As discussed in the previous week's study, Romans 6, 7, and 8 should be studied together, as the singular message it is. People who are merely religious often study Chapter 7 only, and miss the real point that Paul was trying to make.
And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. II Peter 3: 15-17
Peter gave this warning of how imperative it is to study the scriptures cautiously, or it may be to your own destruction. Be careful about who is teaching you the scriptures. We must take the time to get into God's Word our self. People have carelessly been led away, by the error of the wicked, because they did not take the time to carefully know what The Bible teaches.
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.Romans 6:6-10
The thought is that we can have complete victory over the flesh, but you must live to the spirit of God. The fleshly nature needs to be dead so that we have the ability to crucify the flesh. Sanctification has to do with the Spirit of God. By the grace of God, we crucify the flesh. The old man, which we were, gave in to the flesh. Our will and our way must die. All the temptations that come against the flesh, we must crucify.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:11The word reckon means you take charge in your life and you make it happen that way. Without the love of God, it is beyond us. When God saves us, He supplies us with the full ability to live free from sin. God will help us to fight and avoid temptation. But, we don’t have full access to all the strength we need for the long-term before we are sanctified. When temptation comes in, we deny ourselves that sin, as if we are not alive to that sin. We do all the things in life that are good, but when it comes to sin, we act like we are dead, so that we won't do it. We take control by the grace, strength, and help of God.
Yield unto God and obey him. Many people teach that you don’t have to be subject to any law. Grace means that we no longer need a law to keep God’s rules. The law was an external constraint. We can now have an internal love for God and a change of purpose. Grace is not a license to sin. We prove who we are serving, by what we do, not by what we say. We show we are God's servant, by obeying Him. The heart is where we obey from. The infirmity of the flesh reminds us, it is weak and so we must be spiritually watchful with all carefulness. The end of sin is spiritual death. Holiness in the heart, by the Spirit of God, brings everlasting life.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. Romans 6:12-13