It’s an old question: If “once saved always saved” is true, wouldn’t people use it as an excuse to sin? Romans 6:15 addresses that issue: “What then, shall we sin because we are not under Law, but under grace?” The Apostle Paul shows us here that this question has been one which has followed justification by grace from the beginning of Christianity.
The Apostle answers: “May it never be!” And the answer today is the same as it was then. Someone who truly recognizes the evil of sin, and who has trusted Jesus as his Savior, will not use grace as an excuse to sin.
The true Christian attitude is found in :17 “you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed.” This verse teaches us a couple of things about true conversion:
— First of all, it is a “heart obedience”
— It also describes genuine salvation as being “committed” to the teaching of the Gospel.
Genuine Christians do not consider the grace of the gospel as an excuse to sin. From their hearts they want to obey God, and they are committed to be His servants.
Which of these more aptly describes YOUR attitude: do you use the Gospel as an excuse to sin? Or are you seeking to obey God from your heart? The answer demonstrates whether you have really comprehended the Gospel or not!
Shawn, the YouVersion Bible verse from a couple days ago fits in nicely with your devotional– Galatians 2:20 NIV: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Thanks for your daily devotionals. I miss some, but they always speak to my heart and provide me encouragement in my personal walk with the Lord. Thanks for being a blessing. I thank the Lord for you. (Philemon 1:4-5)