Reflections in Romans 6:1-10

“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:1-4 NIV

When we sin, we are forgiven because of Christ’s grace. He wanted us to get to heaven despite our imperfections, so he was perfect for us. This means we don’t have to be perfect, and as long as we have faith in Christ, we are forgiven when we sin. This doesn’t mean to keep doing bad, sinful things. When Christ saved us, our hearts were made new. Just as He died, in a big way, we died to our sinful selves, and just as He was raised from the dead and is alive, we live a new life with Him, and we are to try to be holy and pure. Doesn’t mean we won’t mess up, but we should try to be good. Jesus’s mercy on us is not an excuse to not try to do good; his mercy and love give us new hearts so that we desire to be good.

“If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin- because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.” Romans 6:5-7 NIV

This was what I was talking about before. When we have faith in Christ, we know that we died with him when he died, and we were brought back to life when he was resurrected. We were ‘born again’ and he gave us new hearts; the old ones died with him on the cross. We no longer have to be defeated by sin or be slaves to it because our old hearts died and the new hearts he gave us allows us to be free from sin.

“Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.” Romans 6:8-10 NIV

If our hearts that were slaves to sin died when Christ died, we know we will live rich, fulfilled, and purposeful lives with him, with the new hearts that we gain through his resurrection. Jesus has defeated death by not only rising from the dead but by resurrecting us, and giving us new lives to live. He died to all sin once on the cross, but now that he lives again, he lives his life for God.

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