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From the book of Romans we read,

  • “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” (Romans 6:1-2 – NKJV)

Let’s see . . . two QUESTIONS and a RESPONSE, and then another QUESTION, all directed to each one of us who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. 
The religious leaders of that day heard the apostle Paul’s message of grace, of forgiveness of sin based on faith alone in Christ alone, of God’s mercy and love for the sinner, and they responded with the question, “Then I guess we might as well “abound” in sin that this grace you speak of might “abound” also.” 
To that Paul asks his first QUESTION,

  • “What shall we say then?” 

What should our RESPONSE be to them? What would God have us say to those who come to this conclusion? Are they right?

  • “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” 

That’s what it sounded like to the skeptics of that day and can also sound like to the skeptics of our day. If the “grace” of God that we say is in Christ brings forgiveness of our “sin,” then wouldn’t it be logical that we should “continue in sin that grace may abound?” 
The emphatic RESPONSE of Paul to these QUESTIONS,”

  • “Certainly Not!”

Let us not be deceived or tricked by the depraved logic of man! For we who are in Christ, who have been saved by the “grace” of God, we are told that,

  • “How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”

Yes! That is our RESPONSE, a QUESTION that answers the QUESTIONS. For . . . 

  • “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4 – NKJV)

This text begins, “Do you not know?” Well, our RESPONSE to this QUESTION is, “Yes Lord, we know! For Your Word reveals the truth of this matter to us.” The skeptics are answered . . . 

  • “How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” 

Rather, we who have been “baptized into Christ Jesus,” who have partaken of the grace of God, we have “died to sin” and now are called to “walk in newness of life,” a “life” that is markedly different than the one we walked in before we experienced the grace of God.  
Have a good day . . . and remember, this newness of life does not continue in sin that grace might abound; CERTAINLY NOT!

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