“Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as He was.” Romans 6:1-5
Paul is asking, because of the wonderful grace of God, do we keep sinning? No, we must repent and change how we live. If we believe that we can keep on sinning, we don’t understand salvation and what Jesus did for us on the cross. How can a person who is a Christian go back and continue to live in the sin that he used to live in? Something has drastically happened from within. We have been talking about justification. Now we are changing gears. Though the word is never mentioned, now we are looking at regeneration; of what takes place in salvation. Something happened on the inside. Something died. When I put my faith into Jesus Christ and in His death, I am identified with Him. What I was in Adam, my old lifestyle was controlled by sin, I couldn’t help myself. Paul says we have died to sin. This is important because some people say repentance is not necessary. Do you realize how we mess up witnessing to people if we don’t show them first of all that they are lost? If they are lost and helpless in Adam, then there is going to have to be repentance, a change of mind, a turn toward that which God has done. It’s not just turning away from; it’s turning to Him! We are participating in what God now has revealed to us. Repentance is part of salvation. You may know people who say, “I can live like I want to live.” Ask them, “What did you get saved from? Do you understand what you came out of? Do you understand what salvation really is?” Paul says, “We have died!” He goes on to say, “That means to me that I am dead to what I was in Adam.” That old life that I used to live in Adam as an ungodly sinner, an enemy of God, is no longer existent. I am dead to that old lifestyle. Not only what I was in Adam, but what I did as a result of being in Adam. I am dead to that! Death is final. If you have died to one kind of life, you cannot go back and live in that life. Life and death are incompatible. I have died to an old way of living.
“It is absolutely, totally an absurdity to think you can go back and live the lifestyle you once lived in Adam when you put your faith into Jesus Christ.”