Obeying Sin? Or Obeying God?

Romans 6:1-2,6 ESV

“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?”

“We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.”

The Bible teaches us that God’s grace, which brings salvation, instructs (or trains) us to say “No!” to ungodliness and fleshly lusts and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives while we wait for our Lord’s return. For Jesus Christ gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works (Titus 2:11-14 ESV; cf. Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus said that if anyone would come after him he must deny self, take up his cross daily (daily die to sin and to self) and follow (obey) him. For, he said that if we hold on to our old lives (of living in sin and for self) that we will lose them (for eternity). But if we lose our lives (die with him to sin and to self) for his sake, then we will live (with Christ for eternity). For if we are ashamed of him and his words, he will be ashamed of us when he returns to gather his bride to take to be with him for eternity (Luke 9:23-26).

Therefore, contrary to what many are teaching today, we are not to continue in habitual and deliberate sin once we have believed in Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of our lives. And God’s grace is not free license to continue in deliberate and habitual sin without guilt, without conscience, and without consequence. For Jesus Christ died on that cross to free us from our slavery to sin so we might now become slaves of God and of his righteousness.

For if we believed in Jesus Christ with God-given faith in Christ, we were crucified with Christ in death to sin and we were raised with Christ to walk in newness of life in him. And the way we should have learned Christ, as the truth that is in Christ, is that we are to put off our old self belonging to our former way of life, and we are to be renewed in the spirit of our minds, and we are to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:17-24).

Romans 6:12-14 ESV

“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”

If anyone is telling you that all you have to do is “believe” (undefined) in Jesus Christ and now your sins are forgiven, and heaven is secured for you when you die, regardless of how you live your life on this earth, he is lying to you. If he does not tell you that you must die with Christ to sin and live to Christ and to his righteousness as part of believing faith which saves, he is not telling you the whole truth of the gospel message.

Since we died with Christ to sin we are to no longer live in sin. Sin is to no longer have mastery over our lives but Jesus Christ is to be our only Lord (Master). We are to no longer let sin reign (rule, have dominion) in our mortal bodies to where sin makes us obey its passions. Our bodies are to be instruments of righteousness not instruments of sin. But not many people are teaching that today. Many are making allowances for deliberate sin.

Since so many ministers of the gospel today are teaching an altered and diluted gospel which makes the narrow way to heaven out to be the lie while making the broad (easy) road out to be the truth, many professers of faith in Jesus Christ are living no differently from those making no profession of faith in Christ. In fact they are opposed to the true gospel of our salvation and they are resistant to allowing the truth of the gospel into their lives.

They literally block the light of the truth of the gospel from entering into their hearts and minds and judgment and discernment. And this is so that they can continue in their sin guilt free. They are those who are lacking in good judgment and common sense. They are the self-indulgent who habitually gratify the sinful cravings of the flesh. And they also lie and coverup their sins which they do in secret so that others will not know what they are doing when no one else is looking.

Romans 6:15-16 ESV

“What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?”

Not being under the Old Covenant liturgical, ceremonial, sacrificial, purification and dietary laws and restrictions does not translate to us becoming lawless. According to the New Testament we still have to obey the commands of God, but they are the commands which Jesus taught and which are repeated for us in the New Testament. Primarily they are God’s moral laws which never went away. Jesus just summarized them into two laws, which are for us to love God with our whole being and to love others as we love ourselves. And if we do that we have fulfilled the law.

But to love God is to obey him and if we don’t obey him we don’t love him. And to love others means we do no willful and deliberate harm to them. But we only do good to them (good as defined by God). We can’t love God and other people and deliberately and habitually sin against them at the same time. For love is faithful, kind, honest, morally pure, and trustworthy, and it considers what is best for others, not what will do them harm.

Also, we need to understand here that we cannot continue in habitual and deliberate sin against others and still be saved from our sins and have heaven as our eternal destiny. If we choose to block out the truth of the gospel so that we can keep on sinning, that will not lead to life eternal but to eternal death in the flames of hell. We need to be those who are obedient to our Lord, for that leads to righteousness leading to sanctification, and its end is eternal life with God.

So, it is important that we know the truth of what the Scriptures teach about the gospel of our salvation and about sin and about eternal life, for they teach that if we walk (in conduct, in practice) in sin that we will not inherit eternal life with God. But if we walk in righteousness and in obedience to our Lord in faithful surrender to his will and purposes for our lives, then we have the hope of eternal life with God. So, please take this to heart.

[Lu 9:23-26; Jn 6:35-58; Jn 15:1-11; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-17; Eph 4:17-24; 1 Pet 2:24; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10,15,21; Tit 2:11-14; Jas 1:21-25; Rom 12:1-2; Php 2:12-13; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-10; Gal 5:16-21; Eph 5:3-11; Gal 6:7-8; Rom 2:6-8; Heb 10:26-27; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Matt 7:21-23; Ac 26:18; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15; Eph 2:8-10]

I Stand in Awe

By Mark Altrogge

You are beautiful
You are beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
Like nothing ever seen or heard
Who can grasp Your infinite wisdom?
Who can fathom the depth of Your love?
You are beautiful beyond description
Majesty, enthroned above

And I stand, I stand in awe of You
I stand, I stand in awe of You
Holy God, to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of You

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