Romans 6:1-2 God Forbid

Romans 6:1-2 (KJV)
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?

God forbid.
The expression gives us the strongest impression. “No! By no means should a Christian continue in sin.”  Though, because of grace, we may believe we can continue to live in sin, we, that are dead to sin, must not “live any longer therein.”

Romans chapter six gives us a number of reasons why we must not. 
Because of our identity with Christ
Through the act of baptism, we have voluntarily, freely entered into identification with His death, burial, and resurrection. To continue in sin is to smear the person of Jesus Christ, with whom we have identified.

We have already experienced a resurrection
We have died to sin and are therefore to live unto God. It’s a simple Bible truth. Therefore, we are to reckon ourselves dead indeed unto sin and alive unto God through Jesus Christ.

We are servants to the one we yield
If we yield to sin, we are servants of that sin. If we, on the other hand, yield to and obey God we are servants of righteousness.

There is a price for sin
The wages of sin is death. We typically think of that as eternal death, not being saved. There are other forms of death that the believer can experience. Someone said, “Sin always takes you farther than you want to go, keeps you longer than you want to stay and costs you more than you want to pay.”

Romans 6:15 (KJV)
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

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Romans 6:1-2 God Forbid

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Romans 5:1 Therefore We…

Romans 5:1 (KJV)
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Therefore, in this case, the word goes back to, 

Romans 4:23-24 (KJV)
Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

Having demonstrated that Abraham was justified by faith in God’s promise that God would give him a son (and through that son, a Saviour) the next word is that this was not written for Abraham alone but for all of us who believe on the God who raised Jesus from the dead. 

  • Therefore we also are justified by faith and
  • Therefore we also have peace with God through Jesus Christ. 

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Romans 4:3 What saith the Scripture?

Romans 4:3 (KJV)
For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

The answer to every question ought to begin with this, “What saith the Scripture?”

I notice that the answer to this question can be twisted by personal preference and background. 

  • The Jew will be given to interpreting the Scriptures in a way that promotes his preexisting ideas. 
  • The Gentiles will be likewise given. 

Paul addressed this difficulty by a thorough examination of the subject. He refused to see only one passage but considered the subject as it developed in the Word of God. 

We ought to give every subject the same thorough treatment. 

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Acts 26:20 They Should…

Acts 26:20 (KJV)
But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

Whether Paul’s ministry had him with the Jews or the Gentiles he preached the same message:

  • They should repent
  • They should turn to God and
  • They should do works meet for repentance 

I believe these are in the correct order. 

Repent
An acknowledgment, confession of the condition of the fallen man

Turn to God 
In faith placing faith in Him and trusting Him alone to repair the breach caused by sin.

Works meet for repentance
Repentance acknowledges the condition. These works come after and demonstrate the change that God has made in us. 

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Acts 24:13 They Can’t Prove It

Acts 24:13 (KJV)
Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.

This passage seems to me to be a pretty fair reflection of what is currently happening in the impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Those things that really bother his enemies could never be sufficient cause for impeachment so they make accusations that they cannot prove. 

More to the point is what this passage teaches the modern believer. Those who hate Jesus will hate Christians. They think it strange that we believe the things we do. They think it strange that we will not walk with them in their practice of sin. So, they accuse us. 

  • We should not be concerned with those accusations they cannot prove
  • We should take care not to give them accusations they can prove and
  • We should boldly confess those things that are the true source of their agitation

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Acts 20:19 How We Serve the Lord

Acts 20:19 (KJV)
Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

Paul did not mention that he served the Lord with banquets or programs or festivities or joking or parties or laughing. He served the Lord:

  • With all humility of mind
  • With many tears and
  • With temptations 

Paul was targeted specifically by the Jews, but he had experienced plenty of troubles from others too. 

Paul instructed the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord and we ought to take that to heart ourselves. But rejoicing in the Lord is not the same as light-heartedness and flippancy. 

We serve the Lord in humility 
Not with arrogance and pride.

We serve the Lord with tears 
Not with shallowness and jocularity.

We serve the Lord with temptations 
Not with comfort and ease. 

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Acts 19:37 If They Are Threatened

Acts 19:37 (KJV)
For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.

Barnes Notes writes,
“They had not used harsh or reproachful language of Diana. This had not been charged on them, nor is there the least evidence that they had done it. They had opposed idolatry; had reasoned against it; and had endeavored to turn the people from it. But there is not the least evidence that they had ever done it in harsh or reproachful language. This shows that people should employ reason, and not harsh or reproachful language against a pervading evil; and that the way to remove it is to enlighten the minds of people, and to convince them of the error of their ways.” 

Here is a lesson for the modern believer when dealing with those of different beliefs; we must not attempt to destroy them, or ridicule and attack them. The weapons of our warfare ought to be reasonable, gracious, and kind while, at the same time, bold concerning the truths of Jesus Christ. 

If they are threatened, let it be through the power of our Saviour and not the demeanor of our persons.

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Acts 17:26 One Body, One Blood

Acts 17:26 (KJV)
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

God made all nations of men from one stock. Whether they are Asian, African, Latino or European matters not. We all come from the same blood. 

God has then, from all these nations, made one new man, Ephesians 2:15 (KJV) 
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 

So that now, Colossians 3:11(KJV)
Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 

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Acts 15:11 We Believe

Acts 15:11 (KJV)
But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

The “we” being Jewish converts to Christ and the “they” being Gentile converts to Christ, “we” and “they” are saved the same way, “through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Certainly, there are standards of righteous living. There are Christlike things to add to our walk and there are fleshly things to mortify and remove from our walk. Once we are saved, we are no longer Jews or Gentiles; we are Christians and are to be joined to a local church, which is the body of Christ. But salvation is all of grace. It is the work of Jesus Christ. 

Peter said “we believe…we shall be saved, even as they.” It’s more than a doctrinal consent but a matter of faith and of the heart. This thing is not just what we say, it is what we believe and that upon which we act. 

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Acts 14:21-22 All A Believer Needs

Acts 14:21-22 (KJV)
And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,
Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Albert Barnes writes concerning this passage, “The expression “to confirm” has in some churches a technical signification, denoting “to admit to the full privileges of a Christian by the imposition of hands” (Johnson). It is scarcely necessary to say that the word here refers to no such rite.” 

I am reminded that we people tend to impose into Christianity what we think, what is tradition and not always what is biblical. Ever since I began the ministry, I have been almost pressured to have discipleship classes. This, on top of the regular services of church. I see no such discipleship in the Bible and tend to think they are an effort to educate interested but unsaved people into behaving as if they were saved. Seems to me that the saved would join themselves to a church and attend services faithfully enough to get their discipleship right there. 

I see, n this passage, a threefold plan for the growth of the believer. 

Confirming the souls
Strengthening them. Giving them messages meant to develop their faith and organize the church.

Exhorting them
Drawing them near. Urging them on in their walk with the Lord.

Ordaining elders
Selecting out of them a pastor to help them in their spiritual confirmation and exhortation 

That’s all the believer needs. A church, a message from God and a preacher to deliver it. 

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