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United With Christ
Rom. 6:1-14

1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. NKJV

Introduction
One who is United With Christ will, have New Directives, and a New Life, caused through their New Master; who gives a New Lifestyle. The Bible does say all things become new. What a joy to know Christ provides this kind of relationship.


1. United with Christ Through . . New Directives. 6:1-3

A. New Directives of . . Abounding Grace. 6:1
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

Illustration The new directive Christ gives includes abounding in grace.
Donald Grey Barnhouse expressed it something like this, "my experience with grace has not been falling from grace but falling into more grace as I try to live for Christ."

We certain do not want to abuse the grace of God by Deliberately sinning, but when we sin His grace does abound.

B. New Directives of . . Absolutes. 6:2
2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

Illustration From Ronnie Dunn
Man Left Water on in Bath Tub Got Home and Tried to Mop up the Water. He Did Not Turn off the Faucet.

Got a Different Mop Etc.  Finally Turned off the Faucet and Began to Have Success.


God Destroys the Factory that produces Sin. Product No Longer Produced

God Did Not Fix the Old Nature. He Gave a New One.

God Does Not Want Us Reformed He Wants Us Dead

God Did Not Pour New into an Old Product.

C. New Directives of . . Awareness. 6:3
3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

Some say no absolute exist, but they do not know what Christ provides, and we have a new directive of absolutes through Christ.

Now all of the above makes the new directive of awareness.

We must not be unaware of the blessing given to us in Christ.

Too few Christians really understand all Christ gives as they become United With Christ.


2. United with Christ Through A . . New Life. 6:4-7

A. New Life . . Symbolized in Baptism. 6:4
4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

B. New Life . . Substantiated in the Resurrection. 6:5
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,

C. New Life . . Secured in the Crucifixion. 6:6-7
6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. Our new life in Christ in symbolized, substantiated, and secured.

It is symbolized in the act of Baptism.

Some Denominations make light of baptism, Some Make Too Much Of Baptism.

The immersion of a believer symbolizes the new life in Christ.

We symbolize the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.

It also symbolizes our death to the old live and the new live Christ gives. New life receives its substantiation through the resurrection of Christ, and it is further secured through the death of Christ, and our consequent crucifying of the old life.


3. United with Christ Through A . . New Master. 6:8-11

A. The . . Provision of Our New Master. 6:8
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,

B. The . . Prevailing of Our New Master. 6:9
9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.

C. The . . Partnership with Our New Master. 6:10-11
10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

In our New Master we have provisions, prevailing, and partnership.

We are provided this new life only through our new master.

Through Him we can prevail over Satan and death, and in this relationship we enjoy a type of partnership with Christ.

Death, Sin, and Satan do not rule over JESUS or anyone United With Christ, and received HIM As Their New Master.


4. United with Christ Through A . . New Lifestyle. 6:12-14

A. The . . Reigning in Our New Lifestyle. 6:12-13 a
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

DO NOT CONSTANTLY PRESENT Your Body To Sin. V 13a
And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin,. . ."

ONCE FOR ALL YIELD YOURSELF v13b
". . . and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

Romans 6:12
We can take the following steps:

(1) Identify our personal weaknesses,
(2) recognize the things that tempt us,
(3) stay away from sources of temptation,
(4) practice self-restraint,
(5) consciously invest our time in good habits
(6) lean on God's strength and grace.
(from Life Application Study Bible Copyright Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.)

Illustration
Weather Forcast For Christians: Reign Everyday

B. The . . Righteousness in Our New Lifestyle. 6:13b-14
". . . as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Of course our relationship with Christ produces a new lifestyle.

The reigning of this lifestyle does not submit to sin and Satan.

We reign with Christ's control. The righteousness this lifestyle makes causes our life to be a weapon for righteousness.

All of this portrays the truth that we are products of His grace. Amen? Amen!

United With Christ

Through . . New Directives. 6:1-3

Through A . . New Life. 6:4-7

Through A . . New Master. 6:8-11

Through A . . New Lifestyle. 6:12-14