by Darrel Cline (darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)
Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 3 Study # 5 September 25, 2016 Humble, Texas (Download Audio)
(035)Thesis: The contrast that exists between the two "methods" of Life.
Introduction: Romans 6 is all about what kind of response "believers" should have in respect to the grace of God and the problem of on-going bondage to The Sin. This evening we have come to the last verse of the chapter where Paul presents the stark contrast between the impact of a life of bondage to The Sin and the impact of a life of bondage to The God.
I. The Contrast Is Between the Fruits Produced.
A. "The Sin" makes its boasts concerning "Life".
1. The only real leverage "The Sin" has is arguments regarding its ability to bring a person into a superior experience of "Life".
a. This entire paragraph is all about the processes involved in "living": hearing (doctrinal content), yielding (acceptance of that content), presenting (making the members of the physical body available to the "king"), and fruit production (taking action in this cause/effect universe).
b. Since there is no appeal for submission to "doctrine" that promises "death", "The Sin" argues that "Life" will result from its "truths".
2. The arguments of "The Sin" center upon the "wages" it promises.
a. The term "wages" is not technically "wages".
1) In the uses of the term in the New Testament the idea is invariably "provisions for one's living".
a) The usual term for a "wage" as payment for labor is misthos, as revealed by Matthew20:8 and Romans 4:4.
b) In normal settings, "wages" are the basis for the "provisions for one's living", but not in exceptional settings, one of which is that of a soldier (where the idea of opsonion is used by John the Baptizer [Luke 3:14] and Paul [1 Corinthians 9:7]).
2) "Wages" are part of those provisions, but may not even be the major part.
3) Paul opts for opsonion in this case because "The Sin" covers all aspects of one's "living".
b. What "The Sin" is claiming is that there is a complete "Life" available by allowing it to be "The King" (6:12) over the mortal body.
3. Paul's counter claim is that everything "The Sin" sponsors produces "death" unto "Death".
B. "The God" makes His claim that His grace in Christ Jesus our Lord yields Eternal Life.
1. At the root of God's promises is His "grace" in the form of "grace-gifts".
a. The "grace gifts" are clearly defined in Romans 5:15 and summarized in 12:6.
1) In 5:15 there are two specific issues: grace and a gift by grace that equals a "grace-gift".
2) In 12:6, on the heels of a caution regarding how we think of ourselves and others, Paul simply attributes the differences between us to "grace given".
b. The outcomes of "grace-gifts" are called "fruit" (6:22) and play into the process at the level of "what is produced out of the body" in a cause/effect world.
2. The essence of the promise is "Eternal Life" as a quality of experience measured by the internal issues of peace and joy, not by the external issues of situations.
a. There is often no difference in external situations created by "The Sin" or by "Faith".
b. The real difference is within.
3. This claim has its focus in "Christ" "Jesus" "our Lord".