Looking through the Lens of Grace (Part 6)

May. 8, 2019 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

There is a clear contrast between the law by Moses and grace by Jesus Christ; we will get confused if we cannot reconcile these two covenants. One of the most significant contrasts is the difference between sin and sinning. The Book of Romans discusses this topic, and illustrates how living under grace frees us from living under the law. Misunderstanding Paul’s message fools us into thinking that being born again frees us from the act of sinning, instead of from our old, sinful natures. Using the word “sin” as a verb gives it a different meaning than using it as a noun. When we get born again and die to our old, sinful selves, we are indeed free from sin; however, because God has given us freedom of choice, we can choose for ourselves whether or not to keep sinning. Allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us and minister the covenant of grace to us reveals the true depth of our freedom in Jesus.

  1. “Sin” is different from “sinning;” wrongly dividing the Word on this puts us in error.
    1. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
      1. There is more to the Bible than simply picking it up and reading it from cover to cover. We must rightly divide what we read.
    2. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:1-11).
      1. In the Book of Romans, sin is mentioned forty-eight times. It is referred to as a verb only eight times; the rest of the time it is referred to as a noun. In chapter six, it is used as a verb only once.
      2. When man fell, his nature became sinful; this sinful nature is the root of sinning. When we get born again, our old, sinful nature is removed, and we get a new nature.
      3. Most people misinterpret verse one; they assume it refers to continuing the actions of sinning. It actually refers to the old, sinful man.
      4. If we have been born again, we are dead to our sinful nature. However, it is possible to be a new creation but still struggle with sinning. If so, we need to renew our minds.
      5. Dying to sin is a one-time event, never to be repeated. Becoming a new creation is permanent. If we sin, we can never revert back to our old, sinful self; we are free from it.
      6. When we have been delivered from our sinful nature, we do not have to allow any lingering sin tendencies to define us. We now have a choice as to whether or not to sin.
      7. Re-programming our minds according to the Bible, which is the only truth, is similar to updating computer software. Renewing the mind leads to a change in behavior.
      8. For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he… (Proverbs 23:7).
    3. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:12-23).
      1. Being born again brings us out from under the law and moves us under grace. The new and living way now available to us gives us freedom from our old, negative, self-destructive habits and lifestyle. This is because we are now being led by the Holy Spirit, who teaches us a new lifestyle.
      2. Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world (Titus 2:12).
      3. “Sin unto death” is a result of what Adam did in the garden of Eden. “Obedience unto righteousness” is a result of what Jesus did on the cross. Both of these terms refer to doctrines we can choose.
      4. In its intended context, “obey” in verse sixteen means to hearken, pay attention, or listen.
      5. We must be careful what doctrine we open ourselves up to. Whichever one we listen to determines the direction of our lives.
      6. “The flesh” refers to a mindset contrary to the Word of God.
      7. Holiness does not come by our actions; it comes by God setting us apart from the world.

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