What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Romans 6:1-2.
It is erroneous for anyone, especially Christians, to think that it is okay to continue to sin so that God’s grace may abound toward us. It seems that was the attitude of some Christians who thought, “where sin abounded, grace abounded much more” (Rom 5:20). Yet sadly, this is the philosophy of life that many “Christians” live by today! There’s a danger in the kind of thinking that says (we can continue to sin because of God’s grace and forgiveness). This kind of thinking and believing leads to a life that becomes more and more entrenched in the ways of sin. It will eventually lead to total enslavement to sin. Paul uses terms such as, “servants of sin” (Rom 6:6) and “instruments of unrighteousness” (Rom 6:13) to describe lives under sins sway.
Paul answers this antinomian distortion of the doctrine of grace. He does so by the fundamental truth that true believers are identified as “being in Christ” by virtue of being baptized into Christ and into His death. Their old life of sin and the sin nature is buried with Him. Rom 6:3-7. When the individual gets saved they are translated from sins realm into the realm of Life in Christ Jesus. (Rom 6:2,12). Believers cannot be a slave to sin and be a slave to Christ at the same time. (Rom 6:11-13, 16-18). Those who offer themselves to sin will find themselves in bondage with the end results being spiritual death. (Rom 6:16,23). The wages of sin is death. (Rom 6:23). But the gift of God is life eternal. (Rom 6:23).
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