by Harley Howard

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The Epistle To The Romans Chapter 6:1-16 (8 of 25)
Harley Howard

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

For five chapters, Paul has established the utter
sinfulness of mankind and of their need of God's
righteousness. He shows that men, no matter how
religious, how ritualistic, or how moral in the eyes
of man they may be, they are no closer to God than the
vilest of sinners described in the first chapter. He
goes on to prove that men are made right with God or
justified before God by faith in Jesus Christ.

The justification that Paul speaks of brings peace
with God, freedom from the bondage to the sin nature,
and a freedom to serve Christ in the power of God's
indwelling Holy Spirit, such freedom that could not be
produced by observing any law keeping.

This is the question (vs.1) of those who have a
misunderstanding of grace as well as sin. This is the
conclusion of human reasoning, not of spiritual truth.
This would be the question asked of one who wants
Christianity and a sinful life, which is impossible,
rather than Christianity and the righteousness that
comes with it. It could be explained this way: If the
law reveals sin in man, and if grace super-abounds
over grace to bring a man or woman in right
relationship to God, (which is the teaching of chapter
5) then why not live in sin to experience more grace?
This question is eluded to also in the third chapter,
vs. 5-8. My point again must be made. To ask that
question shows a misunderstanding of grace as well as

As I said before, there is a great misunderstanding of
grace, forgiveness and of sin in the believer's life
by many, many people. The question asked in this
verse would come from a person who wanted to life a
Christian life that was full of sin. That would be an
impossibility, because Christianity produces
righteousness, not sin. The thinking is something
like this: ...

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