Rom 6:14-23


We always have a choice when it comes to sinning.


We can sin and suffer the consequences, or we can not commit sinful activities and enjoy God’s blessing.


In this section of Scripture, the apostle Paul shows the believer and all humanity for that matter, the choices we have in this life.


Let us look at this Scripture and ask God to help us be yielded to the Holy Spirit of God who lives within us.




We know that we are now under grace. All humanity is under grace.


John 3:16

16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


Matt 11:28-30

28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


John 7:37-39

37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

38  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

39  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)


Rev 22:17

17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.


A. The law


However some people will refuse God’s grace and continue to live under a system that requires strict adherance to the law.


They do not recognized God’s grace. They refuse the gift that God has given in Jesus Christ.


Those who are under the law must pay the penalty under the law for sin.

Gen 2:17

17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.


Rev 20:14-15

14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.


We have already talked about the two deaths physical and spiritual.


Men are born sinners. We sin because we are sinners children of Adam.


Rom 5:12

12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:


born with a sin nature we sin because it is our nature to do so.


Therefore the Bible declares all mankind sinners fallen short of God’s glory.


Rom 3:23

23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;


Under the law we are all guilty. But we may pay our own debt.


B. Grace


However, we are not restricted to the demands of the law. There is another way. That is to accept the grace of God which He extends through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Rom 5:8

8    But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.


1 Peter 2:24

24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.


2 Cor 5:21

21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.


Grace is extended to all who will accept it.


Accepting God’s grace releases one from the penalty require by the law and the consequence of sin which is eternal separation from God in the lake of fire.


Rev 20:14-15

14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.


Rev 21:8

8    But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.


We then see clearly the choice of law or grace.


Grace requires one to come to Christ.


Matt 11:28

28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.


That coming to Christ requires repentance and reception.




Luke 13:3,5

3    I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

5    I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.


Acts 17:30

30  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:





John 1:12

12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:


Eph 2:8-9

8    For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9    Not of works, lest any man should boast.


A gift must be received.


The choice is ours to make law or grace.




Rom 6:19

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.


We all live in the flesh both saved and unsaved.

Because the flesh is weak, Paul must give this warning.


All men both saved and unsaved are subject to the temptations of the flesh.


This is the medium through which Satan and the world have such great influence on mankind.


A. Sin


We can choose to sin or not to sin.


Sin will satisfy a short-lived desire.

There is no argument to the contrary.


Heb 11:24-25

24  By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;

25  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;



Sin has a grave consequence, death.


Rom 6:23

23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


I Jn 5:16

16  If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.


Sin in both saved and unsaved produces physical death.


We must all die the phycial death unless raptured.

Physical death will come early to those who engage in sinful activities.


Smoking - cancer, enphasema

Alcohol- cancer, death on highway, death to innocent

Sensual sin - venerial disease, aids, murder

Stealing - murder, killed in process of robbery, innocent people killed


Heb 12:6

6    For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.


Sin is a life of disobedience to God. Disobedience bring chastisement to the child of God.


B. Righteousness


The apostle Paul is speaking to the saved in these verses.


The other choice for the saved person is righteousness.


Righteousness is the obedient life, the life that pleases God.


The life of obedience will bring contentment and peace.  The life of obedience assures that God can accomplish His purpose.


Rom 12:1-2

1    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Those who are saved are a new creature in Christ. (17-18)


2 Cor 5:17

17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.


The new creature desires to please God.


James 3:11-18

11  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

12  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

13  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

14  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

15  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

16  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

17  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.


The choice here is clear. Obedience or disobedience.


Obedience is the way to righteousness and disobedience is the way to death.


But the choice is ours to make.




Two destinations are based not upon our ability to do good or how much good work we can do.


Our destination depends upon our acceptance of Jesus Christ as Personal Saviour.


The choice is ours to make.




Ps 9:17

17  The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.


Prov 15:24

24  The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.


Matt 3:12

12  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Matt 7:13-14

13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.


Matt 10:28

28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Luke 16:23

23  And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.


Luke 16:28

28  For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.


2 Pet 2:4

4    For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;



John 14:1-3

1    Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

2    In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

 1 Cor 15:54-58

54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.


Isa 26:19

19  Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.


When we make the choice between heaven and hell we are also making the choice between a life of sin or a life of righteousness.


To repent means to turn from sin and to turn to righteousness.

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