Participants: Terry Shelton
Series Code: FC
Program Code: FC000331
00:31 Hello and welcome to another edition of Faith Chapel.
00:33 My name is Terry Shelton.
00:35 I'll be your host today. I like to bring you a
00:38 message entitled free at last. And we are going to
00:41 look at the book of Romans chapter 6 today
00:43 and before as I like to do, before we begin
00:47 I like to just invite God to be with us in a moment
00:50 of prayer. Heavenly Father, we just thank you
00:52 that you have given us life today.
00:54 Thank you that you've given us your word
00:56 and I pray just now Lord that as we open your
01:00 word, that you'd open our minds and our hearts,
01:02 you'd help us to receive your word and
01:05 may your word penetrate our hearts and change
01:07 us into your image, we pray in Jesus name,
01:10 Amen. All of heaven was in an uproar;
01:16 something was going on, on planet earth.
01:18 Something that would forever change
01:21 the history of planet earth, something called sin
01:26 had occurred on planet earth. And the sin runs
01:29 rapid even today. But, you know Jesus came
01:33 to redeem us from sin and from the curse of sin.
01:38 And today I'd like to look at some writings
01:41 from the Apostle Paul, Romans chapter 6
01:44 and Paul here wants to address God's people
01:49 and he wants to help us to understand
01:52 that sin doesn't have to reign over us.
01:55 Please look at Romans chapter 6,
01:57 and we are going to just touch on a couple of
02:00 verses and then we'll pause. Beginning with
02:03 verse number 1 of Romans 6. What shall we say
02:08 then? Shall we continue in sin that grace
02:12 may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who
02:17 died to sin live any longer in it? Paul says,
02:22 certainly not, the original King James says
02:25 God forbid, God forbid that we should,
02:29 we should continue to live in sin when we have
02:32 died to it. It's interesting that the living
02:37 Bible actually says, shall we continue to sin when
02:40 we don't have to? I like that wording.
02:43 I wanna, I wanna present to you a little
02:46 scenario here, tell me what you think about this
02:49 or just think about this. Let's say that you
02:52 lived in a certain town and you say you had a
02:56 favorite store that you went to. And when you
02:59 left your home you would get in your vehicle and you
03:01 would drive a certain path to get to your destination,
03:06 to get to this favorite store that you
03:07 wanted to get to. And unless you had
03:10 some duties in other parts of the town chances are
03:12 you would get in the car and you would drive
03:14 the same path every time to take you to the
03:17 destination. Now let's contrast and let's say that
03:22 now you moved to a different city. But, you
03:25 still have that same favorite store, would you
03:28 continue to drive the same path to your favorite
03:32 store? Well, you'll say well of course not,
03:35 well why not. Because you are not
03:37 living in that old city anymore. You're living in
03:39 this new city and in order to get to the store
03:41 you are going to have to drive a different path.
03:45 So, my question to you is can you continue to
03:48 behave as though you lived in that
03:51 old town. The answer is no, why?
03:53 Because you're not in that old town now.
03:55 You don't behave the same way;
03:57 you don't do things the same way.
03:59 How can you live in a town that you moved
04:02 away from? How can you, how can you
04:04 behave like you live in a certain town
04:06 when you don't, you live there, you live in
04:09 a different place. Paul is saying how can we
04:11 continue in sin when you've died to sin.
04:14 When you have supposed to have cast off sin,
04:17 that's what Paul is asking here today.
04:20 Let's continue in verse number 3 of Romans 6.
04:23 Or do you not know that as many of us
04:27 as we're baptized into Christ Jesus,
04:30 we are baptized into His death?
04:33 Therefore we were buried with Him through
04:36 baptism unto death, that just as
04:39 Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of
04:42 the Father, even so we also should walk
04:45 in newness of life. You see Paul here is
04:50 talking about what I believe is baptism.
04:53 Have you been baptized? Have you gone
04:57 into the waters and had that newness of life.
05:01 Come up out of the water in the newness
05:03 of life. See our baptism parallels Christ,
05:08 Christ's death and burial and resurrection.
05:11 And that's what Paul is talking about here;
05:13 he says if you've been baptized then you should
05:16 walk in newness of life. Continuing on
05:19 in verse, verse number 5. For if we have
05:25 been united together in the likeness of His death,
05:27 certainly we also shall be in the likeness
05:31 of His resurrection, knowing this, that our
05:36 old man was crucified with Him,
05:38 that the body of sin might be done away with,
05:41 that we should no longer be slaves to sin.
05:44 You see the death and the resurrection go
05:47 hand in hand. You can't have one without the other;
05:51 death without resurrection serves no purpose.
