“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” —Romans 6:15
Because of the incredible revelation of the freedom in Christ, a misunderstanding may arise and an objection made that God’s law is null and void. The objection follows along the lines of this kind of skewed logic:
Since Christ has fulfilled the law whereas no other man can keep it or observe it perfectly, and since we have been freed from the bondage of the law, does that mean that those who are in Christ by God’s grace are not under any obligation to holiness because we have been freed from the law and are now under grace?
The apostle’s answer: “God forbid.” No way! Absolutely not!
There are many Christians that have drawn this very same conclusion, and thereby, live a life of licentiousness (and certainly there are many professing “Christians” who walk in sinful superficiality, living as they please because their hearts are still dead to God, but the true believer is not immune from this attitude because the flesh lusts against the Spirit, according to Galatians 5:17). The difference between the bondage under sin and the pardon of sin is so incredibly vast in measure, and so overwhelming, that if a soul’s conversion is not tempered in the Word of God by the illuminating guidance of the Holy Spirit, licentiousness may be the outcome. Another may be legalism, but that will be covered a bit later.
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Read the previous article in this series, “Set Apart for Service to God” (Romans 6:14).