Tuesday 3 September, 2019
Dead to sin
“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 6:1-2, NIV)
Paul begins chapter six of Romans by raising an objection to a hypothesis which crept into the church: ‘if God’s grace so abounded over sin, why should we not go on sinning so as to give his grace the opportunity of abounding all the more?’ (F.F Bruce, 1995). The issue was that many believers mistook the grace Paul and other apostles preached to mean that when saved by Grace, their sins both past, present and future had been cleansed; so the saved were no longer tainted by sin even if they do commit it deliberately.
Although it seemed that Paul had already resolved this case in this epistle, the hypothesis has continued to persist among many Christian men and women. There are many in our midst today who preach that God’s grace covers our sins and continued sinning even a deliberate one no longer separates us from God. Like the Romans, they believed that it is okay to continue sinning, in fact the more we sin, the more the Grace abounds.
Brothers and sisters, we must together with Paul denounce this heresy and say not to it. It is a deceit from the commandment of the evil one—the Devil to tempt us into sin and delude us from God.
Paul out rightly declared that since we are dead to sin, we ought never to continue to live in sin (v.2). Elsewhere, he writes to Titus that actually the very purpose for the appearance of the GRACE of God is that we might say no to all forms of ungodliness (Titus 2:11-12). And, Hebrews 10:26 warns us that ‘if we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left.’
May God help us to believe right and walk right with him, that we may not abuse the grace outpoured on us. We may not become sinless as long as we are in this mortal body but maturity in the grace should help us sin less. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen!
Prayer: Thank you God for your abundant grace in Christ Jesus, help me to overcome the power of sin that I may grow in the grace of Christ. Amen!
Rev. Julius I. Tabi, a PhD student is a pastor in Church of Uganda, the Anglican Diocese of Ma’di and West Nile. He serves as Dean of Students’ Affairs at Uganda Christian University Arua Campus and a chaplain at Ushindi Secondary School in Arua.