“17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of Grace and of the gift of Righteousness shall reign in life by One, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the Righteousness of One the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made Righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin has reigned unto death, even so might Grace reign through Righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:17-21
By one man’s offense, the fall of Adam, death reigns in the heart of the unbeliever. Because of Adam’s original sin we are all born with a sin nature which reigns and grows in our heart. It is not our sin nature that sends us to hell, if such were so, every child that died young would be in a devil’s hell. God forbid NO!
However, it is because of our sin nature that mankind is bent toward evil. Make no mistake, those who may appear “good” in the eyes of man yet they are not born again, are evil in the eyes of God. Their righteousness is self righteousness. Grace cannot reign in the hearts of man through self righteousness but only the Righteousness of Jesus Christ our Lord imputed to the believing Sinner upon conversion.
The unredeemed do not have the power to deny the devil. He is their lord who comes with many hats…depending on the particular evil of which they are bent. If we could deny the devil before our conversion, the Cross of Christ was in vain.
“3 Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His Death?
4 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.” Romans 6:3-4
Once the believing sinner accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior, we are baptized into Jesus’ death. Our sin nature is not dead but through this “baptism into (His)”, we are dead unto our sin nature of which we were espoused to due to Adam’s fall.
“2 For the woman which has an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he lives; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
3 So then if, while her husband lives, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
4 Wherefore, my Brethren, you also are become dead to the law by the Body of Christ; that you should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.” Romans 7:2-4
Being buried with Christ Jesus, we “…become dead to the law by the Body of Christ; that you should be married to another,…“. No more are we espoused to the Law of Sin and Death which condemned us to death because of Adam’s disobedience but made free by the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus because of Jesus’ obedience that we may be made Righteous and bring forth fruit unto God.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death.” Romans 8:1-2
There is but one Law greater than the Law of Sin and Death and that is the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. By this Law the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus, Grace reigns in our hearts through Righteousness freely imputed to the Believer. The devil knows this and trembles. Satan knows when the Believer’s faith is placed solely and exclusively in the Cross of Christ; our faith in JESUS’ obedience, that we are freely justified unto God by HIS (Jesus’) Righteousness and not our own. Our righteousness is as filthy rags.
“8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Colossians 2:8-9
It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to superintend the work of God in the heart of the Believer. He is the One commissioned to dethrone and isolate the sin nature upon accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior…not man. Philosophies and vain deceit after the traditions of men are offered up with all sincerity from the religious as doctrine.
“But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:9
Such doctrines, the rules and methods involved, even though cloaked in Scripture and may indeed be an ordinance of the church, are gross error when given to gain righteousness. Such righteousness is the same righteousness as the heathen; self righteousness. The doctrines cause the Child of God to live a defeated Christian life as they are swept to and fro with every wind of doctrine.
“8 For by Grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the Gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
It is by Grace through faith that we are Saved; justified by the Righteousness of Jesus Christ, and it is by Grace through faith that we are kept THROUGH His Righteousness unto eternal life (Romans 5:21).
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under Grace.” Romans 6:14
Grace reigns in the heart of the Believer because of our faith in the Cross of Christ. Fight the good fight of faith. Be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren