📊 Romans 6:6 | Life Through Death & Trivia

Understanding the flow of Romans 3-6, reflection and trivia

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Happy Tuesday! If you missed yesterday’s email, you can read it here (scroll down after clicking to read it).

📧 In today’s email…

  • 🧐 A brief flyover of Romans 3 through 6

  • 🙌 Life through death

  • 🤔 Reflect: Newness of life

  • 📊 Tuesday Trivia about justification through faith

 🧠 Memorize

see if you know what words go in the blanks

We know that our ___ ____ ___ crucified with him in order ____ the ____ of sin might be brought to _______,

so that we would no longer be enslaved to ___.

Romans 6:6

(Answer key below. You can also use our free web app to memorize in your favorite translation. Set up instructions are linked at the bottom of this email.)

🤓 Passage Context

Romans is considered one of the most theologically rich books of the Bible.

(if you give Romans a read from start to finish, you’ll see why)

Paul gives us explanations of many aspects of our faith and provides a clear presentation of the gospel from a number of different angles.

Throughout Romans, you’ll notice Paul make many comparisons, including:

  • Justification by works of the law vs. Justification through faith in Jesus

  • Adam vs. Jesus

  • Death vs. Life

  • Slavery to sin vs. Slavery to righteousness

  • The spirit vs. the flesh

Let’s do a quick flyover of some of these themes as we set the context for our memory verse (which we’ll start digging into in depth tomorrow).

In Chapter 3, Paul describes the purpose of God’s law: to hold those under the law accountable and to make people aware of their sins.

19  Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God.

20  For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Romans 3:19-20, 23

→ Nobody is righteous before God through works of the law. We need a savior.

In chapter 5, Paul compares Adam with Jesus.

He describes how Adam’s disobedience led to condemnation and death for us, but how Jesus’ work leads to justification and life for us.

  • Adam rebelled and was unfaithful to God

  • Jesus lived in faithful obedience to God

19 For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.

20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,

Romans 5:19-20

→ Through Jesus’ obedient life, death and resurrection, he was the savior humanity needed.

Then, we get to chapter 6, where Paul answers the natural question that arises from the bolded words above from chapter 5:

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?

Romans 6:1

If grace will always cover it, should we keep sinning?

Paul’s answer?

2  By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

Romans 6:2-3

Paul points out that the change that happens to a person when they put their faith in Jesus runs so much deeper than simply making one-off choices to sin or not to sin.

It’s a matter of spiritual death, and then life.

4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:4

As we approach Good Friday and Easter, let’s remember that it’s not just Jesus’ resurrection that accomplished the redemptive work of God.

That resurrection only happened through the pathway of death, which was necessary in order to free us from our slavery to sin.

It was only through Jesus’ death that true resurrected life is made possible.

Praise God that while we were his enemies, Jesus died for us! 🙏 

💡 Tomorrow, we’ll spend time digging into verse 6 (our memory verse) itself.

Reflect: Newness of Life 🤔 

Walking in “newness of life” is not at all the same as “willpower,” “trying harder to be righteous” or some other form of external behavior modification.

Similar to what we talked about a few weeks ago when we memorized 2 Corinthians 5:17, when the we put our faith in Jesus and the Spirit dwells within us, we become an entirely new creature.

We are born again.

Especially for those of us who have followed Jesus for a long time, it can be easy to forget the deep, transformative work that God has done in our lives.

Reflect 🤔 

In what ways (big and small) have you been freed from sin since giving your life to Jesus?

How have you instead become a slave to righteousness (v18)? Has the Spirit put in you the desire to honor Jesus?

🗣️ Share your answer(s) with one trusted friend or family member.

Tuesday Trivia 📊 

Click one of the options below. Let’s see how you do..

One of the central themes of Romans is righteousness…

Paul stresses the importance of faith in becoming righteous and in Romans 4, he gives an important example of faith from which Old Testament figure?

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Answer key  

We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing,

so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

Romans 6:6

Have a blessed Tuesday 🌮

Best,

Kieran & Isaac

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