We have established early on in the series that righteousness does not have anything to do with our way of living but our right standing in Christ. Does this mean that living a godly life does not matter at all? Paul phrases this scenario very elegantly as he provides an answer to this conundrum.
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? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Ladies and gentlemen in the Body of Christ, what the Apostle Paul is saying here is that you died with Christ. On the day we decided to believe the message of salvation in our hearts and confess Jesus as Lord, we partook of His death on the cross. Partaking in our Lord’s death caused us to be dead to sin.
For he that is dead is freed from sin.
We are free from sin! Hallelujah! So obviously grace is not a license to sin. Grace is not some magical pixie dust that comes to cover our wrongs so we can just continue living. When grace is fully at work in you, you die to sin.
Titus 2:11 -12
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
One thing we should take not of is that the grace of God is constantly teaching us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts. It is a continuous process, a constant renewing of your mind and your way of thinking, changing you and shaping you into that image of Christ you are mean to be.
In light of our death to sin, the Apostle Paul has a few things to say.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members asinstruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members asinstruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
From what Paul is saying here, we realise a sad truth, inasmuch as we are dead to sin, sometimes we can give sin power over us but this is as a result of we being ignorant of the truth and that truth is clearly stated in Romans 6:14.
By the grace of God, we are free of sin and we are empowered to live right! Hallelujah!!