In the past couple of chapters, we looked at how we are justified by faith, and being saved while we are sinners. So, the natural question is whether it matters if we sin. I love the way Paul answers this question after he asks it.
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?”
In my head I hear this with a lot of passion in it. Then Paul says basically the same thing in verse 15:
15 “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!”
Again, I hear so much passion in this statement. This is obviously an important point, and something that needed to be talked about when Paul wrote this letter. It is something that needs talked about and understood now too. I am confident that Paul spent this much time on this topic because it is so easy to think that “this” sin will be okay. I’ll be forgiven, and then I won’t do it again. Then, the next time it is again easy to think that doing it one more time won’t hurt. I’ll be forgiven again.
That is an extremely dangerous place to be. It is easy to cross the line into sin, and can be very difficult to cross back. We need to stay as far away from that as possible.
16 “Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?”
We are either slaves to sin or to obedience resulting in righteousness. We each must make that choice. We are justified by faith, and then that faith should lead to obedience. It is all really summed up in the last verse of chapter 6:
23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
– Andrew Hamilton