Refuting the False Notion of Grace: Romans 6:1-2
“1) What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2) May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” Romans‬ ‭6:1-2‬
Paul had many critics to his teaching about grace and justification by faith. The main objection was that Paul was teaching that grace nullified the Law thereby granting license to sin and lawlessness. By removing the Law he was throwing out a call to righteousness.
But Paul did not throw out the Law. He merely pointed out that the Law was never intended to be a means of salvation. The purpose of the Law was to establish the lost and sinful condition of humanity. (Review Romans 3:19-20)
The Law paved the way for the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross and the need for an alternative means of salvation apart from self-righteousness. The Law became the door keeper of grace and the doctrine of justification by faith.
But I must concede to the critics of Paul. Many Christians wrongfully view grace as an excuse for sinful living. They have a false and twisted understanding of grace.
Stay tuned as Paul unpacks the true meaning of grace and explains the full meaning of the Gospel. Romans 6-8 explains how grace is the enemy of sin and the pathway to freedom, righteousness, holiness and walking in the Spirit. Paul is about to explain the dynamics of what it means to be born-again to newness of life.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global