What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:1-4
Paul opens this section by asking the question shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? Paul made the statement where sin abounds, grace abounds even more. Some accused Paul of being light on sin. But Paul was confronting the false teachers of the day.
There were two ends of the spectrum. There were those who were legalistic and emphasized the law and works and spoke nothing of grace. They made it seem that our standing before God was based on our performance and our works. But salvation and right standing before God is based on faith alone. But Paul also confronted those who only emphasized grace and spoke nothing of living our righteousness.
There are those today who speak of the grace of God over and over again, but speak nothing of living our righteousness. They speak of our righteousness through the finished work of Christ, but speaks nothing of sanctification. If we are truly found in Christ we are being sanctified or transformed into the image and character of Christ on a daily basis. It is impossible to claim to follow Christ and walk with Him daily and not be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Paul says that we have died to sin. If we have died to sin through the death of Jesus Christ then we cannot be mastered by it. If we are mastered by sin and living habitually in it then we are not truly dead to sin. Some struggle with sin because they simply fail to abide daily in Christ and especially fail to have a right understanding of God’s word.
When we were baptized into Christ we were baptized not only into His death but also His resurrection. We have new life through Jesus Christ. We are a brand new creation in Christ and are no longer mastered by the desires of sin. But it is vital that we daily feed our new life in Christ. If we only indulge in the things of sin the sinful nature will have dominion over us. We must abide in Christ and draw near to Him daily.
In Christ we have life and have it abundantly. But what we sow into our lives will take root and produce fruit. The Lord told me long ago that many people’s lives are simply the result of what they have sown into their lives. Those who sow the entertainment of the world that is steeped in violence and sex cannot be surprised when destruction bears fruit in their lives. But those who sow the things of God’s kingdom into their lives will reap the abundant life that Jesus spoke of. But it requires right stewardship on our part. Mature Christianity doesn’t happen on accident or by chance. It is the result of continually seeking Christ and walking with Him on a daily basis. May we seek Jesus Christ will all our heart and prepare for His near return.