What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? (Romans 6:1-2)
Paul is saying after we have been saved through Christ, we DIED to SIN, past tense.So how do we, as believers who DIED to SIN still live and continue on a sinful lifestyle? Same question Paul asked… HOW? Are we to continue on sinning after we have been saved?
The answer is NO, after we’ve been saved through Christ and died to sin, we are now alive in Christ and we’re not to sin anymore. But we Christians still do sin, right? That’s true, no one is perfect, all of humanity fall short of God’s glory and we’re all sinners. In fact Paul said this when he was already a Christian “The good that I want I do not do but I practice the very evil that I do not want.”
So what does these verses means? It means as believers we shouldn’t be comfortable in sinning; we should recognize our sins right away and ask for forgiveness. It means after we’ve received salvation through Christ and received TRUE conversion, it is impossible for us to be comfortable committing sins, that we should no longer be slaves to sin, because anyone who has died to sin has been freed from sin. (Rom. 6:6-7)
If we’re a believer of Christ, and we’re comfortable in sinning, we need to start thinking whether we had a genuine conversion in Christ; we need to start thinking to whom we put our faith in?
It’s never too late. Don’t say we can’t come to Jesus because we’re sinning; don’t say we are not worthy to come to Him because of your sinful nature. The MORE we’re being slave to sin the MORE we need Jesus.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
Put your trust and faith in Jesus today. God bless you all!
* Exerpt on Toby Logsdon’s lesson on Romans 6:1-2: http://biblestudypodcasts.org/index.php/archives/675