Ahh, sin. How many times has this been covered in the church? The problem is that I still don’t think that we understand what it is all about. Read Romans chapter 6, and then take a look at my thoughts.
The first thing that I would like to draw your attention to, is the very first sentence. If we’re saved by grace, can we keep on sinning? It is not so much the answer that I’m talking about, but the question itself. Paul is asked this question a few times, twice here and in other locations too. Do you preach the gospel? Do you ever tell anyone about what Jesus has done for us? If you do this, and no one has ever asked you if they can keep on sinning, then maybe you haven’t explained it properly. I’m not saying this as a judgement, I am merely saying that the gospel sounds almost ‘too good to be true’. If we understand that we are completely forgiven for all of our sins, past, present and future, then this question should come up. Very often, we preach against sin, what not to do. We make such a big fuss about doing the right thing, and repentance, that we very seldom have people actually asking us this question. This is a problem. Now please don’t get me wrong, I am not condoning sin, not by any stretch of the imagination. I am merely making the point that our sin has been forgiven, and we are preaching an accurate gospel message, we should get the same question asked that Paul did.
So what is the deal with sin. We WERE sinners, we are now a NEW CREATION. By default this means that we are no longer sinners. This is why it irritates me when we refer to ourselves as ‘sinners saved by grace’. If we are sinners then we have not been saved by grace, and if we have been saved by grace, then we are no longer sinners. Does this mean that we don’t sometimes give into sin? No, we do still actually sin, but we are no longer ‘sinners’. Verse 14 says that we are no longer slaves to sin, but verse 12 tells us not to give into sin. You see we used to be controlled by sin, we almost had no choice, but now we are covered by grace. This means that we are now in control of our sin that the other way around. We now have the power to turn our back on sin, we have the power to choose not to sin. Not in our own power, but because of what Jesus has done for us, but we have the ability none the less. Sin still kills, it still causes us harm and it still gives the devil a foothold. It is still something that needs to be rooted out of our lives, make no mistake about this. Having said this, it has lost its power. We now have the power. Power in the name of Jesus. We have been given the grace and power to root sin our of our lives, in order to take the power from the enemy. Use the opportunity.
Take a look from verse 20 to the end of the chapter. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. This is what I am talking about, we need to do the things that lead to holiness, not things that will give the devil and his helpers a foothold in your life.
So there you have it. When I get asked if I believe in grace or works, I say, “both”. We are saved by grace, no amount of works will earn us salvation, trust me. Having said that, sin is never good, it is always to our detriment. We don’t need to earn our salvation, and there is no condemnation for us, but we do need to root sin out of our lives.
Identify any sin in your life, and get rid of it.