What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:1-4 ESV)
Paul anticipates our questions as we follow his argument. The reader asks, “if we are saved by grace and not by works so that God gets the glory for salvation, should we sin more so that gets even more glory?” Paul writes, “no way!”
The salvation that Jesus brings is more than just peace with God because your sin is pardoned. You are actually united to Christ. Your sins are paid for because you pass through death with Jesus. But you don’t stop with that. You are also united to Jesus in his resurrection. That means you have been saved not just from the penalty of sin but also the power of sin. In other words, those united with Jesus now have the real power NOT to sin!
Is your greatest desire to please the Lord who saved you?
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: 1 Sa 7-8, Ro 6, Jer 44-45, Lk 13