“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin” (Romans 6:1-7).
How much worse can society and the world get? It seems that evil men continue to invent new ways to sin against God, others and their own bodies. In fact there is no pit too deep that man will not stoop to. The church has lost its way, and her ministers no longer care about the seriousness of sin. Most believers think that God does not mind their sin as long as they have accepted Christ as Saviour. The devil has inoculated many against the affects of the sin virus. They are happy to go on sinning because they know they are saved. How sad!
The power of cancelled sin
The Scriptures speak of sin on an entirely different level than the modern-day preacher. God had only two choices when sin entered the world through Adam. Either destroy the human race or send a Saviour who would pay the supreme penalty for sin. No angel or created being could redeem mankind from the consequences of sin; therefore it had to be God Himself, in the person of His Son, who would have to be the sacrifice for sin. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Sin cannot be ignored by God, but it can be forgiven and cancelled. For over four thousand years the way of salvation was being prepared. From the blood of the animal in the Garden of Eden to the daily sacrifices in the temple, they all pointed to the great need of man, that is, an innocent party to take his place and receive the judgement on his behalf. It all paved the way for the coming of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Heaven must have been dumbstruck as Jesus left His place of glory to die on the cross of Calvary for sinners, but God had no other way to save us. Surely Heaven is heartbroken at the response to this great gift. “He came unto his own and his own received him not” (John 1:11). No wonder there is great rejoicing in Heaven when a soul gets saved! “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12) … “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth” (Luke 15:7).
Shall we continue in sin?
To live in sin is to deny Christ’s reason for coming into the world to save us. A believer who persists in sin does not accept the Lordship of Christ or the cleansing power of His blood. Our opening text is clear enough to convince us of the peril of sinfulness in a believer’s life. We are either freed from sin or we are not. We are either in Christ or we are not. Therefore we cannot say that we are Christians if we are determined to do as we please and ignore the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
“Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (2 Corinthians 6:17). No amount of separation from an unclean world can make us holy though, but God in His grace and mercy will if we would but trust and obey Him. Personal holiness, without His work of grace in the soul, is rejected by God.
The Canaanite in the Lord’s House
Is there another way into the Kingdom of Heaven? If there is, it is not found in Scripture. If there is, then there was absolutely no need for Jesus to die on the cross. Therefore the person who continues in sin must be willing to accept God’s judgement for not living by His standards. At one time “holiness” was over the house of God, but now “sin” is clearly emblazoned over its door. What was once abhorred as gross wickedness is now celebrated inside the church. “In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD’S house shall be like the bowls before the altar. Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 14:20-21). The Canaanite rules the church at this time, preaches from its pulpits and permits every form of abomination to be practiced. Though the Word of God is being twisted to fit in with the ungodliness of this generation, we must stand firm and uphold the only means of salvation given to us by the Lord.
The church is filled with foolish preachers teaching foolish doctrines to fools who refuse to live by God’s pure word. The Holy Spirit is calling believers away from the coming judgement to sanctification and holiness. “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17). True righteousness was assured for believers the moment Christ died on the cross. Those who believe have a hunger and thirst that this sinful world cannot satisfy. “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).
He breaks the power of cancelled sin
He sets the prisoner free
His blood can make the foulest clean
His blood availed for me.