Topic: Is Grace A Licence To Sin? — Friday December 15, 2017.
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” – Romans 6:1 (KJV)
In recent times, more people are beginning to antagonise the message of grace out of sheer ignorance. I hear people say they can do anything and God does not mind because He sees them in Christ and rather than live after the example of Christ, they choose to live anyhow. My question to such people is “were you ever saved?” if truly you accepted Jesus into your life; if truly you love Him, then sin will be far away from you.
The Bible is very complete. When Paul, the Apostle of Grace was teaching, in our scripture for today, he answered a very fundamental question: shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? And His response was God forbid! If you are a believer and you understand your relationship with God, then sin cannot have dominion over you. But the first thing is to accept that you have been delivered from the law and so you are no more under the law.
Beloved, you must put first things first if you must enjoy your Christian life. You must first believe right before you can do right. “Being” comes before “doing”. When you see yourself as Christ sees you, as the new creation, sin will be repulsive to you. When you have experienced the love of the Father, then nothing unclean will appeal to you.
As a new creation in Christ, what propels your actions is the genuine love for God. When you love Him, you desire to be like Him. You talk like Him; you walk like Him and when people see you they see Him in you. That is a believer.
To get the full import of the New Creation, take the time to read the book of Romans. Read it in as many translations as possible. Come to a clear understanding of grace and you will discover that you will freely and happily live above sin, not because God is carrying a hammer to hit you, but because you love Him.
Further Reading: Romans 6:1-15
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Amos 1-3; Evening- Revelation 6
Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.