Nov 15, 2015 1228
What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? (Romans 6:1-2).
Paul teaches us that God’s grace covers all our sin: past, present and future. And “where sin increased grace increased all the more.”
But there were some antinomians in the assembly at Rome who believed that now they were living under grace they no longer needed to observe the Ten Commandments.
Paul had made it clear that no one could be saved by observing the law because the law only had power to condemn us, not to save us. On the other hand, however, while Christians are saved by grace alone, Christians who have been saved live in harmony with God’s righteous commands. They do not abuse or disrespect their parents or spouses, they do not kill, steal, lie or commit incest.
There are so-called Christian communes and monasteries that have been responsible for God’s name becoming dirt among unbelievers because certain people in these places have not lived in harmony with God’s righteous law.
And there are so-called Christians who live in our communities who drive while talking on their hand-held cell phones; who pay less tax than they should; who are not always truthful in what they say, and who see no problem with uttering an occasional swear word.
As Christians who represent the Lord Jesus we should always be above reproach. Make that your goal, especially in front of your children.