cwkennedy

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Come Out, Come Out, Where Ever You Are!

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Romans  6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Romans  6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Romans  6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

We just had Easter Sunday and God blessed it so much!  7 people were saved and 1 got assurance of salvation, and 1 rededicated his life to God!  We also had an Easter play that was simply amazing!  A lot of hard work went into it, but it was Amazing because of God!  While I think about Easter, I am reminded that Jesus was crucified and gave up the Ghost.  He was buried and rose again the third day!  This got me thinking about God’s Grace.

Grace is getting something good that we do not deserve! These verses are some of my favorite!

Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Romans 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Because Jesus rose from the dead, we have God’s Grace, Hallelujah !!!!  I need it!  I also need His mercy!  As I was continuing on in the scripture reading, I went to the next chapter and God reminds us why we have Grace…it is not to wallow in sin!

We have Grace to help us live the Christian life and it helps us come back to God when we mess up!  I know that I may have sounded like I contradicted myself, but understand this; we as sinners are going to sin, no matter how hard we try not to sin.  Those who use Grace to justify their sin, are twisting a righteous gift from God to justify their desire and justification of sinning (iniquity).  God gives  grace to help us retain a relationship with Him.  When we fully understand Grace, we get confidence to know that no matter what we do, what we say, God will forgive us and will accept us back to Him!  This should give us boldness in the Christian life to press on the upward way.  When we get God’s Grace, we are getting an assurance from God that He loves us no matter how bad we mess up! He loves us not because of what we can offer Him, but rather because He is a loving God.  He doesn’t need anything that we have, He chooses to love us regardless of what we can offer Him.

I don’t know about you, but that thought alone gives me the confidence to live the Christian life!  Think about this, God wants you to have 100% total security in the Eternity of your relationship with Him.  When we realize that God’s love will not diminish but rather grow stronger, we should be more zealous and more courageous for Him!  Are you away from the Lord?  If so, He has just enough Grace for you to come back to Him!  Take a moment and do that, come back to God!  He misses You!

 

April 10, 2012 - Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. @”God reminds us why we have Grace…it is not to wallow in sin!”
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    “Sin shall have no dominion over you for
    you are not under Law, but Grace”
    – romans 6:14

    “How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
    – romans 6:2

    It is impossible to live in sin. we are dead to it.
    Sin cannot dominate us, because we are under grace

    @”Those who use Grace to justify their sin”
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    these people are NOT under grace.

    because obviously they are dominated by sin.

    “Sin shall have no dominion over you for
    you are not under Law, but Grace”
    – romans 6:14

    @”Are you away from the Lord? If so, He has just enough
    Grace for you to come back to Him! Take a moment and do that,
    come back to God! He misses You!”
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    Amen!

    lovely post brother.. keep it up!

    – grace and peace

    Comment by savedbygrace | April 11, 2012 | Reply

    • Christians can live in sin. I have before. Rom 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. What ever we do, if it is not in faith and by faith, it is sin. We do not have perfect faith because we still doubt. I have loved ones that are saved but still like to smoke, drink, etc.

      The scriptures you put in the comments are saying that sin will not have dominion over our eternity because of God’s gift of grace….Salvation. Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
      Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
      Sin can no longer have dominion over us because Jesus defeated it! Christians can still choose to live in sin and wallow in it. While God broke the chains of sin, MANY christians go back to sin because they are living in the power of the flesh and are not submitted to God and are not allowing God to rule in their life.

      The scriptures in chapter 6 are pleading with the christians to live for God and not go back to sin. The writer was trying to convince the church in Rome that they did have victory over sin through what Jesus did. He was admonishing them not to go back to the sin that they were freed from. Your other comments indicate that christians can live a sinless life and that is not true.

      Thank you for the kind words about my post. I did want to clarify what the Bible said in those verses.

      Comment by cwkennedy | April 11, 2012 | Reply

      • I dont mean to be argumentative please treat my words as softly as you can 🙂

        @”Christians can live in sin”

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        You are Absolutely right!

        @”Christians can live in sin. I have before”

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        ***How have you outlive sin?

        @”Rom 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith:
        for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. What ever we do, if it is not in faith and by
        faith, it is sin”

        ———————————————————————————–

        some Christian, their faith is weak. when they see someone eat meat, they think its sin.

        the one who eats meat by faith is to consider the one who does not eat meat

        the goal is for the “weak brother” to be a “strong brother” who can eat
        everything without doubting. doubt is sin.

        ***what do you think of drinking wine? is it a sin or not?
        ***how about going to night clubs?

        @”The scriptures you put in the comments are saying that sin will not have dominion over
        our eternity because of God’s gift of grace”

        ———————————————————————————–

        I dont mean to be argumentative 🙂 so here we go.

        ***hmm. dont you think that by default, sin does not dominate in heaven?

        “Sin shall have no dominion over you for you are not under Law, but Grace”
        – romans 6:14

        It says “under Law” so if you are “under Law” then …
        but since we are “under grace” then …

        this is what means to be under grace – we have fellowship with God because we are in the light
        there is no darkness in God. God is light. We are the sons of light. we are the light of the world.

