Archive for October 9th, 2013

Romans 6

“Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?” This is how Paul opens the next chapter of his letter to the Romans, and a question I have often thought about. If God will forgive us for any sin we commit, then why should we even try not to sin? I have grown up with several definite guidelines of what is right and wrong, but why should we adhere to such rules when Jesus has saved us, regardless of our mistakes? Apparently this was also a common question in the early church, especially from questioning Jews, and Paul responds with a very poetic, but clear question: “How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6: 3) In choosing to follow Christ, we have also chosen to die, in a sense, with Him. As Paul writes in verse 11, “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

Later in the chapter, Paul repeats the question, then addresses it using the imagery of slavery. From verse 16: “Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?” God offers us salvation from our sin, but we cannot continue to sin and gain from Christ’s sacrifice at the same time. It’s that simple. We have a choice: to follow Him or our sinful temptations, and can only follow one at a time, so each time we sin we are separated from the perfection of God until we repent. So what will we choose, life or death? Slavery to our Saviour or the one who wants to take us away from Him? I pray that, when I am tempted that I can definitively choose life.

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