Does what we do really matter? If there is nothing you can do that can get you into Heaven, why try? If Jesus has made a way for all of our sins to be forgiven, then he expects us to sin, right? Why can’t we just have fun now, knowing we will be forgiven later?
6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
If you’re anything like me, you have heard or even dealt with a few of these questions. In Romans, we are told that when we become a Christian, we die to sin. That is, we are no longer to seek out those things that we know are wrong. We give our lives to Christ not to sin. Sin consumes your life. It will take completely over if you let it. This is why we are to die to it. We have to give our lives to Jesus, so that satan doesn’t have it with sin. We won’t always measure up. We will fall short, just as Peter did when he denied Christ three times, but if Jesus can forgive him when he needed him the most then he will forgive us when we fall. Do we really have to worry about judgment when Jesus will wipe away all sin? Of course we do!
12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
The difference in living a sinful life and falling is the same as lying down and tripping. You mean to lay down but you try not to trip. When you seek out sin, you are making a conscious choice to tell God you want something different from what he has, and you choose to walk away. Falling is those stumbles you have on your path to Christ. Those things that happen, but you get back up and repent then head forward again. Both will be wiped away by Jesus as long as you repent of them, but you will have to answer for those transgressions that you committed. Those things you knew where wrong and you went ahead anyways. I can’t begin to tell you how God will judge everyone, all I know is that he will. I, for one, want his list of charges against me to be as little as possible.