I Am Victorious Over Sin

Daily God Walk for Friday, October 14, 2011

 Sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace…Thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.         – Romans 6:14-18

 

Paul seems to have come to a surprising conclusion about the effect of the law. Consider this statement, “Sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.” It is almost as if he sees a connection between the law and our inability to life free of sin.

Can it be true that the law itself sets us up to be drawn into and mastered by sin? It isn’t quite that simple, but there is truth in that. In Chapter seven he writes, “When we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death” (v5).

He seems to be saying it is the law itself which reminds us of our human, worldly passions. The difference between living under the law is that the with its rules continually reminds us of what we are as humans and that we fall far short of pleasing God; under grace we are constantly reminded of what God is enabling us to become through faith in Christ. The law tells us what we will never be and grace tells us what we can become.

As long as we are serving the law we are always trying to measure up and always being reminded that we come up short. When we are serving God by grace we are given a hope of peace in this life and redemption to eternal life.

A freeing power of grace is that we are no longer being reminded of what we are not, but we are given hope of becoming. At the point of our conversion we no longer need the law with its demands and condemnation. Now, under grace we have been given the nature of Christ and our desire is to serve God fully.

Under grace we do by nature what the law showed us we could not do. Under grace we no longer need the law.

 Prayer: Thank you Lord for your sanctifying grace which enables me to live free of the mastery of sin. Amen.

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