Unlimited: You Are Not Under Law, But Under Grace
Jul 9, 2020 907
For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14).
We do not work to the Cross, but from the Cross. The power of sin is never removed till the guilt of sin has been taken away (Romans 6:14). Our actual experiential freedom from sin comes as we bask in the forgiveness of God. Our gratitude and love for God’s great gift becomes a torrent, washing away our defilement. As we sense that we are no longer under law, but under grace as regards our acceptance with God, we receive freedom over the habits that have long bound us.
We come to recognise that the Law is a perfect standard of righteousness, but we acknowledge that it can never give us a perfect standing. The Law is not even a means of sanctification except as it drives us to Christ and indicates what the will of God is. The New Testament shows a decided opposition to law – not to law as a standard, only to law as a method.
The justification I have received covers my past, present, and future (See John 13:10; Romans 8:1; and 1 Corinthians 1:30). The Christian should not look upon himself as being continually in and out of grace because of his mistakes and failures. He or she is “accepted in the beloved” and “complete in him”.
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: What does Des’ statement that “We do not work to the Cross, but from the Cross” mean to you? Think carefully about your own Christian walk. Are you truly working “from the Cross”, or is there an element in your life of working “to the Cross”?