LIVING VICTORIOUSLY!

SERIES ON ROMANS 6

 

ROMANS 6:5-10

#3 - SOLIDARITY

 

sol·i·dar·i·ty (s¼l”¹-d²r“¹-t) n. A union of interests, purposes, or sympathies among members of a group; fellowship of responsibilities and interests. The American Heritage Dictionary, Electronic Edition

 

We know that the best kind of Christianity is that in which brothers and sisters are unified.  Our Lord Jesus prayed for a unity or solidarity among us believers. John 17:20-21

 

The reason we can have solidarity or unity among believers is because of the unity each believer has in the Lord Jesus Christ.   

 

Our solidarity with the Lord Jesus Christ also makes it possible for us to live the normal Christian Life, a life that is victorious over habitual sin.

 

Remember that we have distinguished between the words “average” and “normal”. To be average means to be just like everyone else. To be normal means to live up to a norm or a standard.  As Christians we are normal when we are living a life of victory over sin.

 

Last week we began to see the solidarity or the unity that we have in the Lord Jesus Christ as illustrated by Baptism. Romans 6:3-4

 

Baptism is a testimony of something that has already happened!

When Christ died, I died!

When Christ was buried, I was buried!

When Christ rose to new life, I rose to new life!

 

My testimony in Baptism is that I am a new creature.

I have new life as Christ has new life when he was raised from the dead. I was resurrected with Him!

The way I walk now is not as I did in my sinful past, but now as a new creature resurrected with Christ.

   

My unity or solidarity with Christ is what will enable me to live the normal Christian life.

 

This week we are continuing to explore our solidarity in Christ in Romans 6:5-10. We find ourselves united in Christ.

 

UNITED IN TRANSFORMATION – Vs. 5

 

Romans 6:5 - For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

 

The word planted here means “united”.  As we have shown you before, because Christ died for us, when Christ died we died with Him.   

 

Because we died with Him, we experienced the same transformation as He did.  Christ died and then rose with a new resurrection body.  Christ has new life!

 

We died with Christ and we are risen with Christ.  Our lives have been transformed because we are united in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20

 

UNITED IN TRANSFORMATION – Vs. 5

UNITED IN FREEDOM – Vss. 6-7

 

Romans 6:6 - Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

 

There was an “old man” who lived inside of every Christian.  That old man was his unregenerate self before he knew Jesus as His Savior.

 

That old man was not pretty.  Actually that old man was both dead and alive at the same time.  He was alive in the sense of performing habitual sin. He was dead in that he was destined for punishment.     

   

What a miserable creature was our old, unsaved self. Ephesians 2:1-3

 

This was the old man who was held fast in bondage.

It is him who died with Christ.

It is him that went to the grave.

“Good riddance to bad rubbish!”

 

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed

 

So much of the Normal Christian Life has to do with faith.

Do you “know” by faith that your old man was crucified with Christ?

I mean do you really believe it?

And do you “know” by faith that because you were crucified with Christ that the body of sin is “rendered inoperative”?  Do you believe in your heart that you are no longer obligated to serve sin?  

 

When you are tempted to sin you are not obligated to sin because the “body of sin is destroyed” or “rendered inoperative.”

Can you sin? Yes!

Are you obligated to sin? No!

Is it a terrible thing to sin now that you died with Christ? Yes! Romans 6:1-2

Romans 6:6 - Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

The intent Christ dying for your sins so that you died with Him, were buried with Him, and rose again with Him is that not only are you forgiven and going to heaven, but that you not serve sin any longer.

The question is, do you believe it?

 

As a Christian you are set free from sin!

Romans 6:7 - For he that is dead is freed from sin.

The word “freed” is the same word as “justified”.

The word justified means to be “declared righteous”.

You were declared righteous when you trusted Jesus Christ as Savior. That’s how God sees you!

Romans 5:9, 5:1

Because you are dead with, you are set free from sin.

You are “declared righteous” from sin!

Shouldn’t you live like you are declared righteous from sin?

Should you go back into bondage again?

Of course not!

 

James 4:1-4 - From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Don’t be an adulterer by loving the things of the world more than you love God!  Don’t as a child of God act like His enemy!

 

Beloved, don’t forget your solidarity in Christ.

You died with Him!

You are buried with Him!

You are justified!

You are declared righteous!

You are free from the obligation to sin!

BELIEVE IT!

 

UNITED IN LIVING – Vss. 8-10

 

Romans 6:8 - Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

And you just might be thinking, “Ah yes! Someday I will live with Christ in Heaven. That’s great! I’ll no longer sin at all!”

 

You are right to be thinking this!

1 John 3:2 - Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

But there is more!

You are dead with Christ now!

You are buried with Christ now!

You are living with Christ now!

 

Galatians 2:20 - I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live;

 

You were united in death.

You are united in resurrection!

You are united in new life!

You are united in victory!

 

Romans 6:9 - Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

Your Savior was briefly under the dominion of death.  It had dominion over His physical body as He lay in the tomb.

Death can not hurt your Savior now!

 

 

Romans 6:10 - For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Jesus died unto sin, your sin once!

But now He lives.

He lives unto God.

He will never go back again to suffer for our sins!

He is free!

 

And you, Christian friend, are united with Him!

Because Christ is free, you are free.

 

You are not obligated to live in the bondage of sin any longer.

 

We are:

UNITED IN TRANSFORMATION – Vs. 5

UNITED IN FREEDOM – Vss. 6-7

UNITED IN LIVING – Vss. 8-10

 

Lord willing, next week, we will see how to apply this truth of victory to our daily lives.

But first we had to lay the groundwork!

 

Please believe these verses:

 

Romans 6:1-2 - What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Romans 6:6-7 - Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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