Friday, June 5, 2009

a natural objection and the strongest motivator..

"In Romans chapters 1-5 the Apostle Paul presents how man is justified before God by faith alone. He then anticipates a natural objection. He pauses in Romans 6:1-2 and says, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace might increase? May it never be! How shall we who have died to sin continue to live in it?” To paraphrase his argument in Romans 6, he basically says, “That isn’t the way the grace of God affects the human heart.” It rather illicits the opposite response. Who is going to believe that the grace and mercy of God inspires people to sin with greater intensity? Christians may sin for a variety of reasons consistent with the weaknesses and temptations of human frailties, but being spurred on to sin by the grace of God is not one of them. Does the Bible teach that the grace of God actually causes and inspires men to reach new heights of wickedness? Those who know the Bible best know that an understanding of the grace of God is the strongest motivator to right conduct which the human heart can know."

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