Main point summary
Christians are to offer their bodies to God and not to sin because they have been made alive and sin has no dominion over them.
So, do not let sin have control over your worldly body
Let not g sin therefore reign in your mortal body,
Resulting to you obeying it's desires
to make you obey its passions.
Do not offer your body parts to sin
h Do not present your members to sin
To do evil works that are against God.
as instruments for unrighteousness,
but rather, offer yourselves to God
but i present yourselves to God
As those who have been dead now made alive.
as those who have been brought from death to life,
And use your body parts for God's cause
and your members to God
Resulting in righteousness
as instruments for righteousness.
Because sin will not have control over you
For j sin k will have no dominion over you,
because you are no longer under law but under grace
since you are not under law but under grace.
Do not offer your bodies to sin, to be used for unrighteousness but rather offer it to GOD, because we have been made alive to be used for righteousness.
Sin has no more hold on the believer because He is not under the burden of the law but under grace.
"You've got to be, before you can do" In the Christian life, we have to understand who we are before we can begin to understand what we should do. Paul's conclusion: Paul understands the importance for a Christian his identity before his duty. Who we are: - Baptized into Christ (united with Christ) - Dead to sin - Made alive together with Christ - Slaves to God Having reminded them who they are, he begins the implications. (Therefore) - Paul had a logical mind, he understood that learning must lead to living, that theology must lead to doxology. 2 errors: - Some people hate theology and focus on living - Some focus on theology and forget about living. Paul, having given us the doctrine, he instructs us on living. Because we have died to sin, Because we are united with Christ, Because we are raised to new life THEREFORE Let us not sin reign in our mortal bodies. > Affinity to Sin Though we have been freed from the power of sin we are not yet delivered from the presence of sin- We still have fallen flesh that are tempted and drawn to evil. It is like a tyrant, If you let it reign it will make you obey (12a) If you offer your body, It will be used for evil (12b) Before coming to Christ, this tyrant is our only master, we were helpless and hopeless. When sin called we answered. But now we have a new master! Paul's correction: (13c) BUT rather, Present yourselves to God, Just like those who have been saved from death and given life. And you members to God, to be used as righteousness. Paul reminds the roman christians once again to be what they are. (Adopted child) You have a new master, unlike the old master that will lead you to unrighteousness and ultimately death and eternal damnation. This master will lead you to righteousness, as a result of having been made alive. He purchased us by His precious blood, He called us His friends. He is not a master that will Lord it over us but one who is gentle and lowly. You are serving one or the other. Who are you serving? Paul's confidence: Paul makes such bold commands? Because it is grounded on doctrine. Because of Christ we are no longer under the dominion of sin we are no longer slaves to sin we are no longer in bondage Sin has no dominion over us because we are not under the weight of the law, the law that only shows us our sinfulness but can never affect our salvation. We are under grace, Christ has purchased for us our Salvation, It is finished we are free! So live like it! You are alive, live like it. But as I ran my hell-bound race Indifferent to the cost You looked upon my helpless state And led me to the cross And I beheld God’s love displayed You suffered in my place You bore the wrath reserved for me Now all I know is grace All I have is Christ, SGM