“What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!”
Paul addresses again the objection from his listeners with which he began chapter 6. Jewish moralists were pointing out to Paul the dangers of grace. They said that Paul’s teaching on grace would cause people to sin more. More specifically here, he’s responding to the objection that grace would cause a person not to take sin seriously. They would believe there is little danger in sinning because of grace and soon be entrapped by the power of sin.
Paul’s response could not be clearer. “By no means!” he responds. He knew the power of sin. That’s why, in the previous verses, he warned Christians to “let not” the power of sin reign within. He told them to “present” their bodies daily to God.
Paul knew the power to follow Jesus was daily choice. He knew the power of sin still lurked in the hearts of followers of Jesus. He knew the battle was real. He was not teaching the heresy to practice grace so sin may abound.
Rather, he was teaching that the Christian’s eventual victory over sin will be overcome by the power of grace, not law, in the heart. He knew that grace is the best motivator to overcome sin. In other words, Christians will love Jesus so deeply we will choose not to sin.
And Christians will never use grace as an excuse not to take sin seriously or continue to sin. That would be an abomination to a holy God who loves us deeply.
By no means would we ever allow that to happen!