ISSL Reflections May 1 2022 Romans 6:1–14 Post 1

ISSL Reflections May 1 2022 Romans 6:1–14 Post 1
Paul asks, “What then are we to say?”

As you read these few paragraphs from Paul’s letter to Christians in Rome, what do you take as his main theme?

Read it once and pay attention to the word or words that come across to you with the most emphasis.

Rest in that first reading, then read it again, and notice what Paul wants us to take to heart.

Romans 6:1-14 (New Revised Standard Version)

What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

The words “sin” and “death” occur frequently in these paragraphs.

Is that Paul’s main theme?

“Grace” is a word that occurs much, much less frequently. Could that be his theme?

Do we discover the essence of this passage by counting the occurrence of certain words or by some other means?

Read Paul’s words again, and pay attention to not only the words but to Paul’s concern for and care for the recipients of this letter.

What does Paul have to say to you?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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