We know that our old self was crucified with him so that…we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. (Romans 6:14-16, 18, NIV 1984). 7).
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature. (Galatians 5:13, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “Mice die in mousetraps because they do not understand why the cheese is free.” (Unknown). Many Christians allow their faith to be shipwrecked because they do not understand the relationship between grace and freedom. Grace “punches our admission ticket” free of charge, but it does not at the same time give us a license (freedom) to go on sinning. As Paul states, “by no means!”
But grace does much more than punch the ticket. It frees us from the bondage of sin. It enables us to say no to temptation. While it does not require a life of sinlessness thereafter (grace plus works), it expects (and enables) a life of obedience to the one who freed us from sin’s penalty. If “we go on sinning so that grace may increase” (Romans 6:1, NIV 1984), we demonstrate that we do not really understand freedom in Christ at all. For once again, Paul emphatically says, “by no means!“
So, we are slaves to the one we obey. Our obedience to the law’s of God is prima facie evidence that we are slaves to Christ who set us free from the bondage of sin. If, on the other hand, “we go on sinning” we are choosing be be enslaved all over again by the originator of sin — Satan. Perhaps we never gained our freedom in the first place?
My Advice – “I give you this instruction…so that by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith.” (1 Timothy 1:18–19, NIV 1984). Those who are literally shipwrecked want nothing more than to be rescued. If you are in this condition spiritually, this should be your greatest desire as well. If it is not, maybe you never booked passage in the first place. “Ships” are still sailing. It’s not too late to come on board.