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2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?


How shall we [emphatic Greek—such as we are, the very ones who]

Paul answered a question with another rhetorical question to deal with the distorted idea of increasing grace with more sin.

The emphatic “we” in this phrase emphasizes the uniqueness we have by becoming Christians. “Such as we are” carries the idea that continuing to sin is against our new nature received by the status of being “in Christ.”


It is against the constitutional nature of Christians to sin without regard for the one who died for their sin.


If a sheep falls into the mud, it is her nature to get out; however, if a hog gets into the mud, he wallows in it, for it is his nature to stay there. The very nature of becoming a Christian changes a believer’s attitude toward both sin itself and the one who paid for his sin.