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1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither 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. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 16 Know 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? 17 But 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. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 19 I 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. 20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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1 Sarah R = "Paul´s style in this letter seems as though he is answering either direct questions or misconceptions he often hears about the faith. He addresses each question in order that the church may grow in proper teaching."
2 Deena E = "It reads as though the apostle Paul is using sarcasm. "Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?" A few strokes of the pen before this, Paul writes "Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound," (Romans 5:20).In other words, just because grace abounds where there is more sin, doesn't give anyone permission or a license to sin intentionally."
3 Sarah R = "¨Grace is no license to sin. As creatures, we are made to serve our Creator. In the absence of truth, we will serve somebody or something. It’s an essential part of our nature. Our only choice is this: whom will we serve? At one time, we all served sin and grew weak under its deadly power over us. Now, through God’s grace, we have become servants of obedience that sets us right with God, each other, and ourselves. We must daily decide whose servant we are and offer Him our hands, our feet, our hearts, our eyes.¨- Romans 7 study note, The Voice Bible"
4 Sarah R = "Consider Hebrews 10:26-27 -26¨ If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.¨"
5 Sara Di Diego = ""The Greek verb is in the past tense. A fact is referred to that occurred in the past. Death is a separation. When we severed our relation with sin, we died to it. If we have cut loose from it, how can we continue in it?"Source:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/peoples-new-testament/romans/6.html"
6 Cary W = "When we repent and make Jesus ruler and lord of our heart, we are entered into death with Him, and in that dying, receive a new nature, one fashioned after Jesus Himself.This new person inside us is developed through our relationship to the Holy Spirit, poured into our hearts to guide, comfort and remind us of all Jesus has been given of the Father."
7 Sarah R = "More verses about baptism:Matthew 28:19, 20 ¨Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”Acts 2:38 ¨Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.¨Acts 16:31-33¨They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized.¨"
8 Sarah R = "1 Peter 3:21 ¨and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ¨"
9 Sarah R = "Baptism represents dying to our old self, the sinful nature, and being born again to a new self, devoted to God and holy living."
10 Sarah R = "¨A man who knows that he is saved by believing in Christ does not, when he is baptized, lift his baptism into a saving ordinance. In fact, he is the very best protester against that mistake, because he holds that he has no right to be baptized until he is saved.¨- Charles Spurgeon"
11 Sarah R = "This verse in the Voice version: ¨Therefore, we were buried with Him through this baptism into death so that just as God the Father, in all His glory, resurrected the Anointed One, we, too, might walk confidently out of the grave into a new life.¨ "
12 Cary W = "Understand that our human nature is bad, bad to the bones, for when any of us is in a pinch, will seek to save his own life, rather than trust God.  God's solution?  Put it to death once and for all.  But rather than subject each of us to unending death, He chose rather to have His own son die, and make it so that if we believe God had Jesus bear the penalty of our sin (the original cause of dying of any kind!), we would be gifted with His death of the sinful flesh as well as the unimaginable gift of resurrection and victory over all death forever!"
13 Sarah R = "The resurrection of Jesus is the assurance believers have that we shall also be resurrected into eternal life with Him."
14 Sarah R = "Other translations state ¨old self¨, ¨unrenewed self¨, or ¨person we used to be¨. That is, who we were before we became a believer in Christ. When one becomes a Christian, there should be marked changes in conduct and attitude."
15 Sarah R = "Jesus said, ¨No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.¨ (Matthew 6:24)"
16 Sara Di Diego = "In Greece, if a slave died he was then a free man.  Thus, when we die, we are no longer slaves to sin.Work Cited:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/peoples-new-testament/romans/6.html"
17 Sarah R = "Sin loses its control over those who put their faith in Jesus and follow Him. This does not mean that Christians  no longer sin - though we may wish it so! This means that we have the Holy Spirit within us to help deal with temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13) and to be changed from the inside out."
18 Deena E = "In the resurrection of Christ, he conquered the power of death. This gives Christians great hope. Knowing that death is certain for everyone one day, gives no assurance when one has no clue what that looks like. In fact, death is a very scary thing that promotes much fear. Believers in Christ rest in assurance in the belief that they when they die in this life, their soul will go to be with God."
19 Sarah R = "¨Christ is our spiritual life; there is no living to God but through him. He is the Mediator; there can be no comfortable receivings from God, nor acceptable regards to God, but in and through Jesus Christ; no intercourse between sinful souls and a holy God, but by the mediation of the Lord Jesus. Through Christ as the author and maintainer of this life; through Christ as the head from whom we receive vital influence; through Christ as the root by which we derive sap and nourishment, and so live. In living to God, Christ is all in all.¨- Matthew Henry Commentary"
20 Cary W = "Because we gave up our human self and chose to identify with Christ in His death and resurrection, we have been given grace and set free from the law of sin and death.  Yet, we are still prone to temptation of the flesh, daily.  Our encouragement here that we consciously give over body and its members to serve God as instruments (music!) of righteousness, which is not only pleasing to God, but helps us stay in the love, joy and peace of His Blessed Spirit."
21 Sarah R = "¨What can be a stronger motive against sin than the love of Christ?¨- Matthew Henry Commentary"
22 Cary W = "It is a continual surrender to offer up our day, our body, our mind and all our choices as instruments of God and righteousness.  The surrender is through grace, because He loves us unconditionally, and continually gives his life, prayers and intercessions on our behalf to overcome, even as He overcame (see Revelations 22)."
23 Sarah R = "Parallel verses:James 4:7 ¨Submit yourselves, then, to God.¨"
24 Sarah R = "Paul emphasizes this later in Romans when he writes, ¨Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. ¨ (12:1)."
25 Sarah R = "The Jews were under the law before Christ came. The purpose of the law was to expose sin and point towards the holy life that God requires. They had to bring sacrifices and offerings to God in order to cover their sins, or the breaking of the law. Jesus came and fulfilled the law by being the final, complete sacrifice for all sins of those who believe in Him. Therefore, the Romans were no longer tied to the law, but we under the grace of  God who  covers sins through the death of Jesus Christ."
26 Sarah R = "Although God will forgive all our sins through His grace and Jesus´sacrifice for us, that does not mean that we should keep on sinning. This is taking advantage of God´s mercy. Also Paul stresses that the mark of a true believer is a changed life. If one really believes, the changes in their life will be evidence of a saving faith."
27 Deena E = "This shows the polarity between sin and obedience. The definition of sin is simply disobedience to God."
28 Sarah R = "God extends forgiveness and grace through Jesus not because of anything we have done but merely because He is a good, loving God. Even if He never gave us anything else the rest of our lives, He has given us far more than we deserve and is worthy of praise!"
29 Sarah R = "It is faith, or more specifically, belief in Jesus as the Son of God who died for our sins and was resurrected, that saves us from sin and brings us back into a right relationship with God."
30 Sarah R = "In other words, what good did sinning ever do for you? What might feel good in the moment often brings negative  consequences and regrets."
31 Cary W = "It is through restored vision of holiness that we are given real power to overcome all ungodliness, for His Spirit within us now struggles for the will of God.  Even in weaknesses and stumbling, the Spirit continues to will and serve God."
32 Deena E = "The wages of sin--the earnings of one's disobedience to God's commands--is death. BUT the gift of God (eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord) is provided not by the believer's obedience, but by believing in Christ's obedience.  "