Today’s Passage: Romans 6
Paul’s got two points to make here, and he uses his catch phrase to present both of ’em:
- Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! (vv. 1-2)
- Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! (vv.15)
To the first point, Paul argues that our spiritual experience parallels Christ’s own experience: like him, we die to our sin and are resurrected to a new life in righteousness. If this is true, then we have no basis for continuing to live in sin. Far as I can tell, Paul is saying, “If you’re thinking you can increase grace by sinning even more, you’re looking at it the wrong way.”
The second point intends to counter the idea that God’s grace gives us free license to sin. To this, Paul makes a point that Bob Dylan echoes in his song “Gotta Serve Somebody”: you gotta serve somebody. If you continue in sin, you’re still a slave of sin. But if you have come to God in repentance and accepted his grace, you are freed from sin and are now slaves to righteousness. Paul urges his readers to turn around, quit offering themselves as slaves to their old evils, and offer themselves instead to God so that they can serve him and grow in sanctification.
It seems to me that these are common excuses that young Christians make for their sins: that if God loves them just the way they are, then they can sin all they want and still be fine. Look, do you like living in a prison? Evil is a prison. Evil is death. Real freedom and life are found in living out the new nature that God has given you in Jesus Christ.
Had another leftover ginormous Valentine’s Day heart. I’m not a huge fan of pure milk chocolate; it’s really gotta either be dark chocolate or have some other flavor going on to dilute the raw sweetness.