What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Romans 6:1-10 NIV
Paul is saying, "By no means" should you willfully continue to sin. Those who know the grace of God in truth do not use it as a license to sin. God’s grace teaches just the opposite. God’s forgiveness does not make sin less serious. Jesus paid with His life so we could be forgiven. Notice Paul says, “We died to sin," not we need to die to sin. It's done, it's been accomplished. We died to sin in Christ’s death. This is not water baptism, but baptism into Jesus Christ. The result is that I am in Christ. We not only have identified with Christ in his death, but in his resurrection also. Christ died once-for-all to sin (singular) not "for sins" (plural).
We can enjoy our new life in Christ because we are united with Him in His death and resurrection. Our sinful nature died once for all so we are freed from its power. Our old self is born of the flesh, the new self is born of God. No longer a continual slave of sin. Faith is the key. What kind of life do I share? Eternal life, endless life! Death has no hold over Christ and it has no hold over me. Because of our union with Christ by "Spirit" baptism - what happened to Christ in His death, burial, resurrection and ascension is true for us.
Father God, thank You that through Jesus' death and resurrection I have been set free from sin’s hold. Help me to always turn to You when I'm struggling with my flesh. Thank You for Your grace that renews us each and every day. Thank You that You've never given up on me, Every time I stumble You're there to pick me up and set me back on the right path. Your love for us is amazing.
Sharon Collins, A-Team Coordinator
North Braddock Campus