Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sin or Grace? (Part 2)

We left Monday with Romans 5:20-21 in mind: "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."

In your own personal life I wanted you to ask yourself if you were more aware of grace than sin. Then I quoted Paul in Romans 5 and asked if we are to sin so that grace may abound. Paul knew this was in the mind of the people of his time so he goes on to write: "What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no mean!" Why Paul? It seems logical that we would keep sinning so grace may abound. That way is logical to a fool. If grace is abounding over sin shouldn't those who have put their trust in Christ be grieving over sin and running away from it? When the greatest treasure and eternal pleasure has been revealed to the sinner than the sinner runs from the fleeting pleasures to seek after the treasure more and more. It is foolish to want to continue in sin. "How can we who died to sin still live in it?" Paul knew the logic was flawed and sinful.

In your own life are desiring to sin and trusting that grace will just abound? The true follower of Christ will sin but with great grief. The grief will be godly grief and will produce a broken and repentant heart that will turn its gaze to Calvary and what Christ accomplished on the cross. Grace will abound! The cross will triumph!

For the Christian grace ought to always be viewed through the lens of Calvary. The more we see Christ and him crucified the more we will run away from sin. When we do sin, grief will follow. Maybe some guilt. But we must not stay in that place for Christ has stood in that place for us. He is the one who bore our griefs and was crushed for our iniquities (Is. 53). When we focus too much on sin the cross is diminished. We must faithfully examine our hearts, repent of sin and then rejoice in the grace of our great Savior. May grace overpower sin in your soul.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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