We’re under grace, so why not just sin?
Paul’s answer in Romans 6 is essentially this: Look at you! You’ve got an obedient heart now, and you’re addicted to righteousness. You’ll never be happy sinning, because sin is hard work with no real payoff!
I love this chapter, because it reveals the true nature of God’s counsel. There’s no guilt, no manipulation, and no fear. Instead, God gives you a healthy motivation to avoid sin and bear fruit. And it has everything to do with who you are now!
I’m sure by now you’ve heard a lot of religious guilt trips. It’s time to ditch that whole shame game and enjoy lasting motivation brought to you by the God of the universe!
Discussion Questions for Romans 6:15-23:
- What is the radical question asked in verse 15?
- What is the rationale given in verse 16?
- What does Paul say happened to you in verse 17?
- In your own words, explain verse 18. Be specific.
- What is the parallel draw in verse 19?
- What two key words in verse 21 offer reasons not to sin? Are they persuasive for you?
- How is “enslaved to God” a synonym for sanctification in verse 22?
- Verse 23 talks about the “wages” of sin. How is sin hard work? Is expressing Jesus hard work? Why or why not?