Through the years I have heard more than one person say “Oh,I’m a sinner saved by grace”as they continue to live in their sin.WHAT! Is this really all Christ did at the cross to suffer so that we may remain in our sin and claim we are saved?What did Jesus mean when He said to those He healed “Go and sin no more”?We find the answer explained very well in 1 Peter 4:1-7 how once we are saved by grace we are to cease from sin(1 Peter 4:1-7). Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
When the man at the pool of Bethesda was healed of an infirmity of 38 years Jesus even added words “Behold,thou art made whole:sin no more,lest a worse thing may come”(John 5:14).By Jesus saying a worse thing may come shows us there is a consequence in returning to the old life of sin we were freed from.
As a new creature in Christ we no longer serve the flesh and sin,but in newness of spirit serve God!(2 Corinthians 5:14-18).
Romans 6:1-14What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.