“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?” – Romans 6:1-2
It makes sense. The more sin there is for Jesus to forgive, the more gracious He is in forgiving it. It makes sense, but it seems to have made Paul the Apostle sick to his stomach. If God is so gracious in forgiving us, shouldn’t we go out and sin all the more so He has all the more to forgive? Bent over, retching Paul writes BY NO MEANS! Translate that as: this is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard! It may indeed make sense, but it also makes a complete mockery out of the tender love and care that flows from our God who is gracious to forgive us our sins.
The forgiveness of your sins is not a license to sin. The forgiveness of sins is an undeserved, unearned act by Almighty God, the One who could wipe us off the face of the earth with a swipe of His holy hand, yet in His great love chooses not to. In His great love He chooses to forgive our sins.
With this in mind, it’s quite easy to understand Paul’s frustration that he would even have to discuss such a ridiculously asinine question. His frustration bleeds through the pages and through the years as the same question is acted upon regularly by people who claim to follow Jesus. Cheap grace is the moniker by which it’s known today. The unfortunate argument goes this way, “I can do whatever I want today because God promises He’ll forgive me tomorrow”. How horrendously wrong this is! How dangerously close such a person is to losing God’s true abounding grace.
God’s abounding grace gives you license to live your life as a child of God, precious in His sight. Nothing more, nothing less. Let us never seek to manipulate such perfect love, and thereby lose it. Lord, have mercy on us!
“All glory to our Lord and God
For love so deep, so high, so broad;
The Trinity whom we adore
Forever and forevermore.”
Oh Love, How Deep (LSB, 544)