Romans 6:1-14 / Dead to Sin, Alive to God (Sermon – Notes and Audio)

Posted on September 12, 2013


This is the twenty-fourth in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of Romans. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the morning of September 8, 2013. This message deals with the the believer’s death to sin, and the life that is found in Christ. This post contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes and a study outline. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

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Romans 6:1-14

Grace cannot be exploited for evil ends!

Because of his past Pharisaic experience, Paul was able to anticipate the major objections of his critics.

He had already alluded to this criticism, that by preaching a justification based solely on the free grace of God, he was encouraging people to sin.

His answer was “certainly not!”

Because of our union with Christ we are dead to sin and are alive unto God (v. 11).

death to sin is separation from the ruling power of sin in one’s own life (v. 14).

We may be spiritually dead to sin but we still have our body, which is sinful. This provides a constant struggle.

Romans 7:14-15

Baptized into Christ Jesus.

Baptism with the Holy Spirit joins the believer to Christ, separating him from the old life and associating him with the new.

It is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

He is no longer “in Adam” but is “in Christ.”

“Baptized into His death”

This means that immersion or identification is specifically with Christ’s death and resurrection, as Paul will explain in vv.4-7

Water baptism portrays this truth.

First, baptism is only for the believer

Acts 8:36-37

If we died with Christ, why don’t we live for Him?

“united together”
This expression, which occurs only here in the New Testament, means “to grow in union” or “to plant in union.”

The word describes two plants that have been planted together and are growing together, closely entwined or even united.

The context speaks of union, our union with Christ in His death (6:4) and resurrection (6:5).

Our union with Christ in death is like being planted with Him. Like a seed, our sinful natures must die with Christ so that we might grow in Christ and bear spiritual fruit.

John 12:24

Our union with Christ is now a loving union, in which we are growing with Him “in the likeness of His resurrection.”

We should not serve sin (we are no longer slaves to it.)

Ephesians 4:22-24

And if we do sin. . .

1 John 1:9


This is akin to a slave being freed. Sin no longer has any legal right to be the master over us.

We are freed from sin so that we may serve God (6:11,22)

If we have died with Christ, then it stands to reason that we should live with Him.

In fact, that’s the whole point.

Christ didn’t save us to be dead, but to live!

John 10:10

A dead person can’t respond, can’t accomplish anything. But one who is alive can.

We are to be a LIVING sacrifice.

Romans 12:1

Christ lives! He has conquered death, which was the prescribed penalty for our sin.

Therefore, we can live in Christ, rather than die in Adam.

Since death no longer has dominion over Christ, He cannot die a second time.

“once. . .for all.”

Since Christ can only die once, we can only be saved once. You don’t lose and regain your salvation.

That exact point is made in Hebrews 6:4-6

IF a believer could lose his salvation, he could never get it back, because Christ cannot be crucified a second time.

“If” is a big word, and it highlights the hypothetical nature of the argument. The truth is, we cannot lose our salvation.

John 10:27-29

Romans 8:35

1 Peter 1:4-5

Because of this, we are forever alive in Christ!

As a consequence, we must either dethrone sin (for it is Christ who reigns) or obey sin’s evil desires.

We must not allow sin to have control of our hearts, it can only result in evil.

Luke 6:45

“Do not present your members. . . to sin. . . but present yourselves to God. . .”

God exhorts us to, once and for all, to dedicate ourselves to Him.

This is a decision which must be made daily, and it is a lifelong journey.

Such a life is not always easy, we can take joy in knowing that sin has no more dominion over us. We are under the law of grace.

God gives us the power to do good rather than evil.

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