LIVE UNDER GRACE Thursday, 5 March 2015
“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain [. . .].” 1 Corinthians 15:10 (KJV)
The death, burial, resurrection, and goodness of Christ have all been reckoned on the believer. They all belong to you so you are not a sinner. You are righteous. You must first be right to do right. You don’t do right to be right.
When the message of grace is preached, religious spirit makes people think they should go crazy and begin to live anyhow. That is not correct! People are already living without license. The truth is that when you believe right, you will do right. When you believe the wrong things, you will do things wrongly and your life will become a struggle. People asked Paul, “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” (Romans 6:1, KJV). Paul replied: “God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:2, KJV). Then he goes on to say in Romans6:14, “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (KJV). So if you live under the law, sin will have dominion over you. But if you live under grace, it will not.
In Romans 8:1, Paul the Apostle says: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (KJV). The phrase “who walk not after the flesh” was not in the original manuscript. Is it wrong to do good works? No! Is it wrong to fast? No! Is it wrong to give tithes? No! Is it wrong to be involved in church activities? No! But when you think you need to do these things to be right then you are getting things backwards.
So if you do not understand grace, anytime you come to God-even if you do not say it like the Pharisee in Luke 18:11-12 but still believe it in the innermost recesses of your being-you are no different than the Pharisee. Rather than coming to God with the attitude of the Pharisees, thank Him for moving on your behalf. Thank him. He has already taken care of things. They have already been done. Thank Him. Thank Him for His mercy. The devil is a liar. You will testify.
Further reading: Romans 5:12-21; 6:1-15 Daily Bible reading: Morning-Numbers 32-34, Evening-Mark 9:30-50