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September 2, 2015

DEVOTIONAL – SEP 3

by Leslie John

GRACE ABOUNDS

Leslie M. John

GRACE ABOUNDS

GRACE ABOUNDS

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8)

Sin shall not have dominion over born-again child because He is not under the law, but under grace. By one man’s disobedience many were made sinners and so by the obedience of one shall be many made righteous. The righteousness does not confine to only many as few understand, but to all those who confess their sins to God and accept Jesus as their personal Savior.

The law pointed the guilt of a person but the salvation is through the grace by faith in Jesus Christ. In Him alone is salvation and there is no other way for being with him for ever and ever. Where sin abounded grace did much more abound and that is the reason why no matter how serious is the sin a man may have committed, except for blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, there is forgiveness in Jesus. Sin brought death but grace from Jesus gives us eternal life. Jesus Christ is our Lord and He is faithful to forgive us our sins.

What shall we say then, should we continue in sin that grace may abound. Apostle Paul says “God forbid”. We who are dead to sin will not live in sin any longer. We are baptized into Jesus Christ into his death. (Romans 5:19-21 and Romans 6:1-3)

Those who seek to do good works and earn salvation by their own works do nullify the importance of blood of Jesus Christ. The blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses the sin has no value for them. They diligently keep doing good works in order to receive salvation neglecting the repeated emphasis from the Lord Jesus Christ that there is eternal life only in and through him. As we read in 2 Corinthians 9:8 God is able to make grace abound to every good work. But good works are not the way for salvation. The good works follow when a man is born-again.

The blood of Jesus shed on the cross of Calvary can only save a person. This is the only way to receive eternal life. Salvation is available to all those who go to him and accept him as the Lord.

Now, here is the question :

After having been delivered from the bondage of sin by grace through faith should a child of God keep sinning because he is under the grace but not under law?

No. Never should a child of God return to sin and lose blessings from God. Salvation is not lost for those who are saved in the blood of Jesus Christ; however, the Scripture does not endorse repeated sinning. God will surely chide and chastise the one that falls repeatedly into sin and seeks grace time and again.

Should we not consider the fact that if we yield to sin we are servants to sin; and sin becomes our master? We are under grace and we should remain servants to our Lord and be obedient to put on Christ as written in Ephesians 4:24.

We were, once servants of sin; but after accepting Jesus as our master, we have become servants of righteousness. We should bear fruit unto the Lord by leading a life of holiness and have assurance that there is everlasting life for us in eternity. The law has concluded all of us under sin, but the gift of God is eternal life through Lord Jesus Christ.

“And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness”. (Ephesians 4:24)

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