What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can 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 were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
The word 'sin' is not popular these days, but the word 'grace' abounds. Many people live accommodating sin in their lives while rationalizing it is okay because the grace they received from God wipes out all their sin no matter how much they sin. Satan loves to take truth and twist it. He is the ultimate liar.
Yes, God, by His grace (unmerited favor) forgave all of our sins (past, present, future) when we repented and believed the gospel. No, believers do not have a license to sin to make grace (unmerited favor) abound. No, we are not to accommodate sin in our lives because all our sins are forgiven.
Listen to the Apostle Paul, “Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?” “By no means!” Believers have received grace (all the resources of God) to obey God, not to accommodate sin. Upon believing the gospel a person receives the Holy Spirit and all the resources needed to live by God’s will (Ephesians 1:13-14, 19-20; 3:20; 2 Peter 1:3-4). When a believer is baptized in water, he is acknowledging he was baptized into Jesus’ death and burial, and raised to live a new life, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father.
What happens if a believer accommodates sin in his life?
The believer’s heavenly Father disciplines him like an earthly father disciplines his child. The discipline is done out of love for the child. Hebrews 12:5-11 explains how God disciplines His children (believers) out of love for them. God disciplines His children so they will not accommodate sin in their lives which leads to death. God desire is for His children to repent of their sin because of the painful discipline and instead experience the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
Are you accommodating sin in your life instead of living a new life?
You don’t need to any longer. Do not let sin hold you back from living the best life ever. You have the power of God to overcome sin. You overcome by attempting to live God’s way expecting Him to fulfill your attempt with His power (2 Thessalonians 1:11; Galatians 2:20).
Live a new life today and everyday with God's grace.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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