God is a God of mercy and grace. Without the grace and mercy in His forgiveness none of us could have maintained our relationship with Him. Psalm 103:3, 4 says, “If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee that thou mightiest be feared.” Distorted teachings of grace going around today leave the impression that it doesn’t matter if we sin because we have God’s grace. This is not the true grace of God.
We have forgiveness IF we sin not so we CAN sin. It is like having car insurance IF we wreck not so we CAN wreck. Romans 6:1, 2 makes it clear when it says, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid ….” In other words, shall we habitually (continue) in sin that grace may abound, let it never be said. In Romans 6:15, “What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God Forbid.” In other words, shall we sin (occasionally, once in awhile, or single acts of “sin”) because we have grace and the answer again is, let it never be said. If we as Christians sin we must fully acknowledge our sin by confessing or saying we sinned. 1 John1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Jesus didn’t just come to provide ongoing forgiveness for ongoing sinning. He did not bear our sins in His own body just so we could continue sinning and then be forgiven. He had a higher potential in mind which was complete victory over sin’s dominion in our life. Salvation did not get rid of the flesh, the devil, and the temptation to sin. Salvation means grace has provided us the potential and remedy for all sin (sin’s PENALTY, sin’s POWER, and sin’s PRESENCE (in the rapture/resurrection/glorification of our body yet to come). Salvation gives us a new position in the spirit from which to relate to sin and the Word of His grace helps us to grasp our relationship to sin. “For sin shall not have dominion over you for you are not under the law but under grace Romans 6:14.”