IF NOT FOR GRACE

The sinless perfection sect may deny the fact of sin but they cannot deny the results of sin. As our body decays; this mortal tent will produce wrinkles, gray hair and many other physical ailments due from the sin nature which dwells within each and every one of us. From the womb to the coffin our sin nature dwells within us ever seeking to regain it’s throne in our hearts.
 
“16 Know ye not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
 
17 But God be thanked, that you were the servants of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
 
18 Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness.” Romans 6:16-18
 
The unredeemed are not free from their sin nature. “Sin” is a noun, not a verb, 16 out of the 17 times it is mentioned in Romans 6. In the original text, the Apostle Paul referred to sin as “the” sin (the sin nature).
 
This sin nature that we are all born with due to the Fall of Man, cannot be overthrown by willpower. Even when we are Saved, our willpower is not stronger than the sin nature and it is possible to remain slaves to sin (the sin nature) if our faith is placed in our own ability to overcome.
 
If the unredeemed could be free from their sin nature and become servants of righteousness through their own abilities, the Cross of Christ was in vain.
 
“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.
 
5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.” Romans 7:4-5
 
Being baptized into Jesus’ Death at Salvation (Romans 6:3-5), we are now dead to the law…the law (any law) which invokes the sin nature that continues to dwell inside us. These laws, some Biblical ordinances and some not, are good. Do not smoke, do not drink, do not kill are all “good” laws to live by…but they invoke the sin nature which seeks to once again enslave the Believer.
 
“8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
 
9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
 
10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
 
11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.” Romans 7:8-11
 
We are dead to law through Baptism into Jesus’ death and alive unto God. Redeemed by the Blood of Christ, we are afforded the ability to be servants of Righteousness as the Holy Spirit isolates our sin nature. It is the power of the Holy Spirit Who isolates our sin nature and guides us into all Truths according to the Word of God…not our will power. This IS the Ministry of the Holy Spirit to produce fruit unto God but He cannot do so when we are fornicating with the Law. He (the Holy Spirit) is not commissioned to superintend the work of God when our faith is in our abilities for dominion over our sin nature.
 
“1 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
 
The Grace of God which surpasses all understanding is available for whosoever will believe. It is His Grace which commissions the Holy Spirit to work in us; to circumcise our hearts and remove those things which aren’t pleasing unto God. It is His Grace, God’s Divine Grace, which expels old things and makes all things new. It is God’s Grace that Jesus Christ afforded us at Calvary’s Cross. It is by Grace through faith that we are Saved and sin’s dominion laid waste.
 
Where would we be if not for Grace? Servants to our sin nature and married to laws and methods of man.
 
Where should we be because of Grace? Servants to righteousness and married to Christ…married to the One Who paid sin’s price and broke it’s power when He came to die on Calvary’s Cross. The cost of our Redemption was high. It cost a life…the life of Jesus; the Sacrificial Lamb of God. Our faith placed there, in the Cross of Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit will do a mighty work in our heart. There will be a change as we walk in newness of life. No more slaves to sin; jealousy, envy, strife, bitterness and anger can be reckoned dead because we are under Grace and not law. Knowing that we know that we know that he who the Son has made free is free indeed. Walk ye therefore in the newness of life. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
 
-Donna Clark Warren
 

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