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Romans 6:01 - Should We Sin With Exuberance? Bookmark

Rom 6:1 What shall we say then?  Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

He passes now to another benefit of Christ, which is called sanctification or regeneration.

In that corruption, for though the guiltiness of sin, is not imputed to us, yet the corruption still remains in us: and this is killed little by little by the sanctification that follows justification.  (Geneva Bible Translation Notes)
Rom 6:1  What shall we say then? - This is a mode of presenting an objection. The objection refers to what the apostle had said in Romans 5:20.  What shall we say to such a sentiment as that where sin abounded grace did much more abound?
Shall we continue in sin? ... - If sin has been the occasion of grace and favor, ought we not to continue in it, and commit as much as possible, in order that grace might abound?  This objection the apostle proceeds to answer.  He shows that the consequence does not follow; and proves that the doctrine of justification does not lead to it. (Dr. Albert Barnes)

God's law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were.  But as people sinned more and more, God's wonderful grace became more abundant.  (Romans 5:20 NLT)
What shall we say then?  Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? (NASB)
What shall we say then?  Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? (KJV)
Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of His wonderful grace? (NLT)
What shall we say then?  Are we to remain in sin so that grace may increase? (NET)

This would probably be more aptly said in a post-Christian America, "Why can't I continue on sinning as before so that Grace can really abound?"  The deceiver of this world, taking advantage of the evil propensity of our own heart, has us consider ourselves as the embodiment Christian virtue while continuing in persistent habitual sin. How quickly we do forget that the reward for our sin is our abandonment in it.  If we say we have no sin, then we call Him a liar!  The result is that we come to worship soiled and bearing a foul stench while exhibiting a total lack of shame.  The daily headlines are replete with one group or another seeking public indulgence for their particular sin—no revelation here.  We are creatures of our falleness and cannot extricate ourselves from the piteous estate in which we find ourselves.  So instead we seek to find a way to make our sin acceptable to a perfect and holy God—the modern definition of religion.  Christianity in our day in many ways has become the self-justification of the lost by the lost!  This is why we need a Savior! The flesh is at enmity with the Lord and can never and will never change!  This becomes the premise for the following chapters—the complete training course in how not to be self-deceived—but instead live in Christ's righteousness.  However, to do this we must live in Christ and make no room for he flesh! Or perhaps better said, Christ must live in us!

Rom 6:1  Shall we continue in sin - It is very likely that these were the words of a believing Gentile, who - having as yet received but little instruction, for he is but just brought out of his heathen state to believe in Christ Jesus - might imagine, from the manner in which God had magnified his mercy, in blotting out his sin on his simply believing on Christ, that, supposing he even gave way to the evil propensities of his own heart, his transgressions could do him no hurt now that he was in the favor of God.  And we need not wonder that a Gentile, just emerging from the deepest darkness, might entertain such thoughts as these; when we find that eighteen centuries after this, persons have appeared in the most Christian countries of Europe, not merely asking such a question, but defending the doctrine with all their might; and asserting in the most unqualified manner, “that believers were under no obligation to keep the moral law of God; that Christ had kept it for them; that his keeping it was imputed to them; and that God, who had exacted it from Him, who was their surety and representative, would not exact it from them, forasmuch as it would be injustice to require two payments for one debt.”  These are the Antinomians who once flourished in this land, and whose race is not yet utterly extinct.  (Dr. Adam Clarke)

 

Rom 6:1 What shall we say then?  Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

He passes now to another benefit of Christ, which is called sanctification or regeneration.

In that corruption, for though the guiltiness of sin, is not imputed to us, yet the corruption still remains in us: and this is killed little by little by the sanctification that follows justification.  (Geneva Bible Translation Notes)
Rom 6:1  What shall we say then? - This is a mode of presenting an objection. The objection refers to what the apostle had said in Romans 5:20.  What shall we say to such a sentiment as that where sin abounded grace did much more abound?
Shall we continue in sin? ... - If sin has been the occasion of grace and favor, ought we not to continue in it, and commit as much as possible, in order that grace might abound?  This objection the apostle proceeds to answer.  He shows that the consequence does not follow; and proves that the doctrine of justification does not lead to it. (Dr. Albert Barnes)

God's law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were.  But as people sinned more and more, God's wonderful grace became more abundant.  (Romans 5:20 NLT)
What shall we say then?  Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? (NASB)
What shall we say then?  Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? (KJV)
Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of His wonderful grace? (NLT)
What shall we say then?  Are we to remain in sin so that grace may increase? (NET)

This would probably be more aptly said in a post-Christian America, "Why can't I continue on sinning as before so that Grace can really abound?"  The deceiver of this world, taking advantage of the evil propensity of our own heart, has us consider ourselves as the embodiment Christian virtue while continuing in persistent habitual sin. How quickly we do forget that the reward for our sin is our abandonment in it.  If we say we have no sin, then we call Him a liar!  The result is that we come to worship soiled and bearing a foul stench while exhibiting a total lack of shame.  The daily headlines are replete with one group or another seeking public indulgence for their particular sin—no revelation here.  We are creatures of our falleness and cannot extricate ourselves from the piteous estate in which we find ourselves.  So instead we seek to find a way to make our sin acceptable to a perfect and holy God—the modern definition of religion.  Christianity in our day in many ways has become the self-justification of the lost by the lost!  This is why we need a Savior! The flesh is at enmity with the Lord and can never and will never change!  This becomes the premise for the following chapters—the complete training course in how not to be self-deceived—but instead live in Christ's righteousness.  However, to do this we must live in Christ and make no room for he flesh! Or perhaps better said, Christ must live in us!

Rom 6:1  Shall we continue in sin - It is very likely that these were the words of a believing Gentile, who - having as yet received but little instruction, for he is but just brought out of his heathen state to believe in Christ Jesus - might imagine, from the manner in which God had magnified his mercy, in blotting out his sin on his simply believing on Christ, that, supposing he even gave way to the evil propensities of his own heart, his transgressions could do him no hurt now that he was in the favor of God.  And we need not wonder that a Gentile, just emerging from the deepest darkness, might entertain such thoughts as these; when we find that eighteen centuries after this, persons have appeared in the most Christian countries of Europe, not merely asking such a question, but defending the doctrine with all their might; and asserting in the most unqualified manner, “that believers were under no obligation to keep the moral law of God; that Christ had kept it for them; that his keeping it was imputed to them; and that God, who had exacted it from Him, who was their surety and representative, would not exact it from them, forasmuch as it would be injustice to require two payments for one debt.”  These are the Antinomians who once flourished in this land, and whose race is not yet utterly extinct.  (Dr. Adam Clarke)

 



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