“ God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? “
“ God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? “
Paul answers his own question.
Unfortunately, liberals today condone and in a way promote sin so God's grace will abound, as Paul said in verse 1;
“... Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? “
But this has been going on for 2000 years since this is why Paul had to talk about this problem even in his day.
This is one of many reasons why some churches become large and others stay small.
People in general want a church that will teach them repentance is not necessary.
God obviously does not condone sin nor does He promote sin just so His grace will abound.
This is why Paul said;
“ God forbid.”
“ Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? “
Contrary to popular opinion, the reference to being baptized in the verse of our study is ' not ' in water.
If you remember in my earlier study in the book of John chapter one, we learned that John the Baptist said that he himself baptized in water but Jesus would baptize us in the Holy Spirit;
“ John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose. “ John 1:26-27
“ And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. “ John 1:33
There are different baptisms in the Holy Bible.
“ For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. “ 1 Corinthians 12:13
“ For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. “ Galatians 3:27
What Paul meant in this verse is that we are baptized only once into Jesus – in other words we are not saved multiple times nor are we born again by the Holy Spirit multiple times;
“ One Lord, one faith, one baptism, “ Ephesians 4:5
Paul is also telling us that just as there is a baptism that is not of water but rather through the Holy Spirit, there is a circumcision performed in us that is not tangibly of the flesh but is also of the Holy Spirit;
“ And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. “ Colossians 2:10-15
I will continue with verse 4 in the next study.
The Lord bless you and always keep your faith in “ the faith “ - that is, in the Lord Jesus Christ.
“ What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? “
“ What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? “
The Greek word “ epimenomen “ translated “ Shall we continue “ means to stay over, remain, tarry.
To study this chapter fully I want to lay some groundwork concerning established church doctrines within the body of Christ – that is, evangelicalism and doctrines within religions;
The doctrine of perfection – that is, after salvation no matter what we do it is never sin. Those who believe in Jesus are complete, whole and perfect and can never commit sin...therefore are no more sinners. This is based on grace.
The doctrine of eternal security – that is, after salvation we can never lose our salvation even if we choose to live as we lived before salvation, live with no commitment to Jesus and live with no continued commitment of faith in Jesus. Lock stock and barrel, we are eternally secure...even without faith ( which is interesting since they say that we are saved by faith ) Again, this is based on grace. If such a person undeniably gets messed up in the world then he or she is written off as never having been saved to begin with.
The doctrine of universal salvation – that is, every human being is automatically saved because Jesus died not only for the sins of those who believe in Him but He died for the sins of the whole world as well. Therefore, no repentance, faith or commitment is necessary and as with the doctrine of “ eternal security “ ( which actually came from a world religion ) no continued faith and commitment is necessary. Again, this is all based on grace.
The doctrine of predestination – that is, some human beings are pre -programmed to be saved while the rest of humanity is pre – programmed to go to eternal hell. No repentance, no faith and no commitment is necessary for salvation. If you are preselected to be saved there is no need for repentance or faith. This is based on grace. As with the doctrines of perfection, eternal security and universal salvation no repentance, obedience to any of Jesus' commands, continuance of faith, abstaining from sin, etc... is necessary. For the lucky ones who are pre – programmed to be saved this is based on grace...but contrary to what Paul said, without the need for faith. The unlucky ones who are pre – programmed to go to eternal hell are rejected from grace because God preselects who He will bestow His grace upon. Therefore, God's grace is limited.
The doctrine of grace – that is, God accepts us just as we are...no repentance, faith and definitely no continuance in faith is necessary.
Keep in mind and understand that these are church and religious doctrines based on select verses in the Holy Bible.
As I have always done in my Bible studies, I will show you the other verses that are wilfully rejected because they disagree with the established church doctrine.
In the verse of our study Paul declares that it is possible to continue living in sin even after salvation.
If we deny and willfully reject the reality of our condition even after salvation then we will never fully understand this chapter.
If it was not possible to continue living in sin after salvation then Paul would not have said;
“ Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? “
The Greek word “ hamartia “ translated “ sin “ means sin.
It is the same Greek word Paul used later in this chapter when he said;
“ For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. “ Romans 6:23
The writer of Hebrews, James and John also calls it sin in the life of the believer.
“ Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. “ Hebrews 12:4
“ Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. “ James 4:17
“ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. “ 1 John 1:8
“ My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: “ 1 John 2:1
“ If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. “ 1 John 5:16
However, the same John who calls sin, sin declares that after salvation a believer cannot sin;
“ Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. “ 1 John 3:9
The Greek word “ dunatai “ translated “ cannot “ means to be able or possible, could, may, might.