        “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,

        and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

        – 1 John 1:7

        in the greek “cleanses” is continuous tense. Jesus blood continually cleanses us of all sin.
        because we are in the light

        @”MANY christians go back to sin because they are living in the power of the flesh”

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        You are Absolutely right!

        The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.”

        – 1 Corinthians 15:56

        long before the Law was given, sin was there. but God does not impute sin.

        “Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.”
        – Romans 4:8

        We are that blessed man

        the Lord does not count our sin against us. why? (i know you know it)
        because Jesus bore all our sins, and Jesus righteousness imputed to us

        do we sin? sometimes? every day? (i know you know it)
        yes! we do, regardless of the frequency

        but the thing is, God does not impute sin to us.

        what then shall we say? shall we sin more because God does not count it against us?

        Jesus said

        “a person who does not know how much He has been forgiven, will love less
        but a person who knows he has been forgiven much, will love much”

        I hate sin! You hate sin! both of us hates sin. (we do everything to get rid of sin, right?)

        ***but if someone claims to be Christian, and yet loves to sin? i’ll question. I dont mean to judge.

        “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him;
        he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.”
        – 1 John 3:9

        “This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are:
        Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God;
        nor is anyone who does not love his brother”
        – 1 John 3:10

        Preaching against sin to Christian, does not empower then to go and sin no more.
        It is the gift of no condemnation that empowers a them to go and sin no more

        that gift of no condemnation is “grace”

        “And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”
        – John 8:11

        but we have it in reverse in the churches.

        “Sin no more first, Then we will not condemn you”

        “We will welcome you if you Sin no more”
        “Come to God’s throne of grace without sin to receive forgiveness”
        “clean yourself of sin, before washing your feet by the word”

        @”Sin can no longer have dominion over us because Jesus defeated it!
        ———————————————————————————–

        You are Absolutely right!

        @”Christians can still choose to live in sin and wallow in it”
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        I haven’t seen yet a genuine believer, who knows he is righteous by faith,
        chooses to live in sin. usually a genuine believer emits a fragrance of righteousness.

        lets jut say “a Christian chose to live in sin,”

        ***can that sin dominate them?

        ***have you seen Christians possesed by the devil? whats your take on that?

        @”While God broke the chains of sin, MANY christians go back to sin because they are living in the
        power of the flesh and are not submitted to God and are not allowing God to rule in their life.
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        while I dont believe a Genuine Believer goes back to sin, but heres my though

        Can a Christian who chosed to sin, be called “sinner” again?
        Can sin abound much more than grace over a Christian? can sin exceed grace over a christian?

        Lets say a Christian chosed to sin and that he is now a “sinner”
        – is he now not saved anymore? did he lose salvation?
        – can he received Jesus again and be saved?

        @”The scriptures in chapter 6 are pleading with the christians to live for God and not go back to sin”
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        in the greek, the “sin” here is noun. not a verb.

        actually in the entire romans, the word “sin” was majority a noun

        I believed our title is no longer “sinner”

        we were slaves to sin, we were sinners right after birth. because of Adam’s sin.

        but then now, when we are in Christ
        “we are slaves to righteousness”

        sin cannot dominate us into becoming a sinner

        we cannot sin our way back to sinner hood.

        “The good works we’ve done when we were slaves to sin
        did not cause us to become slaves of righteousness
        the blood of Jesus cleanses and forgives us all sins
        therefore we become slaves to righteousness.

        so, how can we, or how many sins do we need to commit
        to go back to our sin master?”

        @”The writer was trying to convince the church in Rome that they did have victory over sin through what Jesus did”
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        You are Absolutely right!

        @”Your other comments indicate that christians can live a sinless life and that is not true”

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        Absolutely not! and I apologize, deeply sorry for making that impression on you and your readers.

        Before God, We are Justified and Righteous by faith. It is as if we are sinless before God.

        Before man? forget it! look

        .

        smoking is sin.

        man wearing earrings is sin

        drinking beer is sin

        watching movie is sin
        going to concert is sin
        singing wordly songs is sin

        man has different versions of righteousness. usually it is attached to “doing right”

        with God, we are rightouess NOT because we have done right, but because of Jesus

        “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is,
        our RIGHTEOUSNESS, holiness and redemption”
        – 1 Corinthians 1:30

        -“Paul said “anything done without faith is sin”

        it can mean our effort to serving God done not by faith is sin

        or
        it can mean playing guitar in praise and worship done without faith is sin

        -“James said “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”

        it can mean our fear of not standing up against preachers who preaches another gospel is sin.

        or
        it can mean when God tells you to preach about Jesus in a train and not do it, is sin

        Sin is indeed a monster. We cannot conquer it. But Jesus has.

        before I end,

        “I am vehemently Against SIN and SINNING!”

        – grace and peace

        Comment by savedbygrace | April 11, 2012


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