What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
There are several excellent treatments of this passage; Isaac Watts’ Shall We Go On To Sin (sheet music here) is succinct, compact, and directly to the point:
Shall we go on to sin
Because thy grace abounds;
Or crucify the Lord again,
And open all his wounds?
Forbid it, mighty God!
Nor let it e’er be said,
That we whose sins are crucified
Should raise them from the dead.
We will be slaves no more,
Since Christ has made us free;
Has nailed our tyrants to his cross,
And bought our liberty.
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.
Here are two very different takes on this passage—first, a praise & worship interpretation from Travis Cottrell, and second, a Southern Gospel quartet version from Legacy Five.
And shall we then go on to sin (Romans 6:1-7)
Baptized into Christ the Lord (Romans 6:1-14)
G. Alan Crandall
Are we baptiz’d in Christ our Lord (Romans 6:3-11)
Should we our members yield? (Romans 6:19-23)