In recent studies we started to amplify our outline of Romans to enhance our understanding of the book. The focus of Romans is: The Key to Abundant Living. The first point is the universal need for salvation. Let’s continue to amplify the second point: the available provision of salvation, found in Romans 3:22 through chapter 6.
In chapter 6 Paul affirms that when we trust in Christ for salvation God frees us to live for Him. We don’t have to sin anymore. We are free to choose life by obeying Christ. Paul points out that Christ died to sin once for all and since His resurrection He lives to God. In Romans 6:11-13 Paul says, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Don’t offer parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.”
This exchange is what salvation is about. The Christian life begins by inviting Jesus Christ into your life as master, and then letting Him live out His life through you. You do this by obeying His promptings and offering yourself and the parts of your body to Him, for Him to use as He chooses. When you ask Jesus Christ to become your Savior by faith, you belong to Him. You’re under new management.
Paul sums it up in 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”