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Lesson 7 - Overcoming Sin

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Overall Question: How does a Christian really overcome sin?

Memory Text: Romans 6:14 Common English Bible Sin will have no power over you, because you aren’t under Law but under grace.


Sunday – Where Sin Abounded

Romans 6:1 New Century Version So do you think we should continue sinning so that God will give us even more grace?

Romans 6:2-11 New International Reader’s Version 2 Not at all! As far as sin is concerned, we are dead. So how can we keep on sinning? 3 All of us were baptized into Christ Jesus. Don’t you know that we were baptized into his death? 4 By being baptized, we were buried with Christ into his death. Christ has been raised from the dead by the Father’s glory. And like Christ we also can live a new life. 5 By being baptized, we have been joined with him in a death like his. So we will certainly also be joined with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that what we used to be was nailed to the cross with him. That happened so our bodies that were ruled by sin would lose their power. So we are no longer slaves of sin. 7 That’s because those who have died have been set free from sin. 8 We died with Christ. So we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ was raised from the dead and will never die again. Death doesn’t control him anymore. 10 When he died, he died once and for all time. He did this to break the power of sin. Now that he lives, he lives in the power of God. 11 In the same way, consider yourselves to be dead as far as sin is concerned. Now you believe in Christ Jesus. So consider yourselves to be alive as far as God is concerned.


Monday – Where Sin Reigns

Romans 6:12 Good News Translation Sin must no longer rule in your mortal bodies, so that you obey the desires of your natural self.


Tuesday – Not Under the Law but Under Grace

Romans 6:14 Holman Christian Standard Bible For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under law but under grace.

Romans 6:14 Contemporary English Version Don’t let sin keep ruling your lives. You are ruled by God’s kindness and not by the Law.

Romans 6:14 COMMENTARY BY ALBERT BARNES The apostle does not affirm that Christians are not bound to obey the moral law. The whole scope of his reasoning shows that he maintains that they are. The whole structure of Christianity supposes the same thing… The apostle means to say that Christians are not under the law as legalists, or as attempting to be justified by it. They seek a different plan of justification altogether; and they do not attempt to be justified by their own obedience. The Jews did; they do not.

Romans 6:14 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY the Christian does not look for salvation legalistically, as if he could be saved by his own works of obedience. He acknowledges that he is a transgressor of the divine law, that in his own strength he is wholly incapable of fulfilling its requirements, that he justly deserves to be under its condemnation, and surrenders himself through faith in Christ to the grace and mercy of God. Then, by the grace of God, his sinful past is forgiven and he receives divine power to walk in newness of life.


Wednesday – Sin or Obedience?

Romans 6:16 Holman Christian Standard Bible Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness?

Romans 6:17 God’s Word Translation You were slaves to sin. But I thank God that you have become wholeheartedly obedient to the teachings which you were given.

1 John 1:8 – 2:1 New Century Version 8 If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make God a liar, and we do not accept God’s teaching. 2:1 My dear children, I write this letter to you so you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have a helper in the presence of the Father—Jesus Christ, the One who does what is right.


Thursday – Free From Sin

Romans 6:19-23 English Standard Version 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:20 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Free from righteousness. That is, free so far as righteousness was concerned. This does not mean that they were free from the claims of righteousness, but that they were entirely devoted to sin as were the antediluvians.

Romans 6:23 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY What the Christian receives is represented as a gift of God’s free grace. Even the service and obedience that the justified and reborn believer is able to render to God are not due to his own virtue but are the fruit of the Holy Spirit, whom God has sent to dwell in him. None of us can earn salvation. None of us deserves redemption. We are saved by grace through faith as “the gift of God”.

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