Let me give you 3 reasons why a spirit filled believer will obey God without the fear of losing his or her salvation.
God’s grace does not lead to a life of sin because…
1. We are dead to sin
Paul is now going to spend the rest of chapter 6 making the case that as believers in Christ, sin is no longer our master. We read Romans 6:1-3 “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?”
Speaking for his critics he asks are we to continue sinning so grace can abound? Paul then answers, no way! The reason is believers are dead to sin. So what does he mean to be dead to sin? Does it mean we don’t sin anymore? It means sin is no longer our master. Being dead to sin means we are no longer under the control of sin. Paul makes this point in Romans 6:17 “But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed.”
Paul was thankful that sin was no longer our master. Believers still sin but are not slaves to sin. Why? Because we are dead to sin! We now have freed from the power of sin. And because of this Paul is thankful.
What are examples of sins in our life that can be our master?
- Lust: This is an area we must all guard against mastering us. Lust for power, food, or sex are all strong temptations.
- Greed: People like Donald Trump have made greed fashionable. Money can become our God.
- Lying: It can become so easy to lie we get to a point of not realizing it is a habit.
- Pride: Putting ourselves above others. This one hurts because it is a weakness for all of us.
Outside of the power of Jesus Christ any of these sins could be our master. Paul is communicating being dead to sin means we don’t have to obey their sinful desires. We don’t have to listen to the voice that speaks to our mind and says sin is fun, just do it. That voice says don’t listen to God, do what you want. Be greedy, lust for power, feed your ego, and do whatever feels good.
We need to focus on God’s voice found in the Scriptures and not the voice of sin. We need to live victoriously through the power of the Holy Spirit. Believers aren’t slaves to sin we are slaves to God.
Points 2 & 3 will appear in the next two posts.