1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
There isn't any such thing as once saved always saved and just because our Father has given us The Gift of forgiveness in repentance through the blood of Christ doesn't mean The law isn't in effect anymore.
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
The symbolic act of baptism is the submerging of our body = going into the water and when we come out are made new. But as long as we are in this flesh, we are to live by its laws. Just because we are baptized doesn't mean we can sin freely.
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.
After baptism you're in the same flesh, you're walking on the same planet; it is a symbolic act shown to God and others that you want to walk in a different path as a new person in Christ. We will continue to sin and we should continue to repent.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
We follow Christ and Christ follows us, we become one. We strive to be as Him in our everyday walk and gain eternal life.
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.
Our old self was following satan until we asked Christ into our life upon repentance. From there, we should seek out Truth that satan can't fool us anymore.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Because we have Christ Jesus in our DAILY walk. The day we give up our spirit = die, we don't live in the sins of this fleshly world. We have a new body, an incorruptible body. Ref. I Corinthians 15:49-54
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
"if" = condition, if we believe than we live with Him in eternity. That's His promise, but without belief there's no eternity. It's a simple choice given to everyone freely.
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
The reason Christ came the first time was that He defeated satan in that we have The Way to life everlasting. As Christ lives, we may live also. Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
He came in this flesh to die and is now the right hand of God at the throne. God wouldn't ask us to do anything that He Himself wouldn't do. He came and showed us The Way to get it done.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
What you put in you put out. If you're focus is on Him in Him Word, you're less likely to be sinning.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
satans goal is to have you turn your back on Christ and The Truth, so the best way to beat him is at his own tricks and to understand The Way in which our Father wants us to live.
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.
It's time to leave the worldly junk behind and start living for the things of God. I enjoy everyday in The Lord and so will you. †
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Were not under just the law but grace also. The grace = favor our Father has shown us is we can be forgiven through Christ for our sin = breaking the law. Don't forget what is said in Romans 3:31 "Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law."
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
If you take the law away then the "once saved always saved" quote of people would be true, but we need the law to keep us in the obedience of Gods way. It would be a free for all without The law.
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?
Were given the choice, satan and following him in sin or Christ with us being obedient doing what's right. Who do you serve?
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.
Even with The law, because we all fall short our Father loved us enough He sent us The Way. We can now be forgiven of those falls. Repentance in Christ name and you ARE forgiven†
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
We serve God by staying in Him, His Word and by repentance we are set free from those sins of the flesh. We must willingly obey from the heart or you're just playing a game. He knows!
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.
Infirmity of your flesh = the sins of the flesh. We must seek The Word in order to grow out off those sins that we repeat everyday. We must break the chains and grow in knowledge, power and righteousness.
20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
Living a life of sin keeps you from enjoying the life of righteousness. One brings worry and ciaos the other peace of mind and happiness.
21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
What did you gain living in sin? All sin does is make everything sad and tougher, without hope of a better tomorrow.
22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Your fruit is those things you've done for God. Following Him in faith and Word, bringing you to a place in life of comport and peace, knowing what's to come is reward and life everlasting.
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.