Grace is Sufficient
Romans 6:1–2; 11–14,
1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase?
2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?
11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts,
13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
14 For sin shall NOT be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace.
So we are under grace, and grace is sufficient to prevent sin from being our master.
As Jesus said to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9,
“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”
The above Scriptures pretty much eliminate any excuse we have for continuing in sin unless you want to call the word of God a book of fiction. And I would advise against that.
Is it really impossible to live without committing sins as so many say? If so, then what do we do with God’s grace is sufficient and power is perfected in weakness? How can one who walks in obedience to God sin if His grace is sufficient? It comes down to whom we believe in, either God or those who say we will continue to sin until we die.
1 Corinthians 10:13,
13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.
The lure of saying “no one can live without sin” is that walking without sin is accomplished only by abiding in Jesus. And abiding in Jesus requires obedience, which itself requires suffering. In order to sidetrack suffering, people either knowingly, or unknowingly, take Scriptures out of context to prove they are allowed to continue in sin for the rest of their lives.
In doing this they fulfill the words of Jesus when He said, “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it,” Matthew 7:14.
Each of us was born with sin dwelling in us, Romans 7:17, and it controls us, Verse 15, and we do the very things we hate. But God’s grace and the sacrifice of Jesus have overcome that indwelling sin by our being crucified with Jesus, buried with Him, and raised up into heavenly places with Him, a new creation, the body of the risen Christ. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and of death, Romans 8:2.
In Christ, God won’t allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to endure, and He provides a way of escape for every temptation. That escape is considering ourselves dead to sin and alive to God through faith in Jesus our Savior, who appeared to take away sins.
In other words, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts, Romans 13:14.
Discipline is not joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness, Hebrews 12:11.
WE MUST TAkE THE WAY OF ESCAPE, otherwise, we are illegitimate children and not sons, Hebrews. 12:8.
Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant
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