The consequences for our spirit when we are saved by faith through God’s grace. ROMANS 6 – Part 1
It’s important to understand our salvation by faith and the consequences for our spirit. Romans chapter 6 begins this series. In this section, Paul explores the ramifications of being saved by being declared justified yet while still living in a sinful body. Paul is wading into a topical area that dominates the concerns of every Christian. These topics arise out of a unique situation, unique in terms of history. In which we all find ourselves, having come to faith in Christ and having obtained our justification, in this case meaning our salvation. And having been declared justified and yet at the same time living is a sinful body and feeling the strain of that sin in our life. We have a new life in Christ but we still feel drawn back into our old life of sin at times.
And therefore, believers are likely to raise several concerns or questions about the consequences of the salvation they have by faith alone.
- What should life look like for the one saved by faith and not by works?
- If suddenly we’re declared justified by a faith in God’s promises and not by good works, then do our behaviors matter at all?
- And if we are truly saved, why do I still have a desire to sin?
- Shouldn’t I be completely free of evil if I’ve been given God’s righteousness by faith?
- Finally, if I’m declared justified by my faith in an instant by faith and yet I go on sinning thereafter, might my relationship with God change?
- Could this salvation I obtained merely by faith be undone by my actions or those of someone else?
- Or could I reverse the process in some way and end up perishing in the end?
Paul now moves to addressing those questions in three chapters that comprise a specific block in the book of Romans. These three chapters can be summarize as the consequences of our salvation by faith.
- The consequences for our spirit.
- The consequences for our flesh.
- And the security of God’s righteousness, or we could say the consequences for eternity
Each of these three parts is found in its own chapter. Chapter 6 is the consequences concerning the spirit in us. Chapter 7 is the consequences for our flesh. And chapter 8 is the security of God’s righteousness.
Right now we are going to consider just the first of these three, the consequences for our spirit. Meaning, the consequences of a salvation that comes by faith and not by works. What are the consequences of that kind of salvation to your spirit?
Romans 6:1-5 (NKJV) **
Dead to Sin, Alive to God
6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,
**All scripture is from the New King James Version unless other wise noted
Most Christians have heard it preached a few times. And these words probably have a familiar ring to them. It is in some ways a problem, because they are so familiar we forget to pay attention to the details. There is something fundamentally important in this chapter. So important I don’t know why we don’t emphasize it more. And once people do understand it, it transforms their walk as a Christian. That’s my hope, to get you there in this chapter.
Paul begins this section with one of his favorite rhetorical devices… that is asking what
shall we say then? We could rephrase his question to be “what do we conclude from this” referring to what Paul taught in the prior chapter.
In chapter 5, Paul taught that we received mercy from a God who acted for our sake before we even knew Him. And God’s act of mercy in Christ had the power to reverse the mistake that Adam made in placing all humanity in bondage to sin. So it was explaining the mechanisms of God’s plan to give us righteousness. How He worked it out so one man’s death could get us all in heaven. So what do we conclude from this truth? One of the possible answers to that question might be that our justification gives us license to sin as much as we possibly want now, because none of that matters anymore. We’ve been made righteous by somebody else’s action. So our actions don’t really matter to the problem of how I get to heaven. And if we continue to sin as we prefer, we would actually be helping God, in a way. Because we would be multiplying the amount of grace God is then required to extend to us to cover all of that sin. Since God’s plan of redemption in Christ reflects glory upon Himself, then we are furthering God’s purposes when we give Him greater opportunity to cover our sin. That is what Paul says you could answer to the question. The more we sin, the more God can be seen to be loving and merciful by extending us grace.
At the end verse one, Paul actually gives that exact question. Are we to continue in sin so that God’s grace must increase to cover that sin? Paul says NO, that’s not the correct response to God’s grace. At this point, what reason could Paul give for fighting against sin? He can’t tell us that we should fight against sin because our righteousness depends upon it. Because our righteousness doesn’t depend on what we do, otherwise that would be salvation by works. By faith alone in Christ, we are already 100% righteous before God in your heavenly account. So what does Paul say to this comment? He says we have died to sin, so we may not live in sin.
Click below on other sections to learn more about the consequences of our salvation by Faith – Romans Chapter 6 series:
- Romans6/Part 2 – Consequences for our Spirit – A New Spirit
- Romans6/Part 3 – Consequences for our Spirit – Considered Sinless
- Romans6/Part 4 – Consequences for our Spirit – Serving God
- Romans6/Part 5 – Consequences for our Spirit – Being Obedient
“The author’s biblical interpretations and conclusions presented in this document rely on original teaching used by permission of Verse By Verse Ministry International (VBVMI). The author’s views may not represent the views of VBVMI, it’s Directors or staff. Original VBVMI teaching may be found at http://www.vbvmi.org.”
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