A Higher Calling

A Higher Calling

A Higher Calling

Romans 6

I want to open our study in Romans 6 with a passage from Hebrews 12:1.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1, NLT)

   In our previous study we learned that the word sin in the Greek is an archers term that simply means to miss the mark. Gods standard of righteousness is His own righteousness and there is only one who meets that standard – Jesus, the Son of God. But the gift of God is eternal life to those who put their trust in Jesus. God attributes the righteousness of His Son to those who believe in Him because Jesus “became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor 5:21) Thus the Gospel is “the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16)

   But what does the Gospel mean for our struggle with sins? By sins I mean: anger, lying, lust, greed, gossip and so on. Does becoming a Christian mean we no longer struggle with sin or, for that matter, can sin and not worry about it? That is the issue Paul is dealing with in Romans 6.

   At the closing of chapter 5 Paul makes the statement, “where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more.” Paul was showing us the supremacy of grace over sin. There is no sin Gods grace cannot deal with. Unfortunately some were using Gods grace as a license to sin. Salvation isn’t God excusing sin through His Sons’ death, but judging sin. The judgment of that sin was violent and bloody. Therefore how can we continue in something for which Jesus had to die in order that we might no longer be bound to it? What would you think of the person whose life was saved at the cost of someone else’s only to see him or her go back to the thing that put his or her life in danger in the first place? You would say, “what a waste of a good life for a bad.” “Where is the gratitude?”

  The purpose of Romans 6 is to remind us that we no longer are bound to walk in sin, but we now have the power to walk in newness of life – a life free from the bondage of anger, drugs, lust, greed, lying and whatever sin that easily trips us up in our pursuit of the Kingdom Of God. Not only is the Gospel the power of God for salvation, but also the power of God to overcome the things that sow destruction in our lives and distract us from God. We no longer live to sin, but we now live to God.

   So when the writer of Hebrews tells us in Chapter 12 to strip off the sin that trips us up, he is reminding us that we were saved for better things.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1–2, ESV)

What sin, or sins, trip you up?

How have they hindered your pursuit of God?

How do they rob your joy?

Do you believe God has the power to free you?

Are you not delivered because you love your sin?

Would any who are reading this share with us how God has freed you from some besetting sin in your life and the joy and purpose that has resulted from that deliverance? You don’t have to be specific, just share the result of placing your trust in God in order that others who are reading this study might be encouraged.

Freedom At Last!
The Second Adam
 

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Friday, 15 December 2017