SHALL WE CONTINUE IN SIN?
LUKE 7: 47 “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” (NLT)
Many ignorant people who don't understand the message of God's love and grace as expressed in the gospel say that the preaching of God's love and grace gives people license to sin. They say that telling somebody his sins are already forgiven will encourage him to continue living in a sinful lifestyle.
They believe that the doctrine of eternal salvation or forgiveness of sin in Christ is a license to sin. This is untrue and an expression of ignorance of why people live in sin. To them, the only way people can put up good conduct or love God is by attaching fear, punishment to the conduct of believers.
Are leaders of armed robbery sect preachers of God's grace? Prostitute in night clubs, are they preachers of God's grace? Who preached grace to the people of Sodom and Gomorra? Even who preached the grace message to Adam before he disobeyed God?
Are these people living in a sinful lifestyle because somebody preached eternal forgiveness to them? What about people of other religions who commit so many sinful acts? The preaching of God's grace has never been the cause of people living a sinful lifestyle.
Sin is of the flesh not of the knowledge of grace. From our opening text, when people realize how much God has forgiven them in Christ, they express much love towards God and man. The knowledge of God’s love rather restricts or compel people to love God.
Men by walking in love and obedience to God who first loved them. People continue to be wicked and evil because they have not known the love of God. Telling people about what God has done for them in Christ will cause them to renew their mind and relate positively towards God and man.
SHALL WE CONTINUE IN SIN
The regular assurance of my forgiveness in Christ makes me love God and man better. ROMANS 6: 1-2. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Every word in scripture should be defined in the context it is used. Having a single meaning and usage of a word in scripture will lead to error in biblical interpretation. One of such words is the word “sin”. Sin can mean the breaking or transgression of the law of Moses,
1 John 3:4 “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law”. Sin can also mean unbelief in the gospel of Christ, John 8:24, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins”. Sin can also mean a wrong act or behaviour such as stealing or fornication, 1 Corinthians 6:18, “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body”. It can also mean the nature or state of the man not in Christ.
We also have sin as a verb which talks about an action or deed and sin as a noun describing the state of being. The verb for sin in Greek is “hamartano” and the noun is “hamartia”. The opening text usage of the word “sin” is not an activity such as stealing or fornication. It is a noun describing a state of being. It is used as the state or nature of the man outside Christ. It is not saying shall we continue TO SIN but is says shall we continue IN SIN, which is about the state of the old man or the man outside Christ or under the law of Moses. The man in Christ is dead to sin, therefore it is not possible for him to continue IN sin as a state.
Paul the apostle was talking about the supremacy of God's grace over the effect of Adam's sin which made death to pass upon all men. The opening text is an assurance of our eternal salvation in Christ and not a caution to believers of God's limited grace when they frequently commit acts of sin. We are dead to sin. We are alive in Christ. Sin has no more dominion over me because of grace.
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