Have you been asked, or wondered yourself, ‘If salvation is a free gift from God, and so how good we are makes no difference to our standing with God… wouldn’t that mean Christians have no reason to do good, and so can even live sinful lives?!’
In fact, Roman Catholicism has made this criticism of Protestants since the Reformation.
In Romans 6:1–23, the Apostle Paul says: ‘NO!’
When Jesus died on the Cross, our old life of sin was put to death. When He rose to new life, our new life of righteousness began.
We were united with him in his death and resurrection. We are no longer slaves to sin, but have been set free to serve Jesus. And so the grace of God in Jesus is what enables us to live holy lives of righteousness…. not to save us, but because we are saved from sin and death!
It would make no sense to go back to our old way of living, for now we are alive in Christ.
In Christ, Tory Cayzer.