“Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound…” Romans 6:1
Living in sin is not an option of living at all. The bible says that the wages of sin is death. If we choose to live a life of sin we will find out that it is the way to eternal pain and suffering. We must remember that we are all born with a sinful nature so we must live and abide in Christ in order to live eternally.
“Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Psalm 51:5
“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2
The question is, “How do we live a life in Christ?” First, we must understand the reason for the crucifixion of Jesus. Jesus came to die for the sins of the world; thus, giving us grace. The purpose of grace is to allow us who are sinful to be pardoned and have the opportunity to be saved. Grace itself does not take away our sin. Grace opens the door to salvation meaning we can go before God ourselves. Grace makes our very existence valid in life. Without grace, we have no way to be saved and are subject to the consequences of sin which is death. However, Jesus bought us back with his blood not because he had to but because HE LOVES US. (1Peter1:18-20) Grace is a not a given right but rather it is a gift: eternal life. In Romans 6:2 we read that we are forbidden to live any longer to sin now that we are under grace. This means that grace is not to be abused. Grace is not for us to live a sinful life of pleasure and lust because we have the ability to come back to God any time we feel. Grace allows all of us who are born already into sin without choice the chance to be saved and used by God.
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” Colossians 3:1
It is useless to be baptized and live in sin. Baptism is symbolic of the death of the old man. Living a double life in sin and Christ defiles baptism and is despised by God. (Revelation 3:16)
In Romans 6:3-4 we are told that we are baptized into the death of Christ. Note that Jesus died because of sin, thus baptism is symbolic of the old sinful man dying spiritually. Though we may sin and still fall at times in our Christian walk, this does not mean we need to be continually baptized. Baptism is symbolic of the death of the sinful mind of the old man and turning to Christ. It does not mean that we will never sin. In verse 4, we are told to walk in the “newness of life” meaning we are walking with a new spiritual understanding.
“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” Romans 8:11
You may ask yourself, “How do I walk in the newness of life? How do I leave the pleasures and lusts of this world behind?” In Romans 8:11 it says that the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead “quicken your mortal bodies”. In other words, the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, the Holy Ghost, will strengthen you and help you overcome sin and temptation. Know that God will never give you more than you can handle or that which he has not equipped you for. Though it may not be easy when following Christ, never will He leave you helpless or alone.
In Romans 6:5-6, we are told that our old man is crucified with Jesus in baptism. Thus, we cannot expect our change to always come quickly or easily. However, just as Jesus struggled to walk to Calvary and die, we shall be strengthened by the same spirit that raised Him up.
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 16:24-25
Living in sin is a long-term investment for pain and suffering. Living in sin is not living at all. It is death. If we seek eternal life we must seek the one who died for us and has power over death and life. Only He can make you clean and fully whole again. We have been given such a beautiful gift of grace so let us seek God and put Him first.