READ: What It Means To Be Under Grace - Part 4 by Apostle Raphael Macaulay




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


INTRODUCTION

The man in Christ is not under the law (the Old Covenant); he is under grace (the New Covenant). And now he has a responsibility to continue to renew his mind by the word of God, so that he will not enthrone in his conduct what has been dethroned in his nature.

When we preach the law, we enthrone sin in the life of the believer; he makes a practice of sin. And when we preach the grace of God, we make righteousness the consciousness of the believer; he makes a practice of holiness.


A COMMENTARY

Adam Clarke Commentary Bible has this to say on Romans 6:14…

"Sin shall not have dominion over you – God delivers you from it; and if you again become subject to it, it will be the effect of your own choice or negligence.
Ye are not under the law – That law which exacts obedience, without giving power to obey; that condemns every transgression and every unholy thought without providing for the extirpation of evil or the pardon of sin.
But under grace – Ye are under the merciful and beneficent dispensation of the Gospel, that, although it requires the strictest conformity to the will of God, affords sufficient power to be thus conformed; and, in the death of Christ, has provided pardon for all that is past, and grace to help in every time of need."


A HIGH STANDARD

Well, not only the past sins of the man in Christ is past, for that will mean there is a remnant of the sinful nature in him. The entire sin of the man in Christ is past, that is, his sinful nature has been changed completely. That's why he was righteous yesterday; he is righteous today; and will be righteous tomorrow. Hallelujah!

The grace of God is the medium through which we reach God’s highest standard. Indeed, God’s standard is high; that’s why Adam Clarke calls it "the strictest conformity…" yet, God has provided a way to reach His highest standard through His grace. This is what the law could not do.

So then, what it means to be under the grace of God is to have the enabling power of God supplied by His Spirit from within us to live the life God has called us to live. This life is impossible to the man who lives by or under the law.


THE MINISTRY OF DEATH

When we preach the law instead of the grace of God to see men live changed lives, we actually take them back to death. Why? Because the law is called the ministry of death.

“Now if the ministry of death, engraved in letters on stones [the covenant of the Law which led to death because of sin], came with such glory and splendor that the Israelites were not able to look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, [a brilliance] that was fading, how will the ministry of the Spirit [the new covenant which allows us to be Spirit-filled] fail to be even more glorious and splendid?” (2 Cor. 3:7-8 Amplified).


DEATH IS NOT LIFE

The law is the ministry of death engraved on stones, and so, anytime it is preached, death is enthroned. When you emphasize the law, you emphasize what it serves too, and the Bible says it is the ministry of death. So, death is served when and where the law is given prominence. Death symbolizes inability to do something. The absence of life is death.

In other words, men can’t do that which is right according to God's word when all they hear is the law, the ministry of death. They become powerless to live above sin, but succumb to its inner cravings. No matter how hard they try, they can't overcome sin.

The grace of God is not apart from the New Testament, and this is given so that men can be all God wants them to be. The more we preach the grace of God, the more holy men become in conduct. If the law is the ministry of death, then grace is the ministry of the Spirit, and the Spirit gives life. So, grace is the ministry of life. By grace, men receive life which comes by the Spirit.

What it means to be under the grace of God is to have life and have it abundantly. Our Lord Jesus was definitely not referring to the law when He said, “…I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]” (John 10:10 Amplified).

He was talking about His grace; for grace and [which is] truth came by Him (John 1:17).

The grace of God makes the life of God possible to live. You want to walk like Jesus did? Embrace His grace today and see it done. His grace teaches us how to talk and walk like Him. God gives us grace so that we can be like Christ in all.

May the grace of God strengthen to live above sin today and always, as you give yourself to the word of His grace. Amen.

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

Jesus is Lord!


Apostle Raphael A. Macaulay

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