Let Grace Reign in You

God’s gift of salvation is a gift of grace. It is an unmerited gift. We didn’t earn it because we can’t earn it. Sin is a stain we can’t erase. Only God can. This is central to the Gospel message. However, we have to be careful to understand the implications of that grace. That grace doesn’t permit us to sin all we want, thinking that we’re secure because Jesus died on the Cross for our sins. I’ve seen this taught and preached and when I hear it I want to scream because this is a heresy the early Church dealt with in various forms. If God’s grace is upon us, then that means we acknowledge and accept His Lordship over our lives. That means change, real change, to be more like the people God wants us to be. A friend of mine, when remarking about someone she knew, said, “I just don’t see any fruit.” She was referring to someone who said she was saved, but for whom there were no outward signs of change.

  Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  – Romans 5:20-21, ESV

Sin leads to eternal death – separation from God forever. As a result, sin reigns in death. Sin is something we’d expect to see prominently in someone who is perishing, and truth be told, it is something we all struggle with second by second. We all sin, and moreso than we’d like to admit. Paul, however, draws a contrast between those who are still facing death and those who are redeemed by grace. He makes the point that grace reigns through righteousness. Does grace reign in our lives? If so, there should be the righteousness of God visible in those very same lives. We cannot say grace reigns within us if we are not doing our utmost to be righteous. In other words, if we’re disobedient to the Word, we cannot lay claim to the fact that grace reigns in us. Maybe it does. After all, if I were to take just a snapshot of any Christian at the worst possible time, I’d sin the evil ugliness of sin bold and in control. One snapshot does not mean grace isn’t in control. However, when we examine the life of a Christian, one who is a disciple of Jesus Christ and not just wearing the title, then we should see where righteousness is visible and present. If we don’t see that righteousness as a regular aspect of our lives, then we better investigate what the truth us.

When you take the time to examine yourself, do you see righteousness more than you see sin? Do you have a desire to be righteous because it is pleasing to the One who saved you? A bigger question: are you examining yourself honestly? You can’t do this alone. The flesh causes us to lie to ourselves. Sometimes we can’t see the sin we are in. Do you have someone who will tell it to you straight when you’re not doing things the right way? When was the last time you talked with such a person?

We want to let grace reign. Grace reigning in us will shine the light of Jesus upon a world that needs to see Him. Grace reigning in us means we are better able to handle this life and all its challenges. Grace reigning in us means God is glorified and He is pleased. But for grace to reign we must seek righteousness. We must look to be obedient to God’s Word even when it’s hard, and I would say especially when it is difficult. Only by the obedience will we come to know God better and draw closer to Him. Only by obedience to the One in whom true joy is found will we be able to partake in that joy. Let grace reign in you. Let grace reign in me. Let us pursue righteousness and glorify the God who loves us so much.

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  1. good post… see i made a long comment

    @”That grace doesn’t permit us to sin all we want,
    thinking that we’re secure because Jesus died on
    the Cross for our sins”
    —————————————————

    good thinking! good point!

    ……………………………..
    “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning
    so that grace may increase?”

    “May it never be!
    How shall we who died to sin still live in it?”

    – Romans 6:1-2
    ……………………………..

    How does sin dominate?

    ……………………………..
    “For sin will have no dominion over you,
    since you are not under law but under grace.”
    – Romans 6:14
    ……………………………..

    unbelievers sin like crazy.
    unbelievers loves to sin.
    unbelievers are subjects of sin.

    but

    genuine believers cannot sin like crazy.
    genuine believers hates to sin.
    genuine believers are not subjects of sin.

    Genuine believers are not followers of Jesus,
    Genuine believers are not disciples of Jesus,

    Genuine Believers are the ones whom
    ……Jesus lives in them
    ……Jesus is their righteousness
    ……God does not impute/account sin to them

    @”However, when we examine the life of a Christian,
    one who is a disciple of Jesus Christ and not
    just wearing the title, then we should see where
    righteousness is visible and present.
    —————————————————

    this is interesting.

    remember the disciple Peter? denied Jesus 3 times?

    we are hopeless, if we try to become like a disciple.

    Christ is our righteousness.
    Christ lives in us.

    Is Jesus a teacher to us? or a savior?
    Are we to follow Jesus? or Let Jesus move us?
    can we really follow Jesus?

    @If we don’t see that righteousness as a regular
    aspect of our lives, then we better investigate
    what the truth us.”
    —————————————————

    I totally agree.

    righteousness is a gift. receive by faith.

    righteousness that is before God, and not man.

    the righteouss will definitely perform righteous works.

    we do not do righteous works to become righteouss.
    we become righteouss because by Jesus. we believe by faith.

    @”When you take the time to examine yourself,
    do you see righteousness more than you see sin?”
    —————————————————

    wonderfully said

    We are justified before God by faith. Jesus is our righteousness

    no amount of sin can discount our righteousness before God.

    we can never lose our righteousness. It is a gift from God.

    when we were sinners, no amount of good works transformed us into “righteousness”
    we were slave to sin. our master is sin

    when we were transformed into “righteous (by the blood of Jesus)”,
    how can sin morph us back to becomming sinner? can sin undo the blood of Jesus?

    by all means no! we are slaves to righteousness.

    God does not impute sin to us. never! God will remember our sins, NO MORE!

    @”We want to let grace reign.
    —————————————————

    thats the spirit!

    not even us, can stop the grace of God from manifesting in us. amen

    @Grace reigning in us will shine the light of Jesus upon a world
    that needs to see Him”
    —————————————————

    awesome truth!

    in fact, truth, thats is the difference fomr us and the rest of the world

    all religions have this “commands and laws to obey” – DEMAND

    but we who are in Christ are under grace – SUPPLY

    The Law Demands, Grace Supplies

    @”But for grace to reign we must seek righteousness
    —————————————————

    Amen!

    We must seek the giver of both

    @”We must look to be obedient to God’s Word even when it’s hard,
    and I would say especially when it is difficult.”
    —————————————————

    Amen!

    we must look unto Jesus, look only for Him in the scripture

    e.g. Abraham offering Isaac. who do you see? do you see yourself?

    look unto Jesus, and believe His finish work at the cross.
    “It is finish”

    @”Only by the obedience will we come to know God ”
    —————————————————

    Definitely .

    “By whom we have received grace….for obedience of faith”
    – Romans 1:5

    always by Faith, not of Works

    “But my righteous one will live by faith.”
    – Hebrews 10:38

    – grace and peace