Our old man isn't our old sin nature, but the person we were before we were saved, our life before conversion, our former self. What shall we say then? . Second, Ah’m a doctah. God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Somehow, it bothers us that God has that much grace. Thus, Romans 5 is closely linked with Romans 6-8. BibliographyCalvin, John. The abounding of sin in men before their conversion and calling, doth commend and exalt the abundant grace of God, in the forgiveness thereof; but not so if sin abound in them after they are converted and called. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. “Then what shall we say? Let’s preview the main point of Romans 6 (which is union with Christ means: dead to sin, alive to God). To this fruitful topic the apostle devotes two whole chapters; in the present chapter treating of the Union of believers to Christ as the source of the new life, and in the following one continuing this subject, but following it up with some profound considerations on the great principles of sin and holiness in fallen men, both under law and under grace. Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Let's bow our heads and our hearts before His presence. It fares with sin in such as with those beasts in Daniel 7:12, who, though their lives were prolonged for a season, had their dominion taken away. 1700-1703. This objection arises from ignorance of the doctrine in question, and of the nature and means of sanctification. Bob was born and raised in a Christian home i... More, 3. ἐπιμένωμεν. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". Paul spends more time spelling out the reasons for his answer because he wants his readers to be very clear about his response. He again reminds the reader that sin has no authority in our lives any longer. It offers men the solution for sin in Jesus Christ, a solution which includes both forgiveness of sin and freedom from sin. - This is a mode of presenting an objection. Third, when we received Christ and were placed in union with Him, we were freed from our slavery to that sinful nature. Paul concludes the section in Romans 8 by himself exulting in our standing and in the certainty of the “glory of God” which is to come. They read this and they don't understand it and they think, "Well, I'm supposed to be dead to sin but I'm sure not, so I guess I have to pretend like I am." The final verse of our passage, verse 14, serves as a conclusion to the section, as well as the introduction to the next section. Romans 5:20-21. Luther well knew that such ceremonies as baptism and the Lord's supper were connected in the word of God with salvation, as for example, when Jesus himself said that, He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. I have a problem with them. At the moment we trusted Christ as Savior from sin, according to 1 Corinthians 12:13, the Holy Spirit of God baptized us into the body of Christ. Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Conversion is a radical change. That chapter of our lives is closed. What shall we say then? 1-5. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ges/romans-6.html. ". John R. W. Stott wrote a helpful book on Romans 5 through 8 (Men Made New: An Exposition of Romans 5-8). What's the solution to the problem of sin in believer's life? Paul teaches that conversion should change the conduct of one who has come to faith in Christ. They need to give the members of their bodies to the Lord Jesus--yield them to Him.