“So if we are saved, we can sin all we want because we’ll be forgiven.”
I’ve actually heard people claim that they can do whatever they want (sin) now that they’re saved and forgiven.
But that’s NOT how salvation works.
When Jesus saves us through our faith in Him, He frees us from sin. We are no longer slaves to our sins; rather, we become new, free, ALIVE, and righteous in Jesus. We are dead to sin and alive in Jesus Christ. Jesus changes us!
Dead to Sin, Alive to God
6 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self[a] was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free[b] from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
Slaves to Righteousness
15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves,[c] you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Romans 6:6 Greek man
- Romans 6:7 Greek has been justified
- Romans 6:16 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface (twice in this verse and verse19; also once in verses 17, 20)
Remember, since grace is not an excuse to sin, we must obey God. We don’t stop obeying Him just because He shows us His grace and forgives us. In fact, our faith in Him makes us obey Him and makes us righteous. We are new creations in Jesus and we are obedient to God because of our faith!
The Righteousness of God Through Faith
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Since we are new creations, Jesus’ love controls us!
14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling[b] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
- A change occurs in someone who is saved. Jesus frees them from their sin, so they are no longer slaves to a sinful lifestyle. Rather, they become righteous and desire to please God. Now that they are saved, they view sin differently; they realize how disgusting sin is, how badly it can hurt them, and how much it hurts God. A true believer does not see God’s grace as an opportunity to continue sinning, but instead allows Jesus to change their view of sin and help them overcome sin. A believer is willing to leave their sin and obey God.
- Someone who claims to be a believer but lives in continuous unrepentant sin probably isn’t really a believer. A change in the manner in which someone views sin as well as an increase in obedience to God through the guidance and power of His Holy Spirit serve as evidence that the person has really been saved and changed by Jesus through their faith in Him. If someone states that they are a believer, but they still view sin the same way as they did before they “got saved” (ex. Sin isn’t bad; I can do what I want; this isn’t really a sin even though the Bible says it is), and they are not willing to leave their sin and obey God, then they may not really be saved at all. Anyone can claim to believe in Jesus. Even demons believe He exists (James 2:19). A real (and positive) change in someone’s attitude regarding sin, as well as obedience to God through His Holy Spirit, indicate the genuine faith in Jesus by which one is saved.
- No one is righteous by their own efforts or works (Romans 3:20); no one can be truly righteous without Jesus. Rather, we are made righteous in Jesus. Without faith in Jesus, we are unable to obey and please God (Hebrews 11:6).
- If you want Jesus to be your Savior, you must also allow Him to be your Lord. Through faith in Jesus and by the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit, obey God. Allow Him to lead you. Confess your sins to God. Accept His correction. Be willing to turn from sin. Be willing to let Jesus change you. You can’t change yourself. You need Jesus! We all do!
- Those who are saved are controlled by Jesus love and act in obedience to God!
If you know that you have sinned and believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died for your sins and was resurrected by God on the third day, you can pray this prayer and accept Jesus as your Savior (the prayer itself doesn’t save you; Jesus Christ saves you when you truly accept Him as your Savior!):
Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You are the Son of God who died for my sins and for this sins of the world on the cross. You rose again the third day. I confess that I am a sinner and that I have disobeyed God. Please forgive me for all of my sins. I ask You to come into my heart. I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit and lead me to serve You, follow You and obey God’s Word and will. Thank You for Your unfailing love for me. Please give me Your peace and joy. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.