Living in sin

Romans 6:1-2 NASB
¹What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?
²May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

Other translations

King James Version
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?


Grace doesn’t mean that we can be sloppy with sin.
▪︎ We have died to sin when we surrendered our lives to the Lordship of Christ.
▪︎ We don’t want sin, or its power, to have control over us.
▪︎ We don’t want to take lightly the awful cost Jesus paid to cover our sin.

The apostle Paul uses the strongest language possible (“By no means!” is way too tame a translation: “God forbid!” “Unthinkable!” “Abomination!” would all be much more accurate.)

Those who are saved by grace, realize that
▪︎ sin is more than breaking a divine command.
▪︎ Sin is neglecting Jesus’ love for us by choosing our sin over his sacrifice.
▪︎ Sin is rebelling against the Father who paid such a high price to adopt us into His family.
▪︎ Sin is breaking our Father’s heart because we are choosing our sin over our love for Him.
▪︎ Finally, sin is choosing our own will rather than God; a choice that leads us down a path of self-destruction.

Prayer suggestions

  • Thank the Lord for His incomparable generous grace lavished upon you through Jesus’ death on the Cross
  • Thank the Lord for the salvation that you have received through Him.
  • Ask the Lord to make your sin abhorrent to you.
  • Ask the Lord to give you a passion for holiness.
  • Ask the Lord to give you a deeper appreciation of what it cost Him to make you holy.

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