In Romans 6:1 the apostle Paul poses a very interesting question, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?” That is a very interesting question. Why not? I mean if we are saved by grace, that is free, why not sin like crazy so the grace may abound more? Makes sense. Seems logical. Yet, Paul gives an even more amazing answer and reason why not to.
He tells the questioner, “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” (Rom. 6:2-4).
What a great answer. This explains clearly that we who have died with Christ are now walking in the newness of life. We are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). The life we now live we live in faith and it is not us living it but the Son of God who lives in us and w live this life by faith in Him (Gal. 2:20). This new life is the life lived by someone who has been promised everlasting life and that we will not enter into judgment (John 5:24). We do not just go and sin like crazy because of grace. No, we live a new life because of grace. We live in a manner that is pleasing to God because of grace.
Many outside the Free Grace Theology camp will accuse us in Free Grace Theology of giving someone a license to sin. As the above shows, we do not think free grace gives a license. It gives us reason to live for our amazing savior. He died for us and gives us eternal life that cannot be lost or taken. What an amazing gift that is. We are new. No longer found guilty of that past tragic life we lived. It is pardoned. It is gone. We are new and we are so because of Christ’s free gift of eternal life. What a glorious thing that is. We live for Him and love Him because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). We do not think free grace gives license to sin but a license to love.
It is a license to love because we know we are secure and held. We know we are His and that we do not have to earn or prove it. He has saved us and we are forever locked in with Him. We have received a new life and we live it for Him. He gave it, what else could we do than live it for the fullest for Him? Nothing. “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” (Rom. 6:4). We have this, let us walk in it daily because we love Him, not because we are seeking His approval and desire to keep us.
I think that Charlie Bing states it best when he wrote:
Those who truly understand and appreciate the grace that saved them will not want to exploit that grace, but they will be motivated to live a life that honors God. Grace is a higher principle to live by, which, when properly understood and applied, helps us live a godly life. The Bible also admonishes us not to use our freedom as a license to sin, but to serve God and others. The fact that we are admonished shows that the abuse of God’s grace is a reality and a possibility for all.Simply by Grace, 49
Grace is not a license to sin to the one who understands grace. No grace is amazing and something worth living a God-honoring and God-glorifying life for. So, let us go and live for Him today and not for ourselves. Go forth and praise God today in that new life He has given you.