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Under Grace, Not Law

The following is taken from Bob Hoekstra’s Day By Day By Grace devotional. Have you picked your reading plan or daily devotional for the year? Find out which are available at the BLB.

“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
(Romans 6:14)

Sin dominates all of our lives, unless we are learning of God’s solution. Grace is God’s sufficient remedy that sin will no longer dominate our lives.

Before we came to faith in Jesus Christ, we were under the dominionof sin. We were condemned before God because of our sin. Others may not have been aware of our truly sinful condition. Still, we were so controlled by sin that God called us “slaves of sin” (Romans 6:6).

The law brought us no hope of escape. In fact, the law condemned us.“Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who areunder the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the worldmay become guilty before God” (Romans 3:19). We could never have found freedom from sin’s condemnation by attempting to perform better under the law of God. “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ…for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified (Galatians 2:16).

On the other hand, the grace of God is our effective hope. There isforgiveness of sins by His grace“The forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7). There is justificationthrough faith by the grace of God. “Even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law” (Galatians 2:16). There is growth in spiritual life by the grace of God. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). None of these heavenly blessings become ours through our ability to live up to the holy standards of God’s law.

Our relationship with the Lord is based upon gracenot upon law. We began a walk with the Lord by His grace at work for us. Wecontinue walking with Him by His grace working in our lives.

O Lord, my God, I rejoice greatly that I am under Your grace and not under Your law. Your holy law rightly condemned me for my trespasses against You. I thank You for forgiving my sins by Your glorious grace. I praise You for justifying me, declaring me not guilty in Your sight, by Your rich grace. I magnify You for continuing to touch and shape my life by Your inexhaustible grace, in the name of Christ Jesus, my Lord, Amen.