Full text of renowned Bible teacher Derek Prince’s teaching on the book of Romans (Romans 6:1 – 6:23): Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ.
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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher
We are now commencing stage 8 of our pilgrimage which will deal with the first part of Romans chapter 6.
In the previous session we dealt with the second half of Romans chapter 5 and a very elaborate complicated comparison between Adam and Jesus. I won’t try to summarize that, it’s too complicated.
But we’ll go on now to something that is a little more simple but very drastic, and that is Romans 6. This is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. I’ve lived in this chapter for so long but there’s still so much new. Every time I read it I find something fresh that I didn’t know before.
Now the title for this stage of our journey is “God’s Solution for the Old Man: Execution.” God has no plan B for our old man. He doesn’t send him to church or Sunday School. He doesn’t teach him to memorize Scripture. He has sentenced him to death and there’s no reprieve, there’s no alternative.
You see, we’ve already dealt with the forgiveness of our past sins, that was in Romans 3. That’s very wonderful but it’s not all that we need.
Again, I will go back for a few moments to my own boyhood in the Anglican church to whom I owe many debts of gratitude but in the Anglican church in those days — it may be different today in the Episcopal church — but every Sunday morning ‘round about 11:00 o’clock we said the general confession. I can remember these words, they’ll never depart from me. “Pardon us miserable offenders,” etc.
Well, every time we said that I certainly acknowledged that I was an offender — I wasn’t always too miserable about it — and my attitude was if religion can’t do more than make me a miserable offender, I can be an offender without religion and not nearly so miserable.
But I always had this feeling, maybe I got my sins forgiven. I mean I was never quite sure. In fact, my attitude about religion at that time was its function was to make you feel guilty. And I thought I’d achieved something tremendous if I could walk out of church feeling slightly guilty.
I didn’t know that there was anything beyond that. But I just wondered did God really forgive my sins?
But the embarrassing thing was I walked out of that church knowing full well that next week I was going to go on committing the same sins.
And the question was: Do I please God by confessing sins that I’m going to go on committing or do I provoke Him? I really never came to a clear answer to that question.
But you see, here’s the answer in Romans 6. It’s one thing to have your past sins forgiven, that’s tremendous. But it’s not all, because inside every one of us, without exception, every one of us descended from Adam, there dwells a rebel.
And even if our past sins have been forgiven, that old rebel inside us is going to go on committing the same kind of sins unless he’s dealt with. It’s a significant fact of history that Adam never begot any children until he was a rebel.