Grace Does Not Promote Sin
There are two false assumptions that are corrected in Romans chapter six. The first is that grace permits sin. But grace, rather than justify the continued practice of sin, actually frees us from the power of sin through the death and resurrection of Christ.
The second false assumption is that grace promotes sin. But grace, rather than encouraging the practice of sin, actually motivates us to obedience.
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace - Does grace free us from the constraints of the law so that we can sin and God will overlook it?
- We are not under the law’s power of condemnation - Romans 3:19
- We are not under the law’s power of guilt - Romans 3:20
- We are not under the law’s power to increase sin - Romans 5:20; 7:8
- We are under grace which means we are in justified by faith in Christ (3:24–26), given righteousness and life (5:17), and free from the power of sin (6:6).
Certainly not - Do not come to the horrendous conclusion that grace makes allowances for sin.
Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey - A slave is defined by the master being obeyed.
- Freedom doesn’t mean you don’t have to obey anyone. Freedom is not the power to disobey. Freedom is the power to choose to obey.
- Freedom is defined by who you obey.
whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness - A person is either a slave obeying sin (disobedience to God) to eternal death or is a slave obeying obedience which leads to righteousness - Romans 5:19; 1:5; 16:26
But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered
- A slave of sin is not the position of the believer. Slavery of sin is not the experience of the obeyer.
- Praise God that He set us free so that we could freely and willingly obey Him!
- We were handed over to the imprint and pattern of doctrine. The doctrine is all the truth that shapes and molds into slaves of righteousness - Jeremiah 31:33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness - Grace frees us from the bondage of sin and transforms us into slaves of righteousness which is true freedom!