READ: What It Means To Be Under Grace - Part 5 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

This is the believer’s responsibility; to keep his mind on the grace of God. Else, he will fall away from grace and come right under the law, which enthrones sin.

Like Adam Clarke puts it, “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.”


YOUR DUTY

In verses 12 and 13 of Romans 6, we see that it is the believer’s duty to stay true to righteousness.

It says...
“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness unto God” (Rom. 6:12-13).

That which pertains to the nature of the believer is done and sealed. Now the believer decides what he makes his body yield to; whether to righteousness, by the continual acknowledging of the grace of God, or to sin through the acknowledging of the law. God has concluded His part by making His grace available to us. We have to do our part by always renewing our mind with His word, making it stay on the grace of God. Hallelujah!


DEAD TO SIN, ALIVE ONTO RIGHTEOUSNESS

Paul said...
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” (Rom. 6:1).

A rhetoric question it is. And the answer is right here...

“God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (v2).

Another rhetoric question as an answer.

The man in Christ is dead to sin. By faith in the death of our Lord Jesus, we died to sin. And by faith in His resurrection, we are alive to righteousness. Once dead to the nature of sin is always dead to it. But then, we still have this body, and this is why we are admonished not to yield it to unrighteousness.

So, what it means to be under grace is to constantly acknowledge that you are dead to sin but alive to righteousness. Profess it until it becomes your conduct. We live by grace through faith in what Christ has done for us. And this is not without what we confess; for after believing, there comes confessing or declaring. Faith does not just believe in the heart, it confesses with the mouth.


THE MAN IN CHRIST IS HOLY

Don’t give in to the temptation of joining folks who say, “Nobody is perfect. Nobody is holy.” That will be wrong! Why? Because you are holy!

“Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (Col. 3:12 NLT).

“Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes” (Eph. 1:4 NLT).

That’s it there! Two evidences.

You are holy, and because you are, you can and should live holy. It is possible for the man under the grace of God to live holy because he is holy. God will not require from us what He has not empowered to do. If He says be holy, He’s not talking about our nature, for that is already settled by Him. When He says “Be holy”, He's talking about our conduct.

What does it mean to be under grace? It means to make all that has happened to our nature visible in our conduct. A changed nature must reflect a changed conduct.


GRACE FOR PERFECTION

The saying, "Nobody is perfect or holy", should not be taken to refer to the nature of the man in Christ. Maybe his conduct though.

Grace is given to him so that he can be perfect or holy in conduct. Most times, men give excuse for the things they can’t do. I believe that the man in Christ can exemplify holiness in every sense of the word. Anything short of this is to live a shortchanged life from what Christ has given us.

I am under the grace of God. I can live the life of God because grace is at work in me. My life radiates the grace of God. Hallelujah!

You are blessed!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is with you now and always. Amen.

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

Jesus is Lord!


Apostle Raphael A. Macaulay

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