05:53 And we can't have the resurrection without
05:56 that death, that death to sin
05:58 that Paul is talking about.
06:02 In verse, in verse 6 he talks about
06:05 that old man, that old man, have you buried
06:10 that old man? Now of course we know that
06:13 when we are going to the waters of baptism it's, it's,
06:16 it's a conversion process, it's something that,
06:19 that transforms us spiritually. And, and the
06:23 scriptures do recommend that we go
06:25 into waters of baptism. But, you know,
06:27 there needs to be a process that we go
06:29 through everyday. We should die to sin
06:32 everyday and let Christ live within us.
06:36 And in verse 6 he talks about, he talks about
06:39 being slaves of sin. You see before
06:43 this death to sin, you and I were slaves
06:46 to sin. We don't like to think about that word.
06:49 Slavery has, has such negative connotation,
06:52 we hate to use the word slavery. But, friends that's
06:54 what it is and there are millions of people who are
06:57 enslaved to sin today. Jesus came
07:02 to release us from that slavery. In verse 7
07:07 Paul says, For he who has died has been freed
07:11 from sin. Have you been freed from sin,
07:17 have you been freed from sin today, yesterday,
07:20 will you be free from sin tomorrow. You say, well
07:23 brother how can that be, there is sin all around me,
07:25 there is sin everywhere I go there is sin.
07:27 That's true, there is friend. But, we need
07:30 not be touched by the sin of this world.
07:33 God promises us the power to live above sin.
07:38 By trusting in the merits of Christ, by hiding
07:43 our life within him, he longs to give us
07:47 deliverance from sin. Continuing on in verse 8, it
07:53 says, now if we died with Christ, we believe
07:56 that we shall also live with Him,
07:59 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the
08:02 dead, dies no more. Death no longer has
08:06 dominion over Him. For the death that He died,
08:10 He died to sin once for all;
08:13 but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
08:16 Likewise you also reckon yourselves to be
08:19 dead indeed to sin, but alive to God
08:22 in Christ Jesus our Lord. See Paul is saying
08:27 that the, the death that Jesus experienced,
08:29 it only occurred once, aren't you thankful for
08:32 that? Aren't you thankful that the death, burial, and
08:34 resurrection of Jesus Christ, the shedding
08:36 of his blood needed only be done once.
08:39 It coves the entire sin of the world
08:41 when they come to him, when we believe
08:44 and accept him, and accept the gift
08:47 that he gives us. So continuing on in verse
08:50 12 it says, therefore do not let sin reign in
08:54 your mortal body, that you should obey
09:01 it in its lust. And do not present
09:02 your members as instruments of
09:03 unrighteousness to sin, but present
09:04 yourselves to God as being alive from the dead,
09:07 and your members as instruments of
09:10 righteousness to God. For sin shall not
09:14 have dominion over you, for you are not
09:17 under the law but under grace. See Paul
09:20 here is saying, but there is really no
09:22 excuse for sin, there is no excuse for
09:25 sin as we read these contexts, he talks
09:28 about our members, do not present
09:30 your members of unrighteousness,
09:32 donot present your members as
09:35 instruments of unrighteousness.
09:37 What do you think Paul is talking about there.
09:39 I kind of thought about when I read this
09:41 passage of scripture, I kind of thought about
09:43 all the distractions that goes on around us that
09:46 leads us into sin. Things that we see
09:49 with our eyes, things that we hear with our ears,
09:52 things that we taste and we can touch.
09:55 Things that lead to sin, these Paul is
10:00 saying, don't use your members for
10:02 unrighteousness. Use your members for
10:05 righteousness, which leads to God.
10:08 And then this very interesting scripture
10:13 verse 14 it says, for you are not under law
10:15 but under grace. You know this; this passage
10:20 of scripture is very much misunderstood,
10:22 misunderstood in the Christian world today.
10:25 There are many who teach that the law,
10:29 that has nothing to do with our salvation now,
10:31 we're just under grace, we're under grace
10:32 and that's it. I would like to read for you
10:35 a paragraph taken from an article called
10:38 Review and Herald and it's dated March 8, 1881,
10:41 and it says this, It is the sophistry of Satan
10:45 that death of Christ brought in grace to take the
10:50 place of the law. Whose idea is this?
10:52 It is Satan's idea. The death of Jesus
10:55 did not change, or annul, or lessen in the
10:58 slightest degree, the law of Ten Commandments.
11:00 That precious grace offered to men through its
11:03 savior's blood establishes the law of God.
11:06 Since the fall of man, God's moral government
11:10 and his grace are what? Are inseparable.
11:13 They go hand in hand through all dispensations.
