The "S" Word

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What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?

This is how Romans chapter 6 begins. In a way it sounds like the weak logic of a disrespectful teenager trying to explain away the truth. What is more common today is the silence on the subject of sin. Our culture has successfully silenced most meaningful teaching on sin. Instead we savor thinking that since Jesus died to save us from our sin, we’re good. It offends the sensibilities of today’s Christian to talk about what the bible says about sin.

So we see believers living comfortably in their sin or explaining why they continue in sin. They appear to have little understanding that when they were baptized they were embracing a death to sin. Their baptism should signify they understand that it is a death that they are prepared to contend with every day. (I die daily | Take up your cross).

When Jesus addressed the woman caught in adultery, he forgave her and instructed her to go and sin no more.

SANCTIFICATION IS THE LIFE LONG PROCESS BY WHICH BELIEVERS IN JESUS CHRIST BECOME HOLY.

Romans 6 is about sanctification. Sanctification is the life long process by which believers in Jesus Christ become holy (sanctified). Of course we don’t say too much about that either. The word sanctifies means to set apart for a particular use. Jesus prayed for us to be sanctified by the truth. God’s word is truth. The great commission includes instruction for us to teach believers to obey everything that Jesus commanded.

Oops, another word we don’t like to use anymore: obedience.

We think we are extending grace when we withhold (or soften) the truth, but that is not the case. Those who are under grace teach about a grace that results in righteousness – a righteousness that is by faith. Throughout Romans 6, we see references to what a believer is to know and believe and ultimately, what we resolve (count or reckon) to be true.

SANCTIFICATION MAKES US BETTER.

God justifies us, sanctifies us and because he does, our lives and our world is better. We can boldly embrace and teach the doctrine of salvation understanding it as part of the Gospel that we proclaim. Sanctification makes us better. God Sanctifies us to make us more like Jesus day by day. That’s why James teaches us to count it joy when we find ourselves going through trials that may be hard but ultimately help us to be better. When I die to a bad temper or a bad habit that sin does not control me anymore. I and the people around me are better off.

I can hear the protest, as much as I tried to avoid saying the obvious; I will end with this disclaimer:

WE ARE NOT PERFECT. WE WILL NEVER BE PERFECT IN THIS LIFE.

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.

Romans 6:22

Think about it.