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Grace

June 8, 2010

Grace

Before reading any further know that you must choose Christ as your Lord and Savior in order to be saved from damnation (the lake of fire). Revelation 20:14-15 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. [NKJV] God lets the sun shine on the just and unjust but only those that choose Christ as their Lord and Savior will spend eternity with Him. John 3:16 says that God so loved the world (you and I) that He sent His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish (because of their sins) but have everlasting life! If you have not please stop and pray and accept Jesus into your life. Then your name will be written in the book of Life. Then go tell someone and find a church and grow and share your gifts and talents there and then know that you truly fall under God’s grace and mercy. When you do this you choose everlasting life, in heaven not in hell!

Now let’s move on to our topic-

Romans 6:1-2: “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” Do you see how Paul argues? You can’t go on living in sin, because when you were united to Christ by faith, you died with Christ to sin. And so, since you can’t go on living in sin, therefore don’t continue to sin that grace may increase. You see the reasoning: Your death with Christ ensures that sin will not be master over you. Therefore, don’t let it be master over you. O may the Lord give us grace to adjust our thinking in line with Biblical thinking!

Romans 8:1 says, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” – that is, for those who are “under grace.” And what does this imply about our future? Let Romans 8:31-32 answer: “If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” In other words, if God did the hardest thing in justifying us – putting us under grace – at the cost of his Son, then he will do everything necessary to save us, including not letting sin be master over us.

Being “under grace” means being out from under wrath. And when we are out from under the wrath of God, all his power stands in the service of his mercy to help do whatever it takes to get us to glory (Romans 8:30). So the first answer is: being under grace guarantees that sin will not be master over us because being under grace means being out from under wrath, and having all the power of God on our side and not against us.

2. Second, when we are “under grace,” paralyzing guilt that makes us hopeless in the fight with sin is taken away.

This was my argument from Romans 6:6b-7. So I will not dig into it again here. Notice the last phrase in verse 6: “. . . so that we would no longer be slaves to sin.” That’s the goal we are after in this chapter: real freedom from sinning. Then comes the foundation of this liberty in verse 7: “For he who has died is freed [literally: “justified”] from sin.” Which is the same as saying, “For he is under grace, not under law.”

In other words, justification by faith alone is the foundation for not being a slave of sin. Which is another way of saying that being “under grace” is the foundation for not being a slave of sin. One reason that some people are enslaved to sin is that they feel so hopeless they won’t even make the effort to change. That is what the teaching and the reality of justification by faith alone is meant to overcome. So the second reason we see that being “under grace” guarantees that sin will not be master over us is that being under grace means being out from under the kind of guilt that is so paralyzing and hope-defeating, we don’t even take up the fight with sin.

Bro. Nixon

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