11:17 "Mercy and truth are met together;
11:20 righteousness and peace have kissed each other."
11:24 You see, you see, it's the devil who wants you to
11:27 think that grace now is all that you need
11:29 and the law is not binding anymore,
11:32 it's the devil who thinks, who wants to
11:34 tell you that you need not worry about the
11:36 law of God. Just claim his grace,
11:38 just claim his grace. Friend, that's the idea
11:41 of Satan. What is grace? What is grace today?
11:47 If you ask many Christian people, let's say what is
11:52 grace, many people will answer that grace is the
11:55 unmerited favor of God. It's a very popular
11:58 definition for this, for this word.
12:02 I'd like to read for you another quote
12:04 something also from the Review and Herald dated
12:06 September 15, 1896. This is so wonderful,
12:10 listen to this, By disobeying
12:12 the commands of God, men fell under the
12:16 condemnation of His law. This fall
12:19 called for the grace of God to appear
12:21 in behalf of sinners. We should never have
12:24 learned the meaning of this word "grace" had
12:27 we not fallen. God loves the sinless angels, who
12:32 do His service, and are obedient to all
12:35 His commands; but He does not give ú
12:38 These heavenly beings know naught of grace;
12:42 they have never needed it; for they have never sinned.
12:45 Grace is an attribute of God shown to undeserving
12:48 human beings. We did not seek after it,
12:51 but it was sent in search of us.
12:54 God rejoices to bestow this grace upon every
12:56 one who hungers for it. To every one
13:00 He presents terms of mercy, not
13:02 because we are worthy, but because we are
13:04 so utterly unworthy. Our need, get this
13:09 friend, our need is the qualification which
13:13 says, which gives us the assurance
13:16 that we shall receive this gift.
13:19 You see what it says here friend that we
13:21 were not originally designed to experience
13:23 grace, had we not sinned, we would not
13:26 have experienced it. But, grace, that
13:29 unmerited favor of God has been extended
13:32 to you and to I. Lets get back to our study.
13:35 Romans chapter 6 and now let's go to
13:39 verse 15, what then? Shall we sin
13:43 because we are not under law but under grace?
13:45 Certainly not! Certainly not!
13:49 Do you not know that to whom
13:52 you present yourselves slaves to obey,
13:54 you are that one's slaves whom you
13:56 obey, whether of sin leading to death,
13:58 or of obedience leading to righteousness.
14:02 Paul here saying, okay so you have
14:04 so have grace, you have grace, that doesn't
14:07 give you license to continue to commit sin.
14:09 That doesn't give you license to just take
14:12 advantage of God's mercy and sin
14:14 anyway, Paul is saying no, he is saying
14:18 should we, should we depend on God's
14:20 grace to the extent that we willfully commit
14:24 sin, knowing that God will be merciful?
14:26 Of course not, it's what Paul is saying.
14:30 And in verse 16, here's an interesting,
14:33 interesting point is that everyone is a
14:36 slave to something. Are you a slave
14:38 to something today? You see
14:41 he says either we're slaves of sin
14:44 leading to death or slaves of obedience
14:47 leading to righteousness? I would submit to you today,
14:50 there is nothing wrong with saying that you
14:52 are a slave of the Lord Jesus Christ.
14:55 There's nothing wrong with that because that
14:57 means we are obedient to his will, obedient.
15:02 In verse 17 it says, But God be thanked that
15:05 though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from
15:10 the heart, that form of doctrine to which you
15:13 were delivered. And having been set free
15:17 from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
15:21 Or might call it servants, servitude of righteousness.
15:25 Paul is saying that, that everyone, we are all in
15:28 bound to something, we are all in servitude to
15:30 something. We be in servitude to sin
15:33 or to righteousness. Let's keep on to verse 20.
15:36 Verse 20 Paul says, For when you were slaves of
15:38 sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
15:42 What fruit did you have then in the things of
15:44 which you are now ashamed?
15:45 For the end of those things is death.
15:48 See Paul says he is saying here that, that when you
15:51 were in sin you couldn't care less about things of
15:53 righteousness, you couldn't care less about
15:55 things of God. And so you were free from those
15:58 things, had nothing to do with them or while you
16:01 were in that time he is saying what kind of fruit
16:04 did you have in your life? And now that you are
16:07 walking with Christ, now we look back on those
16:10 things of our own life and we're ashamed of them.
16:14 We're ashamed of those things because
16:16 they led to death. But, in verse 22 he says,
16:20 but now, Paul uses that a lot you know.
16:23 But now having been set free from sin, and having
16:28 become slaves of God, you have your fruit to
16:32 holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
16:36 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God
16:40 is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.
