Shall We Continue?


Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

What shall we say? Shall we continue?

I understand the question posed. But when I understand it, it is because I don’t fully understand the fullness of this passage and gospel that frees me.

In a shallow understanding, I can understand how some would say, “So should we continue sinning so that God’s grace may be displayed in forgiving us?” Shall we?  But what are we really saying about the forgiveness we have received when we continue to live bound by the chains of sin that the gospel has released us from? We are saying that we do not fully understand that gospel. We do not understand the freedom we’ve been given.   We are showing we don’t know what it means to be buried with Christ into death and raised to walk in newness of life .

To continue in sin is to remain in the same position we were before salvation. A friendly, cordial, inviting, blind slavish love with sin. The sin that so easily entagles us (Hebrews 12:1)

But we have died to sin. So “how can we who died to sin still live in it?”

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. – 1 Peter 2:24

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” – Colossians 3:1-14

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