In Romans 6: 1, the Apostle Paul sets forth the foregoing question and then answers with a thunder, “God Forbid!” At this time, we will lift the question from its technical setting and stress some simple but challenging questions.
Shall We Continue In Sin When We Know Its Origin?
In 1 John 3:4, we learn that, “Sin is the transgression of the law.” And, in 1 John 3:8, we are further informed that “the devil sinned from the beginning.” Further, everyone who has read, so much as the first three chapters of the first book of the Bible will remember that it was the serpent (Satan) who enticed Eve to commit the first sin.
Yes, in Genesis 3:1-6, the serpent lied by assuring Eve she would not die if she disobeyed God. Further, the serpent implied that God had selfish reasons for insisting that Adam and Eve abstain from the one forbidden tree. In John 8:44, Jesus said, “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth because there is no truth in him.”
Hence, those who engage in rebellious acts against the will of God are said to be servants (slaves of both Satan and sin). Such are described as Satan’s children in Satan’s family, rebellious, wicked citizens of Satan’s kingdom.
Shall We Continue In Sin When We Know Its History?
The history of sin is dark and dreadful. As every Bible student knows, the black history of sin begins in Genesis 3:6. The consequences of their iniquity were immediately forthcoming! They began to die physically. But, even worse, they died spiritually! The word “death,” means “separation.” Hence, we see that physical death is the separation of the body and the spirit. And spiritual death is the separation of the eternal soul from God!
It seems that once sin (rebellion) was loose in the world it has rolled like a tidal wave over generation after generation. In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve sinned. In Genesis 4, Cain became the world’s first murderer. And by Genesis 6, ten generations have come upon the earth. At that point God noted that “the wickedness of man was great in the earth” (Gen. 6:5). Hence, through the grace of God and the righteousness of Noah and his family, human life on earth was allowed to continue. All others died because of their iniquity.
But, as we continue to Genesis 12, we learn that after another ten generations mankind was rebellious and as wicked as before the flood. Hence, at that point, God called Abram to separate himself and form a special people from whom Jesus, the Savior could come.
As we turn on through our Bibles we learn that sin caused the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Sin caused the downfall and death of King Saul. Sin caused shame and a life time of woe to King David. Sin caused both Israel and Judah to spend 70 years in slavery. Sin caused the crucifixion of Jesus. Sin causes the damnation of all who will not turn to Christ and obey the gospel. Also, when we consider the history of sin, we find that the page of our life is also there! Sin has and will continue to create misery, sorrow, and despair in our lives so long as we live.
Shall We Continue In Sin When We Know Its Trend?
There is no question, the trend of sin has always been and always shall be downward. No one ever became a better person by flaunting and rebelling against the laws of God.
In 2 Timothy 3:13, Paul wrote, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse . . . .” And so, sin is invariably a progressive influence. Sin sears the conscience and the last sin eases the way for the next.
Invariably one sin will lead to another and the second is usually worse than the first. So, unless we “come to” ourselves and wake up to what sin is doing to us, there will come total destruction of both body and soul. Truly, we cannot take fire unto our bosom and not be burned! Sin separates from God, it condemns the soul, and it will not be allowed in heaven.
Shall We Continue In Sin When We Know Its Results?
The results of sin have been so varied and devastating it is impossible to really comprehend the vastness of sin and the immeasurable suffering it has caused.
Sin has destroyed reputations, good names, family trust, marital happiness, and self-respect. A night’s unrestricted indulgence in sin has produced separation, divorce, and murder. A night’s unrestricted indulgence in sin has produced illegitimate children, introduction into crime, incurable disease, disgrace, imprisonment, and premature death.
And then, the ultimate result of sin is the everlasting loss of the soul. Physical and mental suffering are devastating. However, loss of the soul is even worse. Jesus explained that the wicked would be cast into “outer darkness” where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” He later said those cursed by sin, would depart “into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. ” And in John 5:28-29, the Lord explained that on judgment day, “all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth.” And He further explains that those that have lived evil lives will come forth, “unto the resurrection of damnation.”
Shall We Continue In Sin When We Know Its Remedy?
In Romans 6:23, Paul warns that “the wages of sin is death . . .” And in Galatians 5:19-21, he enumerates the “works of the flesh.” He declares that those who continue in such wretched ways “shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
And when Paul, wrote to the Philippians he helps us to understand that good worthwhile thoughts help prevent sin. He explains that we should dwell on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of a good report. However, these good thoughts will not remedy or remove the sins we have already committed.
Yet, we must realize that with the sacrifice of Jesus and the preaching of the gospel, remission of sins is now possible. Yes, forgiveness of sins is now available to all. You remember Jesus said, “Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).
But, what is the remedy for sin? Belief in Jesus (Jn 3:16 f; Jn 8:24). Confession that Jesus is the Son of God (Matt. 10:32 ff; Acts 8:36-37; Rom. 10:10). Repentance or turning from sin (Lk. 13:3 ff; Acts 17:30; Acts 2:38). Baptism (immersion) in water (Mk. 16:16 ff; Acts 2:38; 8:38-39; 18:8; 22:16; Rom. 6:3-5). Faithfulness unto death to the doctrine of Christ and his apostles (Jn 8:31 f; Acts 2:42; 2 Jn 9; Rev 2:10).
So, we see that the grace of God has provided a way of escape! Yes, by obeying the gospel of Christ anyone can have remission of his sins. This obedience and remission of sins by God, allows each one to be a Christian, a member of the body (church) of Christ, and a citizen of God’s Kingdom (Acts 2:47 f; Phil 3:20)
Considering that there is a remedy for sins, shall we continue in sin? God forbid!