Shall We Sin?
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I. You have access—admission—to the grace of God through faith.
Romans 5:1-2 (NKJV)
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
A. Faith is what gains you access to God’s grace—not your goodness, works, or
B. God loves you because He is love – – not because you are lovely. That’s good
II. Since Paul had been preaching on grace and emphasizing how God loves us
independent of our performance ——– immediately this question was raised:
“Are you saying that we should continue in sin so that grace may abound?”
Romans 6:1 (NKJV)
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
A. Paul was adamant, saying, “No, that’s not what I’m saying!” God forbid.
B. If this logical question isn’t coming up – then you aren’t hearing the same Gospel that
the early New Testament church heard.
C. That’s the reason we aren’t getting the same results that the early New Testament
III. Regardless of how much you’ve failed in any area, God loves you!
A. If you could really understand that and receive it, there would be such a reciprocal
love on your part toward God.
Ephesians 3:19 (AMP)
19 [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!
1 John 4:19 (NKJV)
19 We love Him because He first loved us.
B. You need to let people know how much God loves them.
C. They’ll serve Him infinitely more out of love than they ever will out of fear.
IV. Many people are going through the motions—giving, going to church, reading the
Bible, and so on—doing all of the right things, but from the wrong motive.
A. They’re trying to earn God’s favor and make themselves acceptable to Him.
B. That’s the wood, hay, and stubble that will be torched when we stand before Him
(1 Cor. 3:11-15).
V. If no one asks, “Can I just live in sin because God has forgiven all of my sins?”, then
they haven’t heard the Gospel that Paul preached.
A. The answer to this question is, “Of course not! God forbid! Living in sin is stupid!”
B. Satan will take advantage of your sin!
You ought to live as holy as you possibly can. But it’s not in order to receive God’s blessing, because you have already received it (Eph. 1:3).
Ephesians 1:3 (NKJV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
C. You live holy because you’re just so thankful, you’ll want to live in a way that
D. You don’t want to yield yourself to your Enemy, who has come to steal, kill, and
destroy (John 10:10).
VI. If you truly understand the grace of God – you’ll live holier accidentally than you ever
have on purpose.
Titus 2:11-12 (NKJV)
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,
A. This is the Gospel, and we need to be proclaiming it.
B. It’ll release people from religious bondage and set them free. Thank You, Jesus!
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