Verse of the Day Devotion: Romans 6:1
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?” – Romans 6:1
This is a question Paul asks no doubt in response to what he had said earlier in chapter 5. “The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:20-21. He starts by stating that the law came so sin may increase. What he means by this is that we will be more aware of our sins. “So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. Therefore did that which is good become a cause of death for me? May it never be! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.” Romans 7:12-13. The law points out what is sin, not to deal with the sin. That Christ did on the cross.
Going back to Romans 5:20, he says that where sin increases, grace also increases. This is not addressing the unsaved. For going on to verse 21 he says, “so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:21. First, note the wording in the beginning of this. “so that. As sin reigned in death”. This is a past tense statement. Before we were saved, sin reigned in death. But afterwards, grace reigns in righteousness.
Now, back to our focus verse. The idea of this question is that if grace is a good thing, should we continue in sin in order to increase grace? His answer is “May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” Romans 6:2. Paul is extremely emphatic here. If we are saved, than we have died to sin. It should no longer have a hold on us. It should not control us. Sin should no longer be what we desire, but righteousness should be our goal.
It is important that we strive to rid sin from our lives. We probably will stumble, but is should not be because we choose to perform a sinful act. We must never choose to sin because we know God is merciful and gracious toward us. John says that if we choose this route, than we are fooling ourselves. “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;” 1 John 1:6-7. In essence, he is saying that if we think we are in fellowship with Him, and yet walk apart from Him in sin, we are lying and deceiving ourselves. We cannot say that we are saved, love God, and follow His ways if we choose to sin thinking that His grace will take care of it.
Jesus said the following that wipes out any possibility of it being true. “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” John 14:15. Choosing to sin because it is what we want to do is showing we truly do not love Him. And if we do not love Him, then can we truly be saved?
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.