My friend, John is not contradicting himself nor is he contradicting Paul, the writer of Hebrews or James.
The way to understand John saying after salvation a believer cannot commit sin is to connect this phrase with what he just got through saying at the beginning of this statement;
“ Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin;... “
The Greek word John uses “ poiei “ translated “ commit “ means to do, continue, commit, to make, execute, exercise.
The idea is quite plain that it means to willfully live in sin.
In other words, just as Jesus said we will know them by their fruit, so John is saying that whoever is saved will not continue to live in sin.
Likewise, just as John in this same statement calls sin, sin when he said someone who is saved will not continue living in sin, was not denying the reality of sin when he said one who is saved cannot sin.
Clearly what John meant was one who is saved is not desirous to continue living in sin...not that the wrong he does is no longer called sin.
The point is he or she does not want to continue living in sin because of his love for Jesus and his relationship with Jesus.
Sin is still sin and can be committed by one who is saved.
The difference in one who is saved and one who is not is that he or she will not willfully continue living in sin since the desire is no longer there...or at least suppressed.
I will continue with verse 2 in the next study.
“ But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. “
Keep in mind that the only way Adam is compared to Jesus is in that by one man did much result from both and the fact that both are human – that is, as through one man Adam, were all human beings condemned, so as by one man Jesus are many able to be redeemed.
“ But not as the offence, so also is the free gift.”
The Greek word “ paraptoma “ translated “ offence “ means willful transgression, sin, fault, trespass.
The Greek word “ charisma “ translated “ free gift “ means gratuity, deliverance, endowment, religious qualification, miraculous faculty, free gift.
Webster adds the meaning to “ charisma “ as - “ to rejoice at.”
Paul is telling us that unlike the sin of Adam which resulted in condemnation to eternal hell, the free gift of Jesus Christ results in eternal life with Him.
“ For if through the offence of one many be dead, “
Always remember when Jesus said clearly;
“ He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. “ John 3:17
“ much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. “
The Greek word “ charis “ translated “ grace “ also means gift, grace, gracious, acceptance, favor, benefit, pleasure, joy liberality, thankworthy.
In the verse of our study there is yet another Greek word “ dorea “ translated “ gift “ which also means gratuity, gift.
Paul is not telling us there are multiple gifts through and in God's grace. Jesus Christ is the one and only gift of God through and in God's grace which includes the following;
being born again, rebirthed spiritually into God's family
Just always remember that all these things are in and through Jesus and in and through Him only - God's gift to the world.
Jesus confirmed this when He said to the woman at the well;
“ Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. “ John 4:10
Notice Paul said that even though the result of one man's sin Adam was devastating, even more than that is the gift of God.
In other words, God outdid what Adam's transgression did.
“And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. “
Paul is telling us that the judgment of God because of one sin committed by Adam resulted in condemnation for all humanity, so the many sins of all humanity through the free gift of God, Jesus Christ, resulted in justification.
“ For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) “
Notice Paul does not believe in universal salvation – that is, the common belief that all human beings automatically are saved and will end up in Heaven based on these verses;
“ The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. “ John 1:29
“ And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. “ 1 John 2:2
In the verse of our study Paul clearly tells us that it is only those who receive God's grace, not those who don't;
“... they which receive ... “
Unfortunately, not everyone will believe in the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ.
“ Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. “
Paul is telling us that by the sin of one man Adam came condemnation to all people, the righteous life of Jesus as the free gift to us from God results in our justification.
Always remember what the criminal on the cross said about Jesus;
“ And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. “ Luke 23:41
“ For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. “
Paul is telling us that by the disobedience of one man Adam all human beings were made sinners, so by the obedience of one man Jesus, will those who believe in Him be made righteous.
It was Adam's sin of disobedience that God judged and condemned.
“ Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: “
If you remember in my earlier study we learned that sin is not imputed where there is no law.
“ (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. “ Romans 5:13
However, Paul also told us that God put His Law in the heart of all human beings even though it was not the written Law of Moses;
“ For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) “ Romans 2:14-15
Paul also said that everyone is without excuse when they stand before God in judgment whether they heard the gospel preached or not;
“ For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. “ Romans 1:18-21
Technically, humanity has always had the Law of God but God's plan was to have the written Law of Moses make sin that already existed to not just exist but to abound;
“ Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. “
God did this so that He would make His grace abound even more than sin can abound;
“But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: “
My friend, God's mercy boggles my mind.
“ That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. “
Again, Paul emphasizes how even though sin results in condemnation, God's grace through Jesus Christ results in eternal life.
To receive the grace of God we must believe in Jesus, God's only begotten Son.
This ends chapter 5.
I will continue with chapter 6 of Romans in the next study.
