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Sin Reigns Unto Death, But Grace Reigns Unto Righteousness Unto Eternal Life

The concept of grace in salvation is much misunderstood by believers, and I wanted to share a few thoughts about it.

Most Christians have been wrongly taught to think grace enables God to go against his holy nature and to overlook sin. There are popular books circulating in Christendom that sell like hotcakes that give this impression. Does the believer "under grace" have the privilege to sin and get away with it, while the unbeliever "under law" does not? Does "grace" create two classes of sinners-one believing class of sinners, and one unbelieving class?

Does the Bible teach that believers may continue in sin so that grace may abound? Abound means to be present in great quantity. Sin is present in great quantity unto death in the lives of unbelievers who walk after the flesh and are "under the law". Grace "reigns through righteousness" (Rom.5:21) unto eternal life in those who are under grace.

So the answer is NO, grace does not abound towards those who continue in sin. God forbids that we continue in sin; grace will not abound toward us if we do so. (See Romans 6:1,2)

This is the truth; why don't we believe it? Because of the conditioning we've had through sermons, books and study bibles in which the writer has expertly "wrested scripture" to the reader's destruction. We reason within ourselves that our sins are automatically forgiven because of graceeven when we refuse to "walk in the light as He is in the light." We reason that justification by faith places our continued and abounding sin under the grace of God, when the Scripture teaches that God forbids that if we continue in sin grace will abound. (Rom. 6:1,2)

How many of these questions can we answer with "NO" and still assume we are under grace and possess eternal life? Have we reckoned ourselves to be dead unto sin? Have we reckoned ourselves to be alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord? Do we not allow sin to reign in our mortal bodies? Do we yield ourselves daily unto God? Do we not allow sin to have dominion (rule) over us? (The answer to this question will let us know if we are under the law or under grace. See Romans. 6:14) Do we yield ourselves as servants to obedience unto righteousness? Do we obey from the heart that form of doctrine delivered unto us (from the Holy Bible)? Are we servants of righteousness unto holiness? Are we free from (the dominion) of sin? Are we servants to God having fruit unto holiness and the end everlasting life?

"Yes" answers show how truly powerful saving grace really is! Grace is very strong...stronger than sin! " Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 5:20, 21

In the life of the believer saved by grace, Grace, which reigns through righteousness, abounds much more than sin! Grace doesn't mean that the believer can willfully sin and have grace cover it --that is a perversion of biblical truth, however popular this teaching may be today. Grace does not mean that the believer can willfully sin and be automatically forgiven while the unbeliever can sin willfully and reap what he has sown by going to hell.

God is not mocked in the lives of both believers and unbelievers: Galatians 6:7,8 says,

" Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."

True believers have the grace to sow to the Spirit but unbelievers do not have the grace to do this. Believers can willfully choose to NOT sow to the Spirit, and instead sow to the flesh. God does not force the believer to stand in his marvelous grace. He does not force the believer to to stop continuing in sin even though sin reigns unto death!

The believer is told in Scripture in no uncertain terms about what grace is, and what grace is not, and the Lord does not want us to be deceived about this because sin and grace are opposed to each other just as law and grace are opposed to each other!

Grace means we have, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the ability to serve righteousness instead of sin! But what about the believer who does not want to reckon himself dead to sin? What about the believer who allows sin to reign in his mortal body and obeys its lusts? Is he under grace? No! God does not coerce our wills and he does not treat us like robots. Sin must be daily put to death in the hearts and minds and bodies of believers or else they cannot biblically conclude they are under the grace of God. This is a daily decision to sow to the Spirit and not the flesh, and Christians who refuse to commit to this life of holiness and abiding in Christ can "believe" as hard and as fervently as they want, but if they won't believe and obey what God said about "the grace of God that bringeth salvation"-Titus 2:11- they will not possess it.

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