Meditation Commentary on Romans 6:1-5
1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Here at Verity, we talk more about the “modern church culture” more than any other place I’ve been. In fact, before coming to verity, I do not recall hearing this term referred to. Now that I am more aware of this culture we live in, and see the direction we are heading in, I see how this passage directly relates to this day we live in.
There is a bumper sticker that says, “Not Perfect, Just Saved.” What an incredible excuse for sin! True, as humans, we are in no way perfect. And true, if we have Christ living in our lives, we are saved. However, phrases such as this are often used as an excuse to live a mediocre Christian lifestyle, not striving for the excellence of Christ. Also, when confronted about sin, a Christian might say, “I’m a sinner saved by grace.” AMEN! The whole purpose for Christ’s death on the cross was to save wretched sinner like myself. Yet phrases such as this should not be used as excuses for sinning and living life for our satisfaction and gain. If we have surrendered our lives to Jesus, we have “died to sin” and should no longer tolerate the presence of sin. If we live no different from the world, and continue sinning like the world does, and continue imitating everything the world does, will people see a difference? Is one truly converted that lives a life like that? 2 Corinthians says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” As followers of Christ, every thought we think, every decision we make, and every word we speak should reflect Christ and his ways. People will know us by our fruits.
As I mention all of this, it is important to keep in mind that outward appearances do not mean everything. It is possible for one to put of a front, and look quite “godly,” while being empty inside. This passage is both challenging as well as convicting. I am thankful for the sacrifice Christ made on the cross!