READ: What It Means To Be Under Grace - Part 3 by Apostle Raphael Macaulay




Romans 6:14
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.


INTRODUCTION

Grace does not encourage sin; grace deals with sin. If there’s anything that encourages sin, it is the law, not grace.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:56, that “The sting of death is sin, and the strength [power] of sin is the law” (Brackets mine). In other words, sin is empowered by the law and not by grace.

Man, in his mind, thinks that the more he preaches about the law and sin, the more he’ll get the people not to sin. But that’s not what the word of God says! It's not about what we think might work to make men stop sinning, it's about what the word of God says.


ONLY UNDER GRACE

From the word we know that sin derives its power from the law, while righteousness is put on display through the grace of God. You can tell what a congregation listens to frequently by their deeds. One thing is certain, according to God’s word, sin shall not have dominion over that believer who is not under the law (not conscious of the law) but under grace (conscious of the grace of God).

Meaning, grace produces righteous deeds. And where they claim to preach the grace of God and men still grow in sinful habits, then they are not truly preaching the grace of God.

Is the child of God not automatically under grace? Of course, he is. But then, he can fall away from grace! This would be his doing and not God.

The Bible says in Galatians 5:4, “For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace” (NLT).


ALREADY ABOLISHED

Clearly, that was written to believers, men under the grace of God. So then, a believer falls away from God’s grace when he begins to try to make himself right with God by keeping the law. Why is this so? Because the Lord Himself has abolished the law. That which has been taken away ought not to be what the man in Christ lives by. The law was not written to the man in Christ.

The Bible says in 1 Timothy 1:8-9, “Now we know [without any doubt] that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully and appropriately, understanding the fact that law is not enacted for the righteous person [the one in right standing with God], but for the lawless and rebellious people, for the ungodly and sinful, for the irreverent and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers…” (Amplified).

Apparently, the law is not meant for the man in Christ because he is the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). He is righteous, not sinful. He is obedient because he has believed the gospel of Christ. He is not lawless because he has the law of the Spirit of life at work in him; this law is the law of grace written in his heart. Hallelujah!


NOT BY THE LAW

Can a man use the law lawfully and appropriately? Well, if it’s possible, then such a one will be blameless and made right with God by the law. But God’s word does not say so.

It says, “For no one can be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are” (Rom. 3:20 NLT).

It also says, “But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.” So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, "It is through faith that a righteous person has life"" (Gal. 3:10-11 NLT).


THE LETTER OF THE LAW KILLS

Every truth shall be established in the mouth of two or three witnesses. Scriptures are clear on what encourages a sinful lifestyle, and it is obviously not the preaching of the grace of God. The law is the codes written and engraved in stones; it is the letter that kills.

The Bible says, “He has qualified us [making us sufficient] as ministers of a new covenant [of salvation through Christ], not of the letter [of a written code] but of the Spirit; for the letter [of the Law] kills [by revealing sin and demanding obedience], but the Spirit gives life” (2 Cor. 3:6 Amplified).

Notice it says the letter of the Law is what kills, and not that the Scriptures of the Old Testament books kills.

Some have misinterpreted this text to mean the books of the Old Testament kill. That’s not true; for this will mean we should do away with all the books, and not even teach from, or quote them. Some don't know when to separate the law from the books of the Old Testament.


THE BOOKS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT ARE NOT THE LAW

The Bible is very clear and specific on what it means by the law that kills. It says it is the letter of the law that was written and engraved on stones, and not the books of the Old Testament. The books of the Old Testament are not the law. The law written and engraved on stones is what the New Testament came to substitute, and not the Old Testament books; "for whatsoever was written aforetime, were written for our learning…" (Rom. 15:4).

We see quotes from the Old Testament books in the New Testament, particularly the epistles...

Peter has this to say...
"But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy" (1 Pet. 1:15-16).

He quoted verse 16 from the book of Leviticus 11:44, one of the Old Testament books.

Paul has the following to say...
Romans 9:20. Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed (it,) Why hast thou made me thus?

This he quoted from the book of Isaiah 29:16, one of the Old Testament books.

1 Corinthians 1:31. That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

This he quoted from the book of Jeremiah 9:23-24, one of the Old Testament books.

When he spoke about giving, Paul said, "But this (I say,) He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully" (2 Cor. 9:6).

He quoted from the book of Proverbs 11:24, one of the Old Testament books.

Luke, the writer of the book of Acts didn't leave out quotes from the Old Testament books either, as events were recorded...

Acts 1:20. For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and let his bishoprick let another take.

That's a quote from the book of Psalm 69:25 and 109:8, one of the Old Testament books.

Acts 13:33. God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that He hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee. 34. And as concerning that He raised Him up from the dead, (now) no more to return to corruption, He said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. 35. Wherefore He saith also in another (psalm,) Thou shalt not suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption.

This was Apostle Paul speaking. Verse 33 is a quote from the book of Psalm 2:7. Verse 34 is a quote from the book of Isaiah 55:3. And verse 35 is a quote from the book of Psalm 16:10. Clearly, all are Old Testament books.

There are other scriptural evidences to show that the Old Testament books are widely used in the New Testament, particularly the epistles. So, the abolition of the law does not include the Scriptures of the Old dispensation.

You are blessed!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Say this...
I triumph always!
I win always!
I rule! I reign!

Jesus is Lord!


Apostle Raphael A. Macaulay

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