Shall We Continue in Sin that Grace May Abound? Romans 6:1-7
- Does God expect Christians to live holy lives?
- Is it possible for a Christian to live a sinless Christian life?
- Is it possible for a Christian to struggle with sin and still be a genuine beleiver?
Eric: How would you describe salvation: a free gift or an earned reward?
Romans 3:24 We are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Romans 5:15 The grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
Romans 5:16 The free gift is of many offences unto justification.
Romans 5:17 They which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.
- We are saved freely by grace alone, not because of some work that we do for God, either in order to get saved or to stay saved! This means that eternal life is completely a free gift.
Victor: If salvation is a free gift, then why should I live a holy life?
Romans 6:3-4 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
- The word baptized means placed into…signifying a new relationship or identification with Christ that we did not previously have.
- He then says that we have been placed into Christ, by the Spirit: 1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
- Those who have been placed into/baptized into Christ by the Spirit are called/expected to walk in newness of life.
2 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.
- We should walk as new creatures because we are now identified with Christ and members of a new family.
Mr. Biney: Does living a holy life matter?
Romans 6:6-7 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.
- Yes, living a holy life is important, because this is one of the main reasons that God saved us.
- Before our conversion, we are slaves to sin, and under its rule and authority. Christ saved us by His death so that the body of sin might be destroyed and that we should no longer serve sin as a slave to a cruel master.
- Serving sin is like serving a cruel master who is killing you, and who has no right to demand your allegiance and obedience.
Romans 8:2-5 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
- God saved us in part so that the righteous requirements of the law would be revealed in us. He wants us to obey His laws, and He enables us to do His will through the new birth. He does not do this to add to our salvation. It is part of what He does in us when He saves us.
- Many people incorrectly think that faith + works = Eternal Life. This is not what the Bible teaches. Instead, the Bible teaches that Faith Alone in Christ Alone = Eternal Life which will be evidenced by a changed life. Bible salvation is free, but does not leave you as you were before your conversion. It radically changes you.
- Living a holy life is one of the evidences that follow a genuine trust in Christ for eternal life.
Eric: Is it possible to live a holy life?
- Yes, but not sinless perfection.
Romans 6:4-6 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
- We have been planted in the likeness of His death.
- With this death of the old man, we have been freed from our slave master sin: This means that we no longer have to serve sin.
- We have been raised in the likeness of His resurrection.
Victor: How is it possible?
- We have been planted in the likeness of His death: This means that the old man has been put to death.
- With this death of the old man, we have been freed from our slave master sin: This means that we no longer have to serve sin. We have a new master Christ.
- We have been raised in the likeness of His resurrection: This means that we are a new creature, whose will once was in bondage to sin, but has now been freed to obey God purely from the heart.
Mr. Biney: Do all believers live holy lives?
- All believers will have some evidence that they are in Christ, but no believer will live in sinless perfection.
Romans 6:4-6 We also should walk in newness of life…we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection…henceforth we should not serve sin.
- The future: We will be in the likeness of His resurrection
- The present: We should walk in newness of life and should not serve sin.
- The future: A promise of sinless perfection.
- The present: A command to walk in obedience.
- The future: Glorification: God is going to deliver us from sin completely, where we will have a glorified body that cannot sin, will not be tempted, and will never again experience the affects of the fall.
- The present: Sanctification: We are going through a daily process of becoming more and more likely Christ. This process is never complete until we die and stand complete before the Lord in our eternal glorified body.
1 John 1:6-2:3; 12-13 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments…I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one.
- Notice the content of this letter and its parallel teaching to Romans 6: we sin, though we should not. There is a cleansing available to all believers so that fellowship with God can be restored whenever it is lost. This is a relational forgiveness not a legal forgiveness. There are certain evidences that accompany genuine faith. Though no believer walks in sinless perfection, his way of life has a character that is distinct and in opposition to his former way of life in the world. The believer is called an overcomer whose sins are already forgiven, because his complete salvation is secure, based upon the promise and power of God, not in his imperfect performance as a Christian.
Eric: Doesn’t God get more glory as a gracious God the more I sin?
Romans 6:1-2 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?
- Paul anticipated this question, but in his mind it was a foolish question. Rather than answering the question yes or no, he presents a series of reasons why every believer should walk in holiness.
Victor: So what is the point of salvation?
- Our salvation is multi-dimensional to the intent that God will be glorified and adored.
- We are justified: God declares us righteous, based upon the righteousness of Christ imputed to us freely, meaning we are viewed by God as righteous and free from any legal guilt.
- We are saved: God saved us from the wrath we justly deserve now and forever. He saved us from the bondage of our fallen wills, freeing us to walk in holiness, and He delivers us from the corruption of sin, death, and the grave. All that was lost in the fall will be restored, and we will enjoy Him eternally in His Kingdom ruling and reigning with Him forever.
- We are adopted: God legally makes us His child and ultimately we will be joint heirs with Christ and members of His household.
- We are called saints: He not only declares us righteous, but through a lifelong process of sanctification, He personally shapes our characters and wills into the image of His Son.
- We are called overcomers: We must enter the Kingdom after a life of suffering and perseverance. When we enter His Kingdom, He will welcome us as those who have overcome and will enter into the joy of the Lord.
- We are redeemed: He has purchased us to be His holy bride forever.
Mr. Biney: How would you challenge our listeners?
Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him?
- Do not neglect to respond to the gospel!
- Trust in Christ, turning from your self-righteousness and pride to be saved by the gift of His righteousness, through His sacrificial death on the cross and triumph over death in the resurrection!
- Live out the obvious implications of your position in Christ!
- Rejoice in what God has accomplished so that you could be redeemed.