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Hope of Resurrection
Romans 6:1-14 Commentary
by L. Ann Jervis
In Romans 5, Paul said that where sin increased, grace abounded all the more (5:20). This leads naturally to the question which opens Romans 6.
The logic Paul seeks to refute is that grace has the opportunity to show itself for what it is -- a gift given in the face of rejection -- when people sin. That is, continuing to sin is to do grace a favor.
To this logic, Paul answers an emphatic “Absolutely not!” When we stand in grace it is absurd to think that it is necessary for any reason to continue in sin. This is to miss the whole point. Standing in grace is standing in an entirely new place, a place apart from sin. Standing in grace means that we have died to sin. We can’t continue to sin so that grace may abound for the fundamental reason that we are dead to sin.
Those who are in Christ Jesus no longer live in sin. Our environment has drastically and completely changed. It is as dramatic as transforming from a land animal to a sea animal. The environment of those who are in Christ Jesus has changed from living in sin to not living in sin. We have been transformed into beings that can thrive in an entirely ...
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NL Podcast 366: Hope of Resurrection
June 02, 2019
Podcast on Romans 6:1-14, the Narrative Lectionary readings for June 2, 2019 (Hope of Resurrection) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.