While on my exercise walk this am, I read and meditated on one of my 3×5 memory cards, this one Romans 6:12-14, and especially verse 14: “For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace.”
As I thought about it, I realized that grace is not only a free gift and enabling to live for God but also a “tutor.” I recalled the verses in Galatians: “But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith” (3:23-24).
Now like a “tutor,” Grace teaches us, and salvation–all of it, justification, sanctification, glorification–comes to us in Jesus Christ, in His Grace. And it comes by faith. Even more, we learn about God through the lessons of His grace, and those lessons continue throughout life, for God is very gracious, continually gracious.
Sad when we do not realize that we are not under law but under Grace, especially when we try to earn God’s favor, try to please Him via our own efforts. Jesus Christ is our favor, and righteousness, our good standing with God, and wisdom, and faith and so much more.
And Grace is the power that enables us to “not let sin reign” (Rom. 6:12) in our mortal bodies and to enjoy serving God in the newness of life, walking a life in the power of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, beyond the way mere men walk (1 Cor. 3:3). It comes from the Grace of Jesus Christ (1 Tim. 1:14; 2 Cor. 9:8; Rev. 22:21). His life is power, and we come into that power through faith.
Do you know that we can experience Resurrection life now–and to an extent even in our bodies now?: “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwell in you” (Rom. 8:11).
May we realize that the way to walk in victory, the way to please God, is to surrender ego to God and know that we stand by grace alone. We can get there on our own. But because Jesus is in us and we are in Him, we can get on with the challenge of becoming in our very souls like Jesus Christ. Not by working to earn it or struggling to produce His character in us, but by believing. So that we can “know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering, being conformed to His death” (Phil. 3:10).
May we walk the walk of faith today and every day.