“ For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. “
“ For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. “
The Greek word “ katellagemen “ translated “ reconciled “in verse 10 is the same Greek word used in verse 11, “ katallagen “ translated “ atonement “.
Technically Paul is saying that while we were God's enemies God reconciled us both by the death of His Son Jesus and by His life.
In other words, in the Greek the result of both the death and the life of Jesus results in reconciliation – that is, being restored from our hostility as enemies of God.
An interesting point is when Paul said;
“ And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, ”
The Greek word “ kauchomenoi “ translated “ joy “means to vaunt, boast, rejoice, glory, joy.
In Judaism under the Law, boasting was forbidden.
“ Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. “ Romans 3:27-28
As a believer in Jesus we can and should get excited about our relationship with God being restored by the death and the life of Jesus Christ!
“ That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. “ 1 Corinthians 1:31
Paul interestingly quoted this from Jeremiah, who like Abraham and Moses knew and believed in Jesus.
“ Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. “ Jeremiah 9:23-24
“ Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:“
Paul is telling us that by one man, Adam, sin entered the entire human race.
Death as well, both physical and spiritual came to the entire human race.
All human beings commit sin and die physically and spiritually because of committing sin.
“ (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. “
The Greek word “ ellogeitai “ translated “ imputed “ means attribute, to charge, ascribe, to put on one's account.
Even though Paul said in the verse of our study that without the Law, human beings are not charged with sin ( even though he said “ all have sinned “ ) if you remember in my earlier study Paul also said;
“ For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) “ Romans 2:12-15
The Law Moses wrote God had already put in the heart of human beings from Adam even to the present.
Those who have not necessarily heard the Law of Moses nor the gospel of Jesus Christ will still be judged but judged in the light they have received.
In other words, no one ever was or is innocent without faith in Jesus Christ.
People either have the written Law or the law God put in their heart.
“ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. “ 1 John 3:4
“ Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. “
The rebellious question in people's mind today is why would all human beings be guilty and have to suffer since Adam was the one who sinned.
Paul said we all have sinned even if the sins we commit are not exactly the same as Adam's sin.
Notice that Paul described Adam as a type of Jesus.
I will continue with verse 15 in the next study.
“ Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. “
“ Much more then, being now justified by his blood, “
Paul is saying that if God loved us so much that He would send His Son Jesus to die for us while we were sinners and hostile enemies toward Him, so much more will He save us from His wrath while being now justified through faith in Jesus’ blood.
If you remember in my earlier study Paul said we are propitiated by faith in Jesus’ blood.
In other words, we have been regained back to God’s favor, mercy, grace.
Likewise, our justification is also by faith in Jesus’ blood.
The blood of Jesus is the most important part of our redemption.
Do not ever forget it.
Our salvation will be complete as long as we continue putting our faith in Jesus’ blood and never change our faith to someone or something else.
“ we shall be saved from wrath through him. “
There is a general “ wrath “ that hovers over sinners who do not believe in Jesus.
Jesus clearly said;
“ He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. “ John 3:18
John the baptist said;
“ He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. “ John 3:36
Interestingly enough, God’s grace is poured out on even the sinner in that He will not yet let His wrath and condemnation fall on the sinner until after he or she physically dies.
God is patient in giving all human beings the chance to repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ…while they are still alive on this planet.
After physical death, it will be too late.
We as believers in Jesus and those of us who have placed our faith in the blood of Jesus are not appointed to go through God’s “ wrath “ of eternal hell nor to be judged and condemned to hell for our sins nor to go through God’s “ wrath “ during the 7 year tribulation period.
Since Paul spent much time in his letters to the Thessalonians about end times it can be interpreted that Paul not only meant God’s wrath of eternal hell for the sinner but His wrath during the 7 year tribulation period for the sinner when he said;
“ For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, “ 1 Thessalonians 5:9
Since the Greek word “ soterias“ translated “ salvation “ means salvation, rescue, safety, deliver, health, save, saving, we can rightly interpret this statement of Paul to coincide with the rescue and deliverance described when he said;
“ For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. “ 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
and when Paul said about the two-fold coming of Jesus later in his second letter to the Thessalonians;
“ Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, “ 2 Thessalonians 2:1
And yes my friend, it is quite evident Paul referred to 2 events here;
1.) “ by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, “
2.) “ and by our gathering together unto him, “
The Greek conjunction “ kai “ is ever present in his statement.
It is impressive that Jesus would die for us as sinners, His enemies.
It is also impressive that He is willing to rescue us from His wrath both that of eternal condemnation in hell and of the 7 year tribulation to come, just by putting our faith in the blood of Jesus.
Always keep your faith in Jesus and in His blood.
I will continue with verse 10 in the next study.