Unlimited: By No Means!
Oct 21, 2022 2328
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! (Romans 6:15.)
The apostle is horrified at the idea that the grace of God should ever be used as an excuse for sin. Instead of allowing sin, grace deals with the sin at its root. God forgives sin and credits you with his own righteousness through Christ. As a result of your salvation, God can send his Holy Spirit into your life, so that it can be aligned with his will. All of this is the work of grace.
The law cannot deal with the issue of sin except to point it out and condemn us. The law is powerless against sin. It is only the grace of God that can deal with the problem of sin in our lives.
Shall we sin? By no means!
It is important to see that the tense of the Greek verb that Paul uses is the present subjunctive, translated here as “shall we sin,” and refers to a single act: in other words, to occasional sin. This is different to the tense that Paul used in Romans 6:1. There he uses the aorist subjunctive, translated as “shall we go on sinning,” which refers to habitual and continual sin. This tells us that while a child of God will continue to commit sins, habitual sin is not to be part of the life of someone who is under the grace of God.
Is there habitual sin in your life? Dedicate next week to allowing the Holy Spirit to start the process of removing it from your life. Seek trusted, professional Christian help if you need to.