Understand when I say unbaptized, I mean that you may be saved this morning, but you are not totally surrendered to the Lord in some area of your life. Allow the Lord to speak to your hearts today and allow to Lord to reveal to each one of us which area of our lives we need to totally surrender to Him so we can serve Him as He deserves to be served. That’s the resurrected life.

In Luke chapter 14, Jesus also tells us what it takes to live the resurrected life. In verses 26, 27 & 33 Jesus says,

"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

   

And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

   

So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple."

I want to look at three different levels of existence that we see in the world and ask yourself this question, which area do you live in.

#1) There is the natural life:

This is the basic stage of human existence. Much of the world finds itself here.

We are born with natural life. The Bible calls it the "natural man." I Corinthians 2:14 says,

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

Paul of course is talking about the unregenerate man or the lost man. He is saying that the unsaved cannot understand Spiritual things because they are spiritually discerned. This is the natural life. This is how all humans start out. We have a body and a soul at birth but we are Spiritually stillborn or spiritually dead.

Colossians 2:13,

"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened (made alive) together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;"

Ephesians 2:1,

"And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;"

If you’re here today and have never been "saved" or "born again", then you are spiritually dead from birth. Jesus told a very religious but lost man named Nicodemus that "ye must be born again."

Because of the sin of our first human parents, Adam and Eve, the Bible says that we inherited the sin nature. Romans 5:12,

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"

At the natural level of life, man sees himself as the master of his own destiny, the ruler of his

own fate. He believes that he is in control of his own life and he is, in his own eyes, god.

#2) There is the Reformed Life:

Here man acknowledges that there exists a being who has abilities far greater than himself. He practices self restraint but not spiritual submission. He may even participate in religious practices and customs but it’s only external in nature and mostly for show.

There is no internal change; there is no INNER EVIDENCE of a divine encounter.

Illustration:

A man walked up to a vending machine, put in a coin, pressed the buttons labeled, "coffee, double cream, sugar." No cup appeared, but the nozzles went into action sending forth coffee, cream and sugar. After the proper amounts had gone down the drain, the machine turned off. "Now that’s real automation," said the man. "This thing even drinks it for you." That is just how some people want their faith. They want to make a deposit, put in some money and let the rest be taken care of automatically. But, there is no such thing as automated prayers, devotion, worship in song or service. The resurrected life requires personal discipline.

Romans 6:11 says,

"Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord."

What does the word "reckon" mean? It is one thing "to know"; it is something else "to reckon." Many people have a general knowledge of the truths of these chapters but never enter into the good of them because they fail to reckon them true in experience. To "reckon" means to consider the facts that God wants us to know to be true and to act accordingly. It means to live as if it is so. This reckoning reminds us that we should no longer yield to the urges of the sin principle, to which we have died, but that we should now give ourselves to the will of God, to whom we are alive.

#3) And lastly there is the Resurrected Life:

It is here in this sixth chapter of Romans that Paul tries to get us to understand the true meaning of the Christian life. That the Christian life is far different from the natural life. – the life you’re born with…

The Christian life is far more than just a reformed life.

That the Christian life can’t be obtained and lived on our own merits and that it can’t be lived in our own power and limited understanding.

Paul wants you and I to understand that the Christian life is a life of obedience, submission, and identification with the Lord Jesus Christ. The Christian life can only be lived on the resurrection side of the cross.

It is only through the death of the old man, the burial of the old life, and resurrection to a new existence and new nature that the Christian life can be truly lived.

Paul wants you and I to know that the reality of the Christian walk can only be found in the evidence of the resurrected life.

Paul said in II Corinthians 5:17,

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

I want to share quickly three profound words that Paul uses here in the book of Romans that will help you to understand how to live the resurrected life:

#1) The word "KNOW" or "Knowing" used in Verses 3, 6 & 9,

The fact that Paul uses this word repeatedly in this 6th chapter indicates that there is a basic doctrine we need to understand.

And that is "That Christian living depends on Christian Knowing"

Romans 6:3 says,

"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?"       

Paul says we need to know that just as we are identified with Adam in sin and condemnation

so we must now be identified with Christ through His death burial and resurrection.

· What is it Paul wants us to know?

· THAT THE RESURRECTED LIFE INVOLVES A CHANGE IN RELATIONSHIP

· Paul says we are now DEAD TO SIN.

·Our relationship to sin has changed and we are no longer living for the benefit of sin.

·We no longer desire to answer the call of sin. We are said to be dead to anything when we cease to be under its influence.

If a drunk dies, he’s no longer tempted by alcohol, because his body is dead to all physical senses. He can’t see it, smell it, taste it or desire it. Why? Because our relationship has changed and because we are dead to it.

THEN WE DON’T HAVE TO SERVE SIN any longer! We are free to live a life of holiness and victory in Jesus.

Thank God we no longer are servants to sin. Because we have been buried with Christ into his death, we now can walk with him in the newness of life.

#2) The word Reckon

· The Greek word for reckon is used 41 times in the New Testament and 19 times in Romans alone.

· Here in the text Paul uses this word to mean "PUT ON ONE’S ACCOUNT."

· It means we can believe that what God has said about you in his word is really true in your life.

· Paul didn’t tell his readers to feel like they were dead to sin, He didn’t tell them to try to understand it. He said because God said it, we need to act on it because we already have it.

· To reckon means to walk in faith.

· God says …believe it. AND ACT ON IT!!

Because of the resurrected life we can reckon that everything God said we have is ours now!

#3) The third word is Yield:

· The word yield is used 5 times in this chapter

· It means to present, to offer as a sacrifice

· It means the believer is to offer his life as a living sacrifice to God.

· Paul wrote in chapter. 12, "I beseech you brothers by the mercies of God that you present yourselves unto God as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God."

· Because we have died to the old life, we are to yield this new life as a living sacrifice to God.

In the Old Testament, sacrifices were dead sacrifices, but God wants the New Testament believer to live for Him.

Paul says we are to yield our bodies unto God.

The resurrected life is a life of surrender to God.

No longer do we use our bodies for the purposes of sin. We use them to glorify God.

Because Christ died, we died with him. Because he was buried, we were buried with him

Because Christ rose from the dead, we too can life the resurrected life, We can walk in the newness of life submitting our life totally to God.

KNOW, RECKON, & YIELD. What about you this morning?

First of all, are you saved? Have you been born again by the blood of Christ? Have you come to Jesus asking for forgiveness for your sins and trusted Him as your personal Savior? If you haven’t, then you need to come to Him for salvation. Then you can begin to live the resurrected life.

You may be here and you are already saved but you are still living for self and you haven’t fully surrendered your life and your will to the Lord and you want to come this morning and give Him all of yourself. You want to live the resurrected life. Then you come as well and pray for the Lord to help you.

Perhaps you’re here and you’ve already been saved and you want to surrender to be baptized or to join this church so you can serve the Lord with us here at New Durham Baptist, then you come also. Whatever your need, you come as we sing.