Romans Lesson 10 Day 2
My answers to BSF study questions
It is a terrible thing to seek to trade on the mercy of God and to make it an excuse for sinning. Think of it in human terms. How despicable it would be for a son to consider himself free to sin, because he knew that his father would forgive. That would be taking advantage of love to break love’s heart. William Barclay
3. Paul refers back to Romans 5:20b —
“But where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more.” (HCSB)
Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Paul introduced the idea that where sin abounded, grace abounded much more (Romans 5:20). He now wonders if someone might take this truth to imply that it doesn’t matter if a Christian lives a life of sin, because God will always overcome greater sin with greater grace. (Guzik)
4. Does this lesson question suggest our salvation is in danger?
But in a less extreme way, the question still confronts us. Is the plan of grace “safe”? Won’t people abuse grace? If God’s salvation and approval are given on the basis of faith instead of works, won’t we just say “I believe” and then live any way we please? (Guzik)
So what does happen?
In the early part of the 20th century the Russian monk Gregory Rasputin taught and lived the idea of salvation through repeated experiences of sin and repentance. He believed that because those who sin the most require the most forgiveness, therefore a sinner who continues to sin without restraint enjoys more of God’s grace (when he repents for the moment) than the ordinary sinner. Therefore, Rasputin lived in notorious sin and taught that this was the way to salvation. This is an extreme example of the idea behind Paul’s question “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?“ (Guzik)
How can we continue to live a life of habitual sin once we are dead to it? We should not be ignorant of that fact.
We must remember who we are and whose we are.
“We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4 AMPC)
5. I don’t recall choosing to sin because I knew God would forgive me.
I chose to sin because I was weak. Satan exploits our points of weakness with a “one-two” punch. First comes persistent temptation, swiftly followed by condemnation. The satisfaction and pleasure are fleeting. The condemnation lingers.
I believe learning my true identity in Christ and developing intimacy with Him strengthens me. When He is my first love, sin becomes less enticing.
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 10 Day 2 ~ Romans 6:1-4