Paul 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.
- Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?
- How shall we who died to sin still live in it?
- 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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