With the first definition of grace having to do with the unmerited favor and mercy of God toward us, and that this is the grace that we are actually saved by with our Lord – what will happen next with some Christians is that they will then try to start to take advantage of this grace. In other words, they will start to try and abuse it.
Once you realize that all of your past, present, and future sins will be fully forgiven under the blood that Jesus has already shed for you, it becomes very easy to want to get lazy and then be tempted to want to push the envelope with God the Father to see exactly what you can get away with and how far you can push certain things with Him.
The apostle Paul was way ahead of this possibility with the statement that he makes in these next two verses.
Here is the very solemn warning that Paul is giving us if we think we can go back to our old sinning ways again after we have been saved.
- “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” (Romans 6:1-2)
- “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!” (Romans 6:14-15)
Notice in the first verse Paul is telling us that though we have been saved by God’s grace – this does not mean we can go back to our sinning ways again. Paul is flat out telling us that we cannot use the grace of God that we have just been saved with as an excuse and a license to keep on sinning.
He tells us that we have now “died to sin” and thus should no longer live and wallow in it. God’s grace is not an open invitation to keep on sinning.
This second verse then tells us that God’s grace has now set us free from sin and the power it use to have over us. This verse is specifically telling us that “sin shall not have dominion over you” and that we cannot go back to sinning again just because we have now been saved by God’s grace.
When Paul tells us that sin shall no longer have “dominion” over us, what he is trying to tell us is that God’s grace and power can now help us overcome the desire to want to sin, and if by chance we do fall into a heavier sin area, then God’s grace and power can help pull us out of it and help set us free from its death grip.
There is absolutely nothing that the power and grace of God cannot set you completely free from if you are willing to work with Him on it.
The laws of God give us the knowledge of what is sinful and what is not. However, the laws and commandments of God do not have the ability to save us from our sins, nor do the laws of God give us the power and ability to actually overcome any of our sins.
It is only the grace of God that will save us and set us free from our sins – and it is only the grace of God that will give us the power and the ability to be able to stay out of sin after we have been saved since we now have the Holy Spirit and His power living and operating on the inside of us.
As a result, no Christian will have any excuse on their day of judgment with the Lord if they have refused to pull out of some of these heavier sin areas before they die and cross over. God’s grace is available to every single believer. Jesus has already broken off the power that sin has over our lives at the cross. We all now have the power of the Holy Spirit Himself to take on any heavy sin area that we may have fallen into.
This is part of our series on the Grace of God, you can read the rest here,
An Introduction to the “Understanding The Grace Of God”
1. We Are Saved by “Grace” Through Faith in Jesus Christ
2. Grace is the Power and Ability of God Operating Through Us
3. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Grace
4. The Grace of God Was Upon Jesus Christ
5. The Grace of God Was Upon the Apostle Paul
6. Let Your Speech Always Be With Grace
7. Do Not Abuse the Grace of God
8. Stay Humble With the Grace That God Will Give You
9. Do Not Receive the Grace of God in Vain
10. Continue in the Grace of God
11. How to Receive the Grace of God