Romans 6:1-7:6

  1. What is now the position of those who are spiritually united with Christ:
    (a) in relation to sin, and
    (b) in relation to God?
    How had this change been effected?
  2. This being our positon in Christ, how are we so to enjoy and express it as to live a life of victory over sin?
    See verses 11-14; and note the key words, ‘consider’, ‘let not’, ‘yield’.

Two questions may arise out of Paul’s argument so far: the first, ‘Shall we then continue to sin?’ and the second, ‘How is it possible to be not under law?’ The first is answered in 6:15-23, and the second in 7:1-6.

  1. In 6:15-23, what two masters are contrasted?
    What kinds of service do they respectively demand, and with what result?
    In view of all these things, what is the only possible answer to the question whether we should continue in sin?
  2. To answer the second question (‘How is it possible to be not under law?’) Paul finds in the marriage tie an illustration of a person being subject to law and subsequently set free from it (verses 1-3), and applies it to the case of the Christian (verse 4).
    In the case of the Christian, by whose death is his old position under law brought to an end?
    Who is the new husband?
    And what are the fruits of this new union, as contrasted with those of the old?
    See verses 5 and 6.

Note. 7:4. When Christ’s body was broken in death, he passed to a life from all subjection to legal ordinances, and we, having died with him, are also set free. Sharing in his resurrection life, we are able to live no longer in legal bondage but in the glad obedience of love.

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