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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 6

Romans 6:15-23 (4)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 4 Study # 4
November 14, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:Being made free from sin means that its bonds are breakable.

Introduction:Last week we looked at the three realities of Romans 6:16-17. First, there is no escape from the bondage to sin except by knowledge. Second, there is no escape from the bondage to sin without the personal exercise of will and choice. And, third, there is no escape from the bondage to sin without a clear intervention by God in grace. Paul clearly declares that this is the way it is and there is no way around it. Because it is, however, a rather large problem for Paul to simultaneously speak of "bondage" and "the breaking of the bonds" (how is a man "enslaved" if he can "get free"?), we are going to give some more consideration to Paul's declarations regarding "being free from sin" as we find them in this context. One of the more difficult issues is the harmony between the grace of God and the volitional responsibility of man. If a man's will is not "free", what good does it do to insist upon the exercise of it?


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