Wednesday, July 23, 2014

UNDERSTANDING THE GRACE OF GOD

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Rom 5:1-2

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we a have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we b rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

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Even the fathers of the Jewish nation who got it with God did not eventually do it by their works but were ultimately justified by faith. David and Abraham are great examples. This is what the lord uses Paul to point out in the first eighth chapters of the book of Romans. God also wanted us to know that we were dead with Christ when He was crucified on the cross and this was the work of the law. We no longer have dealings with the law but with grace since the law has put us to death with Christ already. But we are now alive in Christ by faith in Him and because of His grace.

Many Christians may be deceived to think the grace of God is a license for them to sin, anyone who thinks this way does this because he is not truly walking in the grace of God but still working using the template of the system of law and by law I do not mean the Jewish law alone; I mean serving God using a system of dos and don’ts). Grace actually teaches us to deny ungodliness (see Tit 2:11-12). When we eventually get to the point of comparing the fruit of grace to that of the law, we will discover that grace begins were the law fails for example, grace empowers you not to look at a woman lustfully talk less of committing adultery, law only prohibits adultery, grace empowers you to love your enemy, law cannot etc. grace empowers law condemns.

Go into today knowing that you walk by faith and not by sight, you walk in the spirit and not in the flesh, you walk by grace and not in the law. Have a glorious day in Jesus name

Prayer: father in heaven, I give you all the glory for this glorious day. I pray lord that you help me walk in your grace and never again in any law that ends up in death. Give me the grace dear Lord to do this, in Jesus name. Amen

By SD Abraham

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