16:44 See Paul here is saying that now the fruit of your
16:47 life is going to lead to holiness and to
16:51 everlasting life, once you become a servant of the
16:54 Lord Jesus Christ and of course we all know that
16:57 passage of scripture Romans 6:23, I like the
17:01 fact, it just say, the wages of sin is death, he goes
17:05 ahead and he says but the gift of God, the gift of
17:08 God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.
17:12 So, now lets say that you have reached that point,
17:15 that you've reached that point of that you have no
17:17 longer, you're no longer being a slave to sin and
17:21 that you're living a righteous life with Christ,
17:24 letting him live out his life in you, what about
17:27 that past, what about the old things, what's
17:31 happened to all the old things of our life.
17:33 Let's look at the Second Corinthians
17:35 chapter 5 and verse 17. Therefore, if anyone is in
17:42 Christ, he is a new creation or a new
17:46 creature; old things have passed away; behold,
17:49 all things have become new. Now, all things are
17:54 of God, now all things are of God, who has
17:57 reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ,
18:00 and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
18:05 that is, that Christ, that God was in Christ
18:08 reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing
18:10 their trespasses to them, and has committed to us
18:14 the word of reconciliation. You see when we, when
18:18 we make that step with Christ, when we begin to
18:21 follow him we are created new creatures.
18:26 And the old sins are not counted
18:28 against us any longer. If that is the case friend,
18:32 if the old sins are not counted against you any
18:34 longer then I would say don't let anybody else
18:38 bring up your past life, don't let anybody tell you
18:41 about what a bad person you were and of all the
18:43 bad things that you did. Friend, you can claim to
18:46 the promise that you are a new creature in Christ.
18:51 Can you be old and new at the same time, no
18:53 of course not? You can't be old and new, you can't
18:56 be dead and alive at the same time.
18:59 Someone comes to you and says, you sure were a
19:01 bad person, you tell them I'm a new creature in
19:04 Christ and the old the things are passed away.
19:07 We read in the book of Micah chapter 7 and verse 19.
19:13 Micah chapter 7 and verse 19; He will again
19:16 have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities.
19:20 You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
19:25 Friend someone once said, someone once said
19:28 that God has thrown my sins to the depths of the
19:30 sea and put up a no fishing sign.
19:33 Don't go get him and don't let anybody else go
19:35 and get those sins, those, those, those past mistakes
19:39 that you, that you've made. Let's look at Psalm
19:41 chapter 103. Psalm chapter 103 in verse 12,
19:48 it says this As far as the east is from the west,
19:54 So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
20:00 Why do you suppose that words are written here
20:03 East and West? Let me ask you a question, if you
20:06 get in an airplane and you begin to fly north,
20:09 how far can you fly north? I'm gonna assume
20:13 that, that someone is answering me out there.
20:17 How far can you fly north until you reach the North
20:19 Pole? That's the answer. Now what happens if you
20:21 keep going, are you flying north anymore.
20:23 No, you're now flying south, or say you
20:26 continue to south, how far can you fly south?
20:30 You can only fly south as long as you reach the
20:33 South Pole then you begin to fly north again.
20:36 But, lets have, lets turn around and let's say that
20:38 begin, that you get in your airplane and you fly east.
20:42 Is there ever a time that you are not flying east?
20:44 No, that's how far the God has removed your
20:49 transgressions. As far is the east from the west,
20:52 that is a never ending line, there is never a point
20:55 when they come, when they meet each other.
21:01 It says in the book of Hebrews
21:02 chapter 8 and verse 12. For I will be merciful to
21:10 their unrighteousness, and their sins and their
21:13 lawless deeds I will remember no more.
21:17 Why? Because God's forgetful?
21:19 No because he chooses not to remember them.
21:22 Also in Hebrews 10:16 and 17 it says this,
21:26 "This is the covenant that I will make with them
21:28 after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws
21:31 into their hearts, and in their minds I will write
21:34 them," then He adds, "Their sins and their
21:38 lawless deeds I will remember no more."
21:42 If God chooses not to remember your past
21:46 mistakes anymore then friend you and I should
21:50 put them away from us as well.
21:53 We read in John chapter 8 verse 31.
21:57 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him,
21:59 "If you abide in My word, you are my disciples indeed.
22:02 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall
22:05 make you free." They answered Him,
22:08 "We are Abraham's descendants, and have
22:10 never been in bondage to anyone.
