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For Wednesday evening services, the Lord has lead me to do a Bible study for practical Bible verses in Romans. Please come back to these Bible lessons in order to review them and learn them. Whenever we have learned the meaning of Bible verses and think about them throughout each day, we will be in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). Not only that, but when we are in a situation in our daily lives and are tempted to sin, we can think back to what we have learned from the Bible and say to ourselves, "The Bible says to not do what I am tempted to say, think, do, and/or desire right now, so I am going to refuse to give in to this temptation." This is what Romans 12:2 means, and it says, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." This is also the pattern that Jesus used when the devil tempted Him to sin in Matthew 4:1-11.
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5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. (While Christ was on the cross, God took our sins (past, present, and future) and placed them on Jesus, who became guilty for every sin. “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6).Then, God punished Him for every sin. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”, Therefore, Christians' sin nature died on Jesus' cross, and the desire to sin and live care-free continues to die. Galatians 5:24 says, "And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." Sinful acts, thoughts, and desires of old now bother Christians, and they are given the ability to resist these temptations the more they mature in the Christian faith. Before, they couldn't resist these temptations; they were servants to sin.) 7For he that is dead is freed from sin. (When someone becomes a Christian, they become free from being unable to resist these temptations.)
8Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: (If someone who has prayed or made a decision to become a Christian has, as a result, changed their outlook on sin (See notes for Romans 6:6-7), they gain assurance of their salvation.) 9Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. (In addition, they can be confident in their salvation because Christ was raised from the dead.) 10For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Notice the words 'Jesus Christ our Lord': When Christ becomes our Lord, we die indeed unto sin (our old way of living), and He takes control in that everything revolves around Him. (We live a lifestyle similar to the one explained in chapter 39 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com) If you have prayed or made a decision to become a Christian, but this hasn't happened, please follow this website - http://chriswaug5.wix.com/makingsure)
12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. (Christians should be at war with sin. Romans 7:23 reveals that sin nature still lives in Christians. They need to be aware and keep their guard up against it. They do this by refusing to sin when they are tempted.) 13Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (Christ should be Lord of every area of a Christian's life, and chapter 39 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com gives an example of what this involves. When this advice is followed, no part of a Christian will have an opportunity to partake in sin. Instead, they will be following the instruction 'yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.' If you have prayed or made a decision to become a Christian, but this hasn't happened, please follow this website - http://chriswaug5.wix.com/makingsure) 14For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. (Since becoming a Christian doesn't require physical effort, it doesn't mean that those who have prayed or made a decision to do so can put no effort into avoiding sinning.) 16Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (If someone tries to earn their salvation by keeping the Old Testament law, they become servants to that effort, which leads to eternal separation from God.) 17But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. (Before they obeyed the form of doctrine which was delivered them (be saved by grace by believing in Christ), they tried to earn their salvation by keeping the law.) 18Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. (Because they obeyed the correct doctrine, they became the servants of righteousness - received the power/supernatural ability to withstand temptations to sin that Christians receive from the Holy Spirit entering them once they trust Jesus' work on the cross to erase their sins.) 19I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. (Before someone becomes a Christian, they begin to give in to temptations to sin, and since they don't have the Holy Spirit to help them resist, they become trapped into sinning more and more. In contrast, after someone becomes a Christian, they have power to resist and are free to commit their life to righteous living as they should, (Chapter 39 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com gives an example of what this involves.) which leads to holiness and assurance of their salvation. If you have prayed or made a decision to become a Christian, but this hasn't happened, please follow this website - http://chriswaug5.wix.com/makingsure)
20For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. (Once someone becomes a Christian, they must begin living righteously the best they can. If not, they are mislead about Christianity. In John 8:34 Jesus explains, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin." Before someone becomes a Christian, they don't have this requirement.) 21What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. (A Christian should be ashamed of their former care-free, sinful lifestyle and understand it wasn't leading them to heaven.) 22But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. (Since a Christian has the ability to stop living their old, sinful lifestyle more and more over time, they are free to be servants to God. (live a lifestyle similar to the one explained in chapter 39 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com) When they're able to live this holy lifestyle, they gain assurance that they're really Christians.) 23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (The result of having no desire to no longer sin on purpose and live a holy lifestyle and accept God's gift of salvation by believing that Jesus is the Savior results in spending eternity separated from God.)
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