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Romans 6:1-7

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? Far from it! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life.For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for the one who has died is freed from sin.”


But what about too much grace? Won’t this cause us to sin? Apparently, this is not a new question. Paul is addressing this very concern here in Romans. And his answer is a resounding, “No!” According to Paul, grace is not merely forgiveness of sins: Grace is the believer’s uniting with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Our union with Christ has done away with our old selves. We have been baptized, or immersed into, Christ. This means that we have been spiritually placed into his death so that our old natures would be obliterated. But God doesn’t just stop there: We are also given brand new natures through Christ’s resurrection. This is not a feeling; it is a knowing. It is reality present regardless of our personal emotional experiences.

Body of sin: Here Paul is not stating that our bodies are sinful. This is an old Gnostic heresy. Instead, he’s saying that our bodies are neutral tools. We can either choose to express sin through the members of our bodies or we can express our new nature and the Spirit of Christ. 

For the one who has died is freed from sin: This does not mean that believers no longer have sin within them-this would be contradictory to Paul’s previous words. It simply means that we are no longer harnessed to the power of sin. Instead, we are harnessed to the power of the resurrection.

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