LIVING VICTORIOUSLY!

SERIES ON ROMANS 6

 

ROMANS 6:20-23

THE CHOICE IS YOURS

 

CHOICES – We all have them to make.  We look back at some of the choices we’ve made, and say, “That was a good choice.”

We look back at other choices that we’ve made and say, “That was a bad choice.”

When we make choices, we don’t always think about the consequences of those choices.  However, we should remember that we are accountable to God for all our choices.

Romans 14:12 - So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.  

This morning we are concluding Romans Chapter 6. We are talking about the Normal Christian Life in Romans 6-8.  It has also been called “The Victorious Christian Life”.

We have learned that we as Christians died with Christ, were buried with Christ, and rose with Christ that we might have the victory. Believers’ baptism is a testimony to this. Romans 6:3-4

Based on the work of Christ for us, we have choices to make.

We need to reckon, yield, and trust. Romans 6:11-14

We need to remember that to whomever we yield or give in to, we are their servants. Romans 6:16

We also need to remember that as Christians we have been promoted. Romans 6:18

And now, because we are the servants of righteousness, we are to follow the pattern stated in Romans 6:19.

The way you live your life is entirely up to you.

You have a choice to make! 

·       You can choose not to be a Christian at all or to pretend to be one to please somebody.

·       You can choose to be a Christian who struggles without ever knowing real victory.

·       You can choose to be a Christian who lives, a normal victorious Christian life.

Let’s put it another way based on this morning’s text.     You can choose:

LIFE THAT’S FREE, FRUITLESS, AND A FAILURE

Vs. 20 - For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

Remember this! – A person who does not have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is the servant of sin. He has no choice but to sin!

Even the person who appears to live an exemplary life but doesn’t have Christ is free from righteousness!  Such was the case with the Jews of Paul’s day! Romans 10:1-4

My friend, if you have never truly placed your faith in Christ, you are free from the righteousness of God.

Not only does the unsaved person have a life that is free from righteousness, but it’s fruitless! Romans 6:21

Unless you were saved when you were very young, you can look back at your life before you were saved, and be ashamed of some of the things which you did. Let’s face it! How the people without Christ act bears no fruit for God.  Much of what they do only brings shame. And that makes sense.  You can only have the “fruit of righteousness” if you know Jesus as your Savior.

Your can only have the fruit of the Spirit if you know Jesus as your Savior. Galatians 6:22-23

So without Christ, a person’s life is free, fruitless and A failure!

…for the end of those things is death.

No good ever comes from sin!

What ultimate good comes from stealing, murder, lying, cheating, unforgiveness, unrighteous anger, bitterness, or any other sin?  Absolutely none!

There’s deadness in sin.

There’s failure in sin.

There’s despair in sin.

Even as Christians, when we sin, the results are death. Not eternal death, but death in the sense that what we do displeases God and is totally unproductive.

Have you lied? There is deadness in that lie. No good ever comes from deception.

Have you committed adultery? There is deadness in that adultery. It will put a wedge between you and your mate.

Have you cheated? There’s deadness in that cheating. It is an affront to God’s righteousness.

Have you worried? There is deadness in that worry.  Your lack of faith dishonors God and causes you much grief.

You get the idea.

When we sin as Christians, we do not lose our salvation. But there is a death to our fellowship with God.  The Holy Spirit is grieved, and our prayers are not answered. Isaiah 59:2

God forbid that we as Christians should choose to live the way we were before we came to know Christ as Savior.

We are not the servants of sin!  We do not have to live a life that’s free from righteousness, fruitless and a failure!

You can choose:

A LIFE THAT’S FREE, FRUITLESS AND A FAILURE

A LIFE THAT’S SEVERED, SERVING, SPROUTING, AND SAVED

Romans 6:22  - But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

When you trusted Jesus Christ as Savior, your relationship with sin became cut, severed. You were set free from your servitude to sin.  You are no longer obligated to serve sin.

Now you need to choose to live your life like one who has been severed or freed from sin. That’s what we were told in Romans 6:11.

But this new found freedom from the bondage of sin is connected with a new servitude.  That servitude is serving God.

One might say, “Now wait a minute! You’re still in bondage! You’re still a slave!”

In a sense that’s true.  But as a servant of God I am also a servant of righteousness. And as a servant of righteousness I am free to live a life that is beneficial to God, myself and others.

I am also free from feelings of guilt.  I am also free to enjoy the love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control that come from the Holy Spirit.                        Romans 8:31-32, 36

In case you haven’t discovered it yet, there is a great feeling that accompanies the freedom that we have in Christ.  When we do what is right and honoring to God, we have a feeling of satisfaction and joy that nobody can take away from us.

When we serve like this, we will enjoy true freedom.

You can chose a life that’s severed, serving, and sprouting.

ye have your fruit unto holiness

As servants of Christ we will be sprouting fruit.  This is a fruit unto holiness.

What is holiness or sanctification? 

It is living a life that is set apart from sin and set apart to God.  It is a life that continues to grow and mature.

When we choose to live as God’s servants, we can’t help but produce fruit unto holiness.

Holiness does not mean that I am “holier than thou”.

Holiness does mean that I try to be more like my Master. Holiness does mean that I try to live the way Christ lived. Holiness does mean that I allow my Master to live His righteous life through me.

1 John 2:6 - He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

I would consider it an honor to be told that I am just like my Dad.

I would consider it to be an even great honor to be told that I am like just like my Savior.

Being like Him is the fruit that sprouts in holiness.

A life that is severed, serving, sprouting is also a life that is saved.

Romans 6:22 - But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

The ultimate result of choosing a life that’s severed, serving and sprouting is everlasting life.

You can choose:

A LIFE THAT’S FREE, FRUITLESS AND A FAILURE

A LIFE THAT’S SEVERED, SERVING, SPROUTING, AND SAVED

A LIFE THAT ENDS IN DEATH OR DELIGHT

Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God is the paymaster.

He gives wages for your efforts of sin.

Unfortunately, the wages for sin is “death”. Death is always separation from life.  Eternal death is everlasting separation from God.  Eternal death is a place called the “Lake of Fire”.  We usually refer to it as hell.

Jesus refers to it in Mark 9:48 as a place Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Nobody will be in hell because God is unfair. Everybody in hell will there because they’ve earned it.  It is where everyone deserves to go.

What about Heaven?

Heaven is not earned. Heaven is a gift from God.

God can offer this gift because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross.  He took the punishment you deserve for your sins on the cross. 2 Corinthians 5:21

This gift is offered. It only needs to be accepted by faith. Ephesians 2:8-9

When you accept this gift you look forward to the delights of Heaven. Revelation 21:3-4

DEATH OR DELIGHT - The choice is yours.

Will you trust Christ as your Savior?

You have choices to make. What will they be?

·       A LIFE THAT’S FREE, FRUITLESS AND A FAILURE – The Choice is yours!

·       A LIFE THAT’S SEVERED, SERVING, SPROUTING, AND SAVED – The Choice is yours!

·       A LIFE THAT ENDS IN DEATH OR DELIGHT – The Choice is yours!

 

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