A Biblical sermon should answer questions as well as raise more questions. In other words, teaching should cause us to grow in our understanding of God’s word as well as stimulate us to seek more answers in Scripture to questions that are raised. This was the case last Sunday, as we considered the question, “Do babies that die go to heaven?” We saw that God’s word clearly answers that question. But another question that came up afterward from someone was this one: “Then why should we oppose abortion, if those babies will simply go to heaven?” That’s a good question and the short answer is found in Romans 3:8, “And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), ‘Let us do evil that good may come’? Their condemnation is just.” It is wrong and foolish to think that doing evil will bring about good. In fact, those who live in sin claiming the excuse of grace are giving evidence of never having truly been redeemed at all (Romans 6:6; 1 John 3:9). And for those who use the example of Rahab lying to protect the Israelite spies, Scripture never commends her lie, only her faith (Hebrews 11:31). At that moment, her faith was new and weak, and she likely had no understanding of God’s ways of truthfulness. How much better would it have been for her not to lie and trust God to deliver her as she herself stated that He had the power to do (Joshua 2:10-11)!
So God never commends any wrongdoing. And yet, even believers can be tempted to sin, thinking that God will forgive it. As Paul goes on to write in Romans 6:1-2, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! That phrase, May it never be,was the strongest expression of repudiation in the Greek language, communicating outrage at the very idea. No one should think that sin is permissible because grace will cover it. Rather, grace motivates us to “renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-13). God’s grace is a transforming grace—it not only delivers from the penalty of sin, but it delivers from the power of sin, changing our hearts with new desires, new attitudes, and a new direction in life. Christ not only saved you from sin, He saved you to righteousness and to Himself. And so by God’s grace you are able to live a life of wisdom, joy, and blessing as you trust Him and walk in His ways. May that be your blessing today!