{Should We Continue In Sin So Grace Will Increase?}

watts-1012402_1280Paul has spent the first five chapters of the book of Romans teaching the depravity of all mankind and their need of a Savior. Along with this teaching, he has also introduced us to the provision and the grace of God that came through His Son Jesus Christ.

The main themes we have seen in chapters 1-5 are:

  • God’s wrath against unrighteousness
  • Mankind’s Depravity
  • Grace through Faith Alone
  • Justification, (God declares us righteous by imputing Christ’s righteousness to our account.)

 

Starting in Romans 6 Paul is going to move from the previous works of grace to the work of grace in our sanctification. Paul says in Romans 6:3,

Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?

In this verse, Paul begins to unfold the grace of God that has set us aside unto holiness, the Holy Spirits work of “Sanctification.” After teaching the act of sanctification that sets us apart and frees us from the power of sin, he will move on to teach the ongoing work of sanctification that is at work in us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Before he moves into chapter 6 explaining the process of sanctification Paul is going to ask a series of questions to help us understand the importance of knowing that we have died to sin and that we are  no longer to walk as if we have not died to sin.

The Questions

  1. Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?
  2. How shall we who died to sin still live in it?
  3. Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?

When we look back at the previous chapters we see that God hates sin. Sin separates us from God.

Because of sin:

  • The wrath of God rests on us. Romans 1:18
  • God gave all mankind over to their sin. Romans 1:19-23

In chapters 3-5, we learn that God provided a sacrifice to save us from the power of sin that we were trapped in.

  • God displayed Christ as a propitiation for our sin. Romans 3:25
  • God displayed His love for us. While we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Those which have been justified by faith must answer these questions the same as the apostle Paul:

May it never be!

We who have died to the power of sin must no longer live in it! The answers to these questions seem so obvious don’t they? But there are some who do think that it makes sense to continue in sin so that the grace of God would increase. Again I agree with Paul, “MAY IT NEVER BE!” Those who think this way are more than likely spiritually dead or they are still  immature in their walk.  If we love those around us we will teach them and train them in the truths of God’s Word!

Did you think that because of God’s abundant grace that it was ok to continue in sin? I pray that these questions have stirred a desire in you to dig deeper into the word of God.

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27 thoughts on “{Should We Continue In Sin So Grace Will Increase?}

  1. miragonz says:

    I am a sinner, which is why I need a Saviour, and I am sad to say that I still do knowingly and willingly sin sometimes. But that doesn’t mean it is right. As Christians we should try to live our lives the best we can as thank you to our Lord for all He has done and saved us from. Great post!

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  2. danahoebeke says:

    excellent study…yes, unfortunately many (including me at times) live in a way that takes that grace Christ so freely gave us for granted. May it not be so Lord Jesus, may we seek Your face each day and choose the more excellent path.

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    • Lisa says:

      Thank you for your kind, encouraging word Dana! Unfortunately, I too take His grace for granted at times. Thank you for that prayer!I am glad you stopped by today! God Bless:)

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    • Lisa says:

      Praising God with you Samantha for His forgiveness! I love that God reminds us over and over again in His word. I am in constant need of it. Thank you for visiting today! God Bless:)

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  3. Rachel G says:

    Good reminder. This is one of my Mom’s favorite Bible passages, so as soon as I saw your title I instantly responded with “May it never be!” 🙂

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    • Lisa says:

      Thank you, Rachael! She apparently shared that verse with you as well! That is great. We all should use that phrase more often! Thank you so much for stopping by today! God Bless:)

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  4. Marissa says:

    I have heard this exact sentiment from others… I always go back to the call to “renew our minds” daily with the Spirit and to have our expectations align more and more with God’s – as a result sin becomes less and less. While it will never fully be gone while we are on this earth, it’s a sign that I am continuing to focus on my Lord and Savior first.

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    • Lisa says:

      Yes, Marissa, we will never completely escape sin in this life. Renewing our mind, and aligning our expectations with God does have results and i is exactly what we need to do. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Sheila says:

    Mercy and grace are what we obtain when we are saved. If we truly accept Christ as our Beloved Redeemer we should be working on dying to self daily, rather than living for self. The gift of God’s grace and mercy are so precious to me I am truly grieved when I find myself in sin. I am humbled by a generous God who does forgive me and draws me close to His heart and demonstrates His love for me. Dying to self is a daily process and my heart desires to produce good seed….not remain dead in my sin. Great message…..I am signing up! I love how The Message puts it:
    John 12:24-25The Message
    24-25 “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.

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    • Lisa says:

      Yes, Shelia, God’s mercy and grace should compel us to die to self daily. Your testimony is encouraging, I can hear a heart that desires to walk close with the Lord. Thank you for sharing! I am so excited that you are joining in!! Thank you for your kind words:)

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  6. Lori @ Frog's Lilypad says:

    Lisa, this is wonderful! No, we are not to knowingly continue in sin, but because we are human God’s grace covers our sinfulness. We are to work on removing whatever that sin is and until we do, God can’t truly bless us the way He wants to. Thank you for sharing with Thankful Thursdays,

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    • Lisa says:

      Yes, Lori God’s grace covers our sinfulness!!! Praising Him for that grace! Yes, again, we are to work on removing the sin that still dwells in us. Praise God He has given us His power through the Spirit to prompt and guide us. Always a pleasure to be a part of Thankful Thursday!

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