness, reign in life!

The Amplified Version says they, Reign as Kings in life!

They are more than conquerors

Always lead us into victory—or triumph

This is supposed to be the norm for Christians, but we often feel that that passage mocks us. The problem is that we see where we should be—but often we are not meeting those standards—we feel like failures—rejected. Yet we are still called to live a life of victory!

If interested, you can download the entire study of The Letter to Christians at Rome


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