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All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.  This Week’s Study: Romans 6:14-7:6 Monday - Sin shall NOT have dominion over you. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace (Romans 6:14). Today’s text is a very positive assurance that “sin shall not have dominion over you.”  When I read specifications for items making up a project I often read the word “shall.”  Shall means this is the way it will be. No equivocation about it. It shall be this way. With that in mind, let’s go back to our text.  “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law but under grace.”  Paul’s point is not that sinning is OK as we learn in tomorrow’s verse.  His point is, “Sin shall not have dominion over you.”  We no longer live under the tyranny of Satan’s control. IF we belong to Christ. “Sin shall not have dominion over you.”  Why? Because Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sins.  Because we do not live under the dominion of the sin the law points out.  Rather we live under the grace God’s love and His sacrifice offers us. And that is good news.  We can be free from Satan’s tyranny.  “Sin shall not have dominion over you.”  May our God be praised! Tuesday - Grace does not free us to sin! For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! (Romans 6:14-15). As always, Paul maintains balance in his discussion of law and grace.  He writes: “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Living under grace increases our obligation to live the way God wants His children to live.  Paul asks, “Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace?” and he answers “Certainly not!”  The King James Version translates it “God forbid.”  God forbid that we should lie, cheat, commit adultery, steal, swear, honor other god’s rather than Him,  or covet! Our text is a very positive injunction and promise.  Sin shall not have dominion over you.  You live under grace rather than the condemnation of God’s law.  Earlier verses in this chapter tell us we died to sin.  The old man of sin is dead. Now we live in the newness of God’s grace. “Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!”  Nope!  “God forbid.” Wednesday  - You serve the one to whom you yield yourselves. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness (Romans 6:16-18 KJV). God gives us the choice to serve our master.  The one we choose holds dominion over us.  The word translated “servants” in the King James Version strongly implies “slave”  The New King James Version translates thusly: “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” You see, God gives us freedom to choose our master.  Will we serve sin leading to death or obedience to God leading to righteousness?  Satan wants to lock us into slavery and bondage to sin and destruction.  God offers freedom and eternal life.  Shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the best choice here. “But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness” (Romans 6:17-18). Who is your master today?  Won’t you join me in choosing God, holiness, and eternal life?  Don’t you want to be set free from sin?  If you’ve never made that choice, why don’t you surrender your life to God just now? Thursday  - Present your members as slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness (Romans 6:19). “I speak in human terms” Paul is putting in our language today and trying to make it clear.  His point? When you presented your members as slaves to uncleanness you became more and more lawless.  He is talking about presenting the parts of our body for sinning.  Sin begins in our heads and is acted out by our bodies, our members or body parts.  We can’t separate our bodies away and say what happens there doesn’t matter.  Likewise we can’t say as long as I didn’t act on that sinful thought I am guiltless. Jesus said if we hate a brother we commit murder and if we lust after someone not a rightful spouse, we commit adultery (Matthew 5:21- 22,28-29).  So sin in our minds leads to sin in our bodies.  Paul says don’t yield your members, your bodies as slaves of uncleanness and of more and more lawlessness.  Instead, present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. “For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death” (Romans 6:20- 21). “But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:22-23). Friday/Weekend - While we were still sinners Christ died for us. Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another--to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter (Romans 7:4-6). In Romans 7:1-3 Paul tells how a widow who marries another is NOT an adulterer because if her “husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. . . . if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. Likewise, Paul writes, “you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another-to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.” His point is we are no longer married to legalistic obedience of the letter of the law, we have been delivered from that.  We died to that “so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.”  God is seeking a people who obey but He seeks obedience which comes out of the newness of the Spirit.  He seeks obedience which wells up out of us because of the love we experience as His children. s.” Press <Control>+D to bookmark this page 2010-2012 Marvin Glass, Inc. 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