Live According to Reality — sermon on Romans 6:1-11 by Ps Sam Powell
Is it possible for a Christian to continue to wilfully and unrepentantly live a life of rebellion excusing it by claiming the grace of God?
The answer is an emphatic “No”.
We have summarized some portions from the sermon in case you don’t have time to listen to it. The sermon Living According to Reality: Romans 6:1-11 goes for 36 minutes.
What is being addressed in this question is not whether or not a Christian should or should not live like that. The answer is that it isn’t possible. It’s a contradiction in terms. A Christian living in rebellion to God is like saying that that object over there is a square circle. They are contradictory and can not exist side by side.
In Romans 6:1-11, Paul gives three strong reasons why this is so.
The first reason: In verses 1 and 2 it is the very design of Christianity to deliver men from sin. The only one who can come to Christ is the one seeking to be delivered from sin. Therefore if a man still desires to live in sin he has not come to Christ. It is not possible to truly come to Jesus Christ and desire to continue to live in sin.
A man who comes to Christ comes to be delivered from his sin. Therefore it is not possible to desire to live continuously in a rebellious life and come to Christ. They are contradictory.
The second reason: To be freed from sin means to be united with Jesus Christ in his death and his resurrection. If we claim to be Christians we claim to be dead with Christ. If we claim to be dead with Christ we claim that all our sins are nailed to His cross and we are risen with Him and have new life.
The third reason: It is not possible for a Christian to live a life of sin because Christ has risen from the dead. Sin and death have no more dominion over the head therefore they have no more dominion over the body. To say that we can continue in a life of unrepentant sin is to say that Jesus is really dead. This is why it is a contradiction in terms to say a Christian can live a life of unrepentant, deliberate sin – to continue in sin. Yes, we fall. Yes, we commit presumptuous sin. But the life that is in Jesus Christ poured out by the Holy Spirit always brings us to repentance and brings us back to the fold.
In verse 11 He says live according to reality. “Reckon yourself to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Continuing to live unrepentantly and comfortably in sin and excusing it by claiming God’s grace, is merely continuing in the bondage of sin.
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Some of you may be familiar with the hymn In My Hour of Grief or Need by Timothy Dudley-Smith. It is a hymn of lament. We won’t reproduce the lyrics here because they are copyright, but you can read them if you click here.