Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 GOD FORBID. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Romans 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? GOD FORBID.
The Apostle Paul had just given a description of the superiority of God’s work in Jesus by grace producing righteousness versus satan’s work in Adam through sin producing spiritual death. Where sin abounded in the Fall of man (and the Law imputing our guilt) causing spiritual death, grace DID much more abound in the Cross of Jesus Christ through righteousness unto eternal life. Now that we’ve been justified, declared righteous, and grace has abounded toward us he poses two questions in Romans 6. Should we continue sinning that grace may abound 6:1) and should we sin once in awhile now that we are under grace v. 15? The answer to both questions is GOD FORBID (Let it never be said; by no means; far from it; let not such a thing be mentioned).
Jesus didn’t come to die on the Cross just to provide ongoing forgiveness for ongoing sinning. He did not bare our sins in His own body so we could continue in sin or even sin a little and be forgiven. NO, He had a higher potential in mind for us.
No, salvation by grace through faith didn’t get rid of the flesh’s existence or eradicate it.
No, salvation didn’t get rid of the devil and his temptations.
No, salvation didn’t get rid of the world and its’ conforming influences.
No, salvation doesn’t mean we’ve lost our free will and cannot still choose to sin by an act of our will.
Salvation does mean, though, that grace has provided the remedy for all sin:
Sin’s presence (in the future redemption of our body; right now it is still mortal or death doomed).
There is a new spirit nature within us and His grace can empower a walk free from all of sin’s influence on this Earth before we go to Heaven. All of the potential, power, and provisions we need to dominate sin are in us in Christ Jesus. The One who mastered sin and its author is our Lord. “… For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil 1 John 3:8.” The works of the devil in this context in 1 John 3:8 is sin. We do not have to let sin reign (sin’s power) in our mortal body. We’ve been made free from sin and can walk free from it in our every day experience. We may still sin if we choose to but we don’t have to.
THE GOAL OF GRACE WAS NOT ONGOING FORGIVENESS FOR ONGOING SINNING