Romans 6

1 Because there is sin, grace is required to bring us back to a loving relationship with God. Some had suggested that we should seek to sin more so that God will be able to show us more grace. The idea is that God's glory is enhanced as He shows more and more grace.
2 Such an idea runs counter to our calling as Christians. We are to become more like Jesus and leave our sinful ways behind. It is more pleasing to God that we behave the way He wants us to, and it is displeasing when we make a mockery of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross.
3 When a new Christian is baptized, he "dies" to the sinful influences of this world. I once heard a comment that a dead body is no longer tempted by the evil in this world. Although a Christian's body is not dead, we are to act as though we are dead to the evil influences of this world.
4 Baptism is a symbolic representation of death to the world and life in Jesus. When we are under the water we symbolically enact our physical death and burial in this world. When we come out of the water, we enact our anticipated resurrection.

Some people question the symbolic value of baptism. Some denominations will staunchly defend "baptisms" performed by sprinkling or pouring water over the head. The word "baptism" means "immersion," so in the literal sense, there is no Biblical foundation for baptisms performed in other ways. More importantly, though, is that "partial" baptisms are void of the symbolic meaning of the act. We know that salvation occurs independently of baptism, but baptism is a commanded first step in a believer's life and is closely tied with obedience (Mat 28:19-20). If a new believer refuses to be baptized, one can only wonder in what other matters they will willfully disobey Jesus' other commands.

6 The "old man" is our natural, sinful nature. This sinful nature makes it impossible for us to have a proper relationship with, and understanding of, God. All humankind is enslaved to sin in the sense that we inherited that nature and can not escape its influence. However, when a person believes in the work of Jesus, his sinful nature is mortally wounded. The Christian must still contend with the old man until the body's death, but he is no longer enslaved to his sinful nature because of the power he is given through the Holy Spirit.
9 The resurrection is the evidence that there is life after death. Jesus rose from the dead and received an immortal body.
10 We can not give God anything, even our lives, to make up for our sins. However, we can obtain life vicariously through Jesus' death and resurrection.
11 Therefore, since we live through Jesus, we must imitate His nature. We must turn away from those things that displease God and begin doing those things He desires.
12 Jesus is the master over a Christian's life, not his old sinful nature. The old nature is wounded and dying, and it must be dethroned from our lives if we are to please God.
13 We are not to sin by our actions, but we also should not be influenced to sin by others. If your friends, family, boss, etc. "force" you to sin, you should take a hard look at your situation to determine how you can nullify this influence.

A Christian is no longer the pawn of the devil, but a child of God. He is to be used by God to spread the Gospel and promote what is good and right.

14 Sometimes a Christian may feel that a particular sin is too big for him to handle. This is untrue. God gives us the power to overcome evil in our lives, so we must use it.

When someone commits a crime, his society condemns him. However, if he later becomes a Christian he is justified by God, even though the world still condemns him. Thus, God's grace (and justice) overrules the justice imposed by men.

15 Some Christians feel they can take God's forgiveness for granted. They willfully sin and then unburden their conscious with a half-hearted confession.
16 Not only is sin displeasing to God; it is also harmful to body and mind. Thus, a Christian has physical and spiritual reasons to avoid sin.
18 When someone turns away from one thing, he turns towards another. Before someone comes to know God, he can not help but do things that displease Him. In this sense, he is a slave to sin. However, when one becomes a Christian he desires to do what pleases God. In this sense, he becomes a slave to righteousness.
19 This is a human argument because "slavery" to righteousness has a contradictory connotation. In reality, we are not slaves, but we are free to be what God intends us to be: people that communicate and live with Him.
20 When a worldly person sees a Christian, he feels that the Christian is needlessly restricted in behavior. When the worldly man speaks of freedom, he means that he feels he is free to do whatever he wants, whether it is good or bad.
21 What the worldly man does not see is that ungodly behavior leads to humiliation and death. A Christian should know better and avoid sinful activities.
22 A Christian is set free from the downward spiral of sin and depravity. When his eyes are focused on God, he does things that are pleasing to Him. God will raise the Christian up on Judgement Day and give him the reward of eternal life in His good and loving presence.
23 When one works for sin, he is paid the reward of sin, which is eternal separation from God and everything that is good and loving. This is death in the most horrible sense. When one no longer works for death and accepts God's forgiveness he is rewarded with the eternal restoration of the man and God relationship.