Exhortation - Brother Shane Kirkwood - 30 July 2006
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Brother Shane Kirkwood
30 July 2006
Reading - Romans 6
Romans 6:1-23 (NET)
The Believer’s Freedom from Sin’s Domination
6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to remain in sin so that grace may increase? 6:2 Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 6:3 Or do you not know that as many as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may live a new life.1
6:5 For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we will certainly also be united in the likeness of his resurrection.2 6:6 We know that3 our old man was crucified with him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us,4 so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 6:7 (For someone who has died has been freed from sin.)5
6:8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 6:9 We know6 that since Christ has been raised from the dead, he is never going to die7 again; death no longer has mastery over him. 6:10 For the death he died, he died to sin once for all, but the life he lives, he lives to God. 6:11 So you too consider yourselves8 dead to sin, but9 alive to God in Christ Jesus.
6:12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its desires, 6:13 and do not present your members to sin as instruments10 to be used for unrighteousness,11 but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead and your members to God as instruments12 to be used for righteousness. 6:14 For sin will have no mastery over you, because you are not under law but under grace.
The Believer’s Enslavement to God’s Righteousness
6:15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! 6:16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves13 as obedient slaves,14 you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or obedience resulting in righteousness?15 6:17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves to sin, you obeyed16 from the heart that pattern17 of teaching you were entrusted to, 6:18 and having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. 6:19 (I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh.)18 For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. 6:20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness.
6:21 So what benefit19 did you then reap20 from those things that you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. 6:22 But now, freed21 from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit22 leading to sanctification, and the end is eternal life. 6:23 For the payoff23 of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1tn Grk “may walk in newness of life,” in which ζωῆς (zwhs) functions as an attributed genitive (see ExSyn 89-90, where this verse is given as a prime example).
2tn Grk “we will certainly also of his resurrection.”
3tn Grk “knowing this, that.” Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation.
4tn Grk “may be rendered ineffective, inoperative,” or possibly “may be destroyed.” The term καταργέω (katargew) has various nuances. In Rom 7:2 the wife whose husband has died is freed from the law (i.e., the law of marriage no longer has any power over her, in spite of what she may feel). A similar point seems to be made here (note v. 7).
5sn Verse 7 forms something of a parenthetical comment in Paul’s argument.
6tn Grk “knowing.” Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started here in the translation.
7tn The present tense here has been translated as a futuristic present (see ExSyn 536, where this verse is listed as an example).
8tc ‡ Some Alexandrian and Byzantine mss (Ì94vid א* B C 81 365 1506 1739 1881 pc) have the infinitive “to be” (εἶναι, einai) following “yourselves”. The infinitive is lacking from some mss of the Alexandrian and Western texttypes (Ì46vid A D*,c F G 33vid pc). The infinitive is found elsewhere in the majority of Byzantine mss, suggesting a scribal tendency toward clarification. The lack of infinitive best explains the rise of the other readings. The meaning of the passage is not significantly altered by inclusion or omission, but on internal grounds omission is more likely. NA27 includes the infinitive in brackets, indicating doubt as to its authenticity.
9tn Greek emphasizes the contrast between these two clauses more than can be easily expressed in English.
10tn Or “weapons, tools.”
11tn Or “wickedness, injustice.”
12tn Or “weapons, tools.”
13tn Grk “to whom you present yourselves.”
14tn Grk “as slaves for obedience.” See the note on the word “slave” in 1:1.
15tn Grk “either of sin unto death, or obedience unto righteousness.”
16tn Grk “you were slaves of sin but you obeyed.”
17tn Or “type, form.”
18tn Or “because of your natural limitations” (NRSV).
sn Verse 19 forms something of a parenthetical comment in Paul’s argument.
19tn Grk “fruit.”
20tn Grk “have,” in a tense emphasizing their customary condition in the past.
21tn The two aorist participles translated “freed” and “enslaved” are causal in force; their full force is something like “But now, since you have become freed from sin and since you have become enslaved to God….”
22tn Grk “fruit.”
23tn A figurative extension of ὀψώνιον (oywnion), which refers to a soldier’s pay or wages. Here it refers to the end result of an activity, seen as something one receives back in return. In this case the activity is sin, and the translation “payoff” captures this thought. See also L&N 89.42.
Biblical Studies Press: The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible. Biblical Studies Press, 2006; 2006, S. Ro 6:1-23
Posted 30 July 2006 - 08:11 AM
The NT Readings at the moment are going through Romans. Paul in today’s readings in Chapter 5-6 says 5: 6-8 “greater love has no man than this that he laid down his life for his friends”, but Paul says here Jesus died for us while we were sinners. So for all of us – Jesus Christ became our very best friend – he died for us.
It is easy to read this without thinking about the power of what Paul is saying here. It means, if he is our closest friend we should love him like no-one else. What would we do if he came into the hall this morning? It is an interesting thing to think how we would act – the doorman would shake his hand, somebody maybe greeting him and talking about the meaning of “agape” – perhaps we wouldn’t know what to say – I don’t think I would know what to say, many of us would prefer to stand up the back and hope that we never actually had to speak to him, to say something. Maybe some of us would fall at his feet, I guess how we responded to him as an individual would depend on how we felt at the time – about ourself, our service and how our life was going at the time. Paul talks about this feeling and about the love that Jesus and the Father showed us says “who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” – and he lists things “tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, sword?” – for us in the 20th century we could add other things that might separate us from his love – they might be different things to the sword, famine, persecution – but there are other things in our life that come between us and our relationship with Christ. “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us – I am persuaded that neither death, life, principalities, power, things present, things in the future, height, depth, any creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord – the man who died for us.”
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Exhortation - Punchbowl Ecclesia NSW
Brother Shane Kirkwood
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