I was 15 when I accepted the Lord as my Savior. The need for salvation in my life was readily apparent to me, I was a sinner. But the question of “What do I do now?” weighed heavily on me. I was saved through the ministry of a Baptist church in Detroit and they preached repentance in the acceptance of Christ. Now I understood acceptance with no problem but on the other hand repentance was causing me some problems. It was explained to me that it was a turning away from sin, but that being human we could never achieve a sinless state. I thought “Ok, what have you got that can confuse me a little more?” I need to turn away from sin in order to attain what? Aren’t I saved now? So I made an appointment to speak with our Youth Director and he told me to read Romans 6 and then get back to him.
And, that’s what I did. Then when I had finished, I read it again and then again. It talked about grace and how we shouldn’t continue in our sin in order that grace might increase. How we who have been baptized into Christ have been baptized into His death and that how through that just as Christ was raised from the dead, we might walk in newness of life. I learned that my sin was crucified with him and done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. Sin should no longer reign in my life and I should not obey its lusts. I should present myself to God as one alive from the dead, an instrument of righteousness to God. Sin should not reign over me for I am not under the law, but under grace. Praise the Lord! But it does not end here. Should we then continue to sin because we are under grace and not the law? When we present ourselves as slaves of obedience, we are slaves to the one we obey either to sin which results in death or obedience which results in righteousness. Because we have been freed from sin, we became slaves of righteousness. What benefit were we deriving from the things which we are now ashamed? The outcome of those things is death. Now, having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, we derive our benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome - eternal life.
The chapter then ends with verse 23 - “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The chapter talks about repentance (a turning away from sin), it recognizes our human frailties and the fact that we cannot reach a sinless state, it talks about holiness in our lives, and it then promises us eternal life. Now, if you have any questions regarding what I have written do not hesitate, I am available, but first reread the chapter and then get back to me.