In Romans 1-5 Paul wrote about people’s need for salvation by grace through faith in Jesus. Beginning with chapter 6, Paul writes about our need to separate ourselves from sin and become more like Christ. Even though as believers we have a new nature and the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, we still have the old nature with its tendency to sin. This causes constant tension in our lives (chapter 7), yet God graciously promises us help and a victory in which we are more than conquerors (Rom 8:37).
In Romans 6:1-2, Paul realized his statement about God’s grace for sinners could be misinterpreted such that people could erroneously think that if they kept on sinning, God would produce more grace. Paul’s answer to his hypothetical question is, “By no means!” We who have been baptized into Christ’s death must not intentionally continue to sin. God has set us free from sin and desires that we live in that freedom in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Many people are living under the delusion that they are free to live anyway they want because of their baptism. Paul tells us that God set us free in Christ for a much better way of life.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for freeing us from the power of sin, granting us grace to live our lives in true freedom for the glory of your holy name. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes,
Dean of the Carolinas Mission District, and the
Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.