Sunday Morning Podcast February 11, 2018. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT:ROMANS 5:18-21, 6:1
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
ROMANS 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
In the fifth through the seventh chapters of Romans, Paul writes as a vehicle and not the system of how things should be. Studying the scriptures systematically as well as devotionally, is not a foreign idea. The scriptures were never meant to be separated by chapters, in the full thoughts and messages conveyed through them. One being that it is impossible to please God through any other system, but of grace. The Apostle Paul points out through these chapters, how under the law we are sold under sin. But that through the grace of God, we are made free from the law of sin. “What shall we say then” Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid, How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Romans 6:1-2.
Paul continues on in chapter seven describing the man he was as Saul, living under the law after the flesh, without grace, wanting to do right, but unable because he was therefore sold under sin. Later after his conversion, when he “becomes Paul” he is freed from that law that had bound him, to now walk after the Spirit and live under the grace of God no longer condemned by sin. Made free from the law of sin. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1-4
What shall we say then? Will we walk after the Spirit, which is free from sin? Or after the flesh, bound then by the law of sin? God offers us a choice, to have His grace to be saved from sin, to now walk after His Spirit!