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Bill Acton :: Romans 6:1-14 - Assurance of Salvation

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Sermon Outline for Romans 6:1-14

Assurance of Salvation

  1. Review
    1. Question: Shall we sin so that grace might abound?
    2. Answer: Absolutely not
    3. We are united with Christ in His death
    4. We are united with Christ in His resurrection
    5. We have a new life
  2. Analysis of Rom 6:5-6
    1. “Since we have united together in the likeness of His death”
      1. The union
        1. Growing together
        2. A joined growth becoming one
      2. The likeness
        1. Our physical death and resurrection are not identical with His
        2. What has happened to Him literally happens to us spiritually
          1. This does not primarily refer to our literal bodily resurrection
          2. This refers to our present Christian life while we are still here in this world
    2. The new life
      1. We are no longer in the old life under the ruling power of sin
        1. We died out of it
        2. We have risen out of it
      2. We are now under the rule of grace and the reign of grace is so powerful that sin has been defeated
      3. There is a secondary application to our future resurrection – 2Ti 2:11-12, 19
    3. The crucifixion of the “old man”
      1. It has happened in the past
        1. We should know this
        2. We were crucified with Him
        3. This is revealed knowledge
        4. This knowledge is certain
        5. It is not our trying
      2. Our “old man”
        1. The man that I used to be in Adam
          1. I was a man in Adam
          2. Now I am a man in Christ
          3. This not the eradication of our sin nature
          4. This is a positional change
          5. This crucifixion is not a process
            1. Christ died once
            2. The man that I was in Adam died with Him – Gal 2:20
            3. The man that was in Adam
              1. Born under the law
              2. Born in sin
              3. Born under condemnation
              4. That man is dead
            4. The new man
              1. In Christ
              2. No condemnation
          6. Relationship of Eph 4 “put off” and “put on”
            1. Do not go on living as if you were still that old man – he has died
            2. Be what you are – you are the new man
          7. Illustration – Don’t live like a baby when you are a man
          8. Know this
            1. Something to believe
            2. Something to receive by faith
            3. This is an action of the Holy Spirit which is non-experimental
            4. I know because God said it Rom 4:18-21
            5. I believe regardless of how I feel – Rom 8:1
            6. We do not take on experience by faith – we are taking the objective truth by faith
            7. Knowing it – believing it – being aware of it – I can now see proofs of the new life within me
    4. The result of the crucifixion of the old man in Adam
      1. In order that the body of sin might be rendered ineffective
        1. Our physical body of which sin has taken possession
        2. Sin as it dwells in us in our present embodied condition
        3. The body itself is not sinful
        4. Bodily instincts are not sinful
        5. Sin influences and affects the body
        6. Sin governs the body
          1. Bodily instincts out of proportion
          2. The body becomes our idol
        7. The body of sin – being used and tyrannized by sin
      2. In order that the body of sin might be rendered ineffective
        1. The purpose of salvation is to deliver us from the tyranny of sin – to be set completely free including our body
        2. The object of salvation is that while in this world we may approximate complete freedom
          1. The future redemption of the body – Rom 8:23
          2. The future glorification of the body – Rom 3:20-21
      3. In order that we should no longer be slaves to sin
        1. The man in Adam is a slave to sin –
          he has no freedom
        2. The man in Christ is under the rule of grace –
          he has a new Master – Christ

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