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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 6

Romans 6:1-7 (7)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 1 Study # 7
August 29, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:The union of the believer to Christ is absolutely crucial.

Introduction:If we take a look at the overall paragraph of Romans 6:1-14, we will notice that the issue is the question of how we are to live in freedom from the bondage to sin. This is the opening question and the final conclusion. Now, in light of that issue, it is interesting to note that the primary thesis of the paragraph is that we have died to sin. There are 19 references in these 14 verses to death. The verb "to be dead" is used five times. The word "death" is used seven times. The word "crucified" is used once. The word "the dead" is used four times. The word "mortal" is used once, and the word "buried" is used once. However, being dead isn't the most significant truth; it is simply the most important beginning place. The most significant truth is that we have been resurrected to "newness of life". But, since one cannot get to resurrection without death, we have to start at the starting point.

As we continue to look at the overall paragraph, we notice that the primary thesis is followed by a question about what the readers might not know and two statements about what they are supposed to know. Also, it is interesting to note that Paul's actual application of the knowledge is found in verses 11-13, where he calls upon his readers to begin to reckon as God does.

This evening we are going to plow over some old ground as we look into verse five. As you can see by looking at the overall picture, verse five comes at the end of the "ignorance" section. And, as you can further see, it is mostly a repetition of verses 3-4.


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