22:11 How can you say, You will be made free?" Jesus
22:14 answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you,
22:17 whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave
22:21 does not abide in the house forever, but a son
22:24 abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free,
22:27 you shall be free indeed. Friend, if you are abiding
22:32 in Christ then you can be free from sin, you can be
22:35 free from the curse of sin. In closing I would like to
22:40 look at one story in the book of Mark chapter 5
22:43 that just impresses me so much. Everyone has read
22:47 this story, we all know the story by heart probably.
22:49 Mark chapter 5 beginning at verse number 1.
22:54 Then they came to the other side of the sea,
22:56 to the country of the Gadarenes.
22:58 And when He had come out of the boat,
23:00 immediately there met Him out of the tombs
23:02 a man with an unclean spirit, who had his
23:05 dwelling among the tombs; and no one could
23:07 bind him, not even with chains, because he had
23:10 often been bound with shackles and chains.
23:12 And the chains had been pulled apart by him,
23:16 and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could
23:19 anyone tame him. And always, night and day,
23:25 he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying
23:27 out and cutting himself with stones.
23:32 I'd like to bring to you this point that this man
23:37 had superhuman strength. There was something
23:40 supernatural going on here because this man,
23:43 an ordinary man wouldn't be able to break these
23:45 chains and be wild like this all the time.
23:50 There was supernatural strength and
23:52 he was delirious. Continuing on,
23:57 When he saw Jesus from afar, he
23:59 ran and worshiped Him. And he cried out with a
24:02 loud voice and said, "What have I to do with
24:04 You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
24:08 I implore You by God that You do not torment me.
24:11 " For He said to him, "Come out of the man,
24:13 unclean spirit!" Interesting point this
24:17 demon knew who Jesus was, it's ironic that the
24:22 people around there did not. It took the word of a
24:24 demon to point out the very son of God Jesus Christ.
24:31 So, what happened, reading on verse 9.
24:34 Then He asked him, "What is your name?"
24:37 And he answered, saying, "My name is Legion; for
24:39 we are many." Also he begged Him earnestly
24:43 that He would not send him out of the country.
24:47 Point number 3, the demon are at the mercy of Christ.
24:52 And so is every spirit that tries to
24:54 influence you and I today. Continuing on, now a
25:00 large herd of swine was feeding there near the
25:02 mountains. So all the demons begged Him,
25:06 saying, "Send us into the swine, that
25:08 we may enter them." And at once Jesus gave
25:11 them permission. Then the unclean spirits went
25:14 out and entered the swine, (there were about two
25:17 thousand); and the herd ran violently down the
25:21 steep place into the sea, and drowned into the sea.
25:27 The pigs ran down the mountain and they were
25:31 swallowed up by the sea. Ellen White points out
25:35 that the people in that time they were more
25:37 interested in their pigs than they were the
25:39 deliverance of this one who had been delivered
25:41 from these evil demons. We're continuing on,
25:48 verse 14, so those who fed the swine fled, and
25:53 they told it in the city and in the country.
25:56 And they went out to see what it was
25:58 that had happened. When they came to Jesus,
25:59 they saw the one who had been demon-possessed
26:02 and had the legion sitting and clothed
26:03 and in his right mind. And they were afraid.
26:06 And those who saw it told them how it happened to
26:09 him who had been demon-possessed,
26:11 and about the swine. Then they began to plead
26:14 with Him to depart from their region.
26:18 You see these people were more upset, these
26:20 people more upset losing their pigs then they were
26:22 to see, then they were happy to see this one
26:25 delivered from these demons. And in closing
26:28 we see it says in verse 18, And when He got into the
26:31 boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged
26:34 Him that he might be with Him. However,
26:36 Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go
26:38 home to your friends, and tell them what great
26:41 things the Lord has done for you, and how He has
26:43 had compassion on you." You see this man was to
26:47 be a witness to what had God had done in this life.
26:51 And I found this so interesting that Jesus gave
26:53 no reminders of what this man had used to be, Jesus
26:56 didn't say you know you used to be a wreck, you
26:59 used to be a mess, you really made some
27:00 mistakes, you have done some bad things, look at you.
27:04 No, Jesus said, go and tell what God has done for you.
27:09 Friend, there is a great lesson for us today.
27:12 Don't look back in the past and don't let others
27:15 drag you back into the past, don't let others try
27:19 and tell you that you are not a
27:21 new creature in Christ. If you have been born
27:24 again, if you have been baptize, if you have given
27:27 your heart to Christ, you have been born again and
27:30 you are new creature in Christ.
27:33 Scripture says there is therefore now no
27:35 condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.
27:40 What did, what did, what did Jesus say to that
27:42 women who was brought to him in adultery, neither
27:45 do I condemn you, go and sin no more.
27:49 Friend, you can have that assurance, I can have that
27:51 assurance that we can be free from sin today.