Why Not Continue in Sin?
23 January 2022 AM – Romans 6:1-7 – Rom2022 – Scott Childs
Introduction: In Romans 5, we learned that God’s grace is overflowing! No matter how bad our sin may be, God’s grace is greater. God offers us more divine help through Christ’s death and resurrection than we will ever need.
Because God’s grace overflows, is it okay to keep lying, disobeying, getting angry, being bitter, lusting, being selfish or doing other sin? Won’t our sins give God opportunity to apply His grace? Paul anticipated these questions in Romans 6:1, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?“
Transition: Paul then answers these questions for us today in Romans 6:2-7. However, before we look at his answers, the KJBC makes a helpful observation. “Paul addresses justification in Rom 5 and sanctification in Rom 6. Justification deals with the penalty for sin; sanctification deals with the power of sin. Justification is a declarative act of God. Sanctification is a progressive act of God. Both works of God deal with the sinner: justification with the unsaved sinner; sanctification with the saved sinner. The end result of justification is salvation; the end result of sanctification is obedience.” With that in mind, let’s see how Paul answers the questions in Romans 6:1.
The brief answer is, “Of course not!”