This could easily represent growing in grace, could it not? But It is also a good illustration of grace and truth. Let’s look at the Word of God as we talk about grace this month. And we will talk about grace and truth.
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
So, we see Jesus being called grace and truth. We are no longer under the law He fulfilled. I wrote about Him being our mercy seat, under the law we could not touch Him, under grace He wants us to.
For sin will not rule over you, for you are not under law, but under grace. Romans 6:14. we are to have rule over our lives and flesh by the help of the Holy Spirit in us, who comforts, teaches and brings to remembrance the words of Christ.
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive an abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! Romans 5:17
Death reigned because of Adam. God would not allow man to live forever in a fallen state, they had to leave the garden or risk living forever in sin. Sacrifices were made, but a far greater one was made on the cross. So if death reigned through Adam, how much more should abundant life, John 10:10, reign in us.
After all, we were given an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. It is by grace we are saved and we can’t boast of anything we have done to earn it because we didn’t, it is a gift. Ephesians 2:8. And righteousness?
He imputed and imparted that too. He took our place to make the unrighteous and self righteous, His righteousness. Many times, I have said what I have done, not with that intent of bragging but waiting on answers, it is not about us all but what He did and it is grace, grace and more grace.
Paul goes on to say that where there is sin grace abounds, for every amount of sin there is grace available even more abundantly and even deeper still. that’s how He can save even the lowest of the low and remember sin no more. Does that mean we should keep sinning, as Paul says God forbid. It is not a free pass or get out of jail card as a lot of people make it out to be. He knows your heart.
Didn’t we just read in Romans 6:14, it has no dominion over you, you are not it’s slave and it is not your Master, Jesus is if you are a believer and He is grace and He is truth, and we are to speak the truth in love and grow in Him and in grace.
You can, with His help, overcome break that addiction to drugs or be healed of that disease. Or get out of that bad relationship, whatever it is. You don’t have to steal or lust or be greedy, Jesus took care of all that for you at the cross, now what are you going to do in a New Year?
I pray you come to know His forgiveness and bloom likes flower, accept His grace and truth, His perfect love, if you are a struggling believer, rest, be still know God, Psalm 46:10 and don’t let sin and death reign over you. Death is still the wages of sin, though not every sickness is from sin, it can be from worry and unforgiveness and a lot of contributing factors and even spiritual warfare to derail your testimony.
And if you don’t know Jesus the one who love you enough to die for you, I pray you also might believe and blossom s a rose in the desert, washed and water by His Word and Spirit, ask His forgiveness and invite His love inside your heart. Experience, the love and abundant life of Jesus. For He reigns as Lord, and His commandment is love, and He is grace and truth. Rebecca Jones / pexels, Natalie, thank you.