God’s directions for Sanctification


Introduction: I read somewhere, or someone told me, if I would study Romans Chapter 6 – 9 and really study it until I got it, that it would be life changing!  So I did. And it was!  This is what the Christian life is all about!  My deliema is should I post the whole study?  A Chapter at a time?  The whole thing looks intimidating.  When I taught it, it took weeks and weeks to go through it. So I have decided to post one chapter at a time.  (Seriously it might not matter. Since this is my first, I don’t even know if anyone will read them!). 

Please take your time!  Pray about it and ask our Holy Father to open your eyes to what He wants you to see! It is a pretty deep study.  Not all of the studies I post will be this deep, but I feel it is what so many need to know!  Please feel free to reply with thoughts or questions.  Remember, I a just a big sinner saved by a bigger Savior!  I make mistakes, but hopefully God will not let them bother you!

I hope you enjoy it, but more than that, I hope it helps you to glorify our Father, to become bolder in Christ and to share the Gospel!

Love to all in Christ,


Disclaimer: All of my studies get help from other sources, God Almighty, James Vernon McGee, Beth Moore, Joyce Myer, notes from my New International Version and King James Study Bibles and more.  I do not claim to of did this alone and I am very grateful for the great teachers out there!



Preface to beginning of our study:

Justification vs. Sanctification.  Justification took place the moment you trusted Christ – you were declared righteous.  The guilt was removed!

Then God began a good work in you that will continue throughout life.  This is Sanctification.

Justification is instant, just like salvation.  Sanctification never ends.

Justification declares the sinner righteous; sanctification makes the sinner righteous.  Justification removes the guilt and penalty of sin; sanctification removes the growth and the power of sin.

“God is both an exterior and interior decorator. He is an exterior decorator in that He has paid the penalty and removed the guilt of sin for us. But He is also an interior decorator. He moves into our hearts and lives by the power of the Holy Spirit to make us the kind of Christians we should be. God does not leave us in sin when He saves us.  J. Vernon McGee

This does not imply that sanctification is a duty that comes from being justified. It is a fact that proceeds from it.

Corinthians 1:30 “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

Before Chapter 6 Paul does not discuss the holy life of a saved person. From Chapter 6 on, Paul does not discuss the salvation of a sinner.

So the subject of this chapter is the ability of God to turn us into righteous Christians since He has declared us righteous.  

A declaration says you are!  And He sees us that way!  And our eternal status lays on this.  But our earthly status lays on the Sanctification part of God’s plan for Christians.

Chapter 6: Positional Sanctification and Practical Sanctification


Verse 1:  What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

This is an argumentative statement. (In the first chapters of Romans, he did not use argumentative statements. He just stated facts. )  However, now he is.    He is basically saying “Now that you see God’s wonderful Salvation and have received this awesome gift, what are you can you say about it?”  Hallelujah! 

And then he ask, so can we keep sinning since we are saved?

Verse 2: By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

King James says God forbid!

Here is the deal: The very fact that Paul asked this question in verse 1 is proof that Justification is a declaration of righteousness; that it did not mean to make a person good, but to declare them good!  Justification means the guilt and the penalty of the sin are removed not the power of the sin in this life!

Now we are moving into removing the power of sin in this life.

Note it says “have died to sin”.   We died in the person of our substitute Jesus Christ. But we are NEVER dead to sin in this world.

We died in sin in Christ – that is our position. When he died as a substitute for us, we died in Him, and we were raised in Him, and we are joined now to a living Christ. This is the great truth that is in this verse!

Verse 3: Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

If you see any of Romans 6 as water, you have missed the point!

So what does Paul mean here?  I believe he is talking about identification with God.

The Greek word baptize has many meanings for this word.  It could refer to dyeing your hair. (There was sect in Asia Minor who took it this way and dyed their hair purple.)

But here in Romans 6:3, Paul is speaking about identification with Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:13 says “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”


Verse 4: We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

It is a done deal.  Our sins have already been judged; we are already raised! 

There are only two places for your sins. Either they were hung on that cross over 2000 years ago, or they are on you today.

1 Peter 3:21 says “and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,”

How does baptism save us? If you go look at the preceding verses, he is talking about the 8 saved on the ark.

 They were dry.  The wet people drowned. So obviously he is not talking about water.

 They were identified with the ark. They were there because of belief in God. God saw the boat floating on the water (the evidence of saved souls) like God sees Christ in us. Jesus is our ark.

Verse 5: For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.

We are like a limb crafted on a tree. We are not the tree, but we share the life with the tree.  The life of Christ is our life now.


Verse 6:  For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— Footnotes: Romans 6:6 Or be rendered powerless

KNOWING..We know!

Rendered powerless = paralyzed or canceled or nullified

The old self (slave to sin) has been put out of business, so that from now on we should not be in bondage to sin. 

We should be in bondage to Christ now.

Verse 7: because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

We have been declared righteous!

WE are acquitted.  That is our position.  Just like a person acquitted of a crime, we cannot be tried again!  Praise God!

This next section’s theme I titled: The goal is perfection!

Verse 8-12: Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.  11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.

Again Paul says “know”. We have to know it is finished, done and not to be done again.

Rev. 1:18 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”


Count on the fact that we are dead to sin! And alive to God!

We are to count on it that our old nature was laid in Joseph’s tomb long long ago.

Matthew Henry said: Though sin may remain as an outlaw, though it may oppress as a tyrant, yet let it not reign as a king. Let it not make laws, nor preside in councils, nor command the militia; let it not be uppermost in the soul, so that we should obey it. Though we may be sometimes overtaken and overcome by it, yet let us never be obedient to it in the lusts thereof; let not sinful lusts be a law to you, to which you would yield a consenting obedience