Scripture: “For sin shall not [any longer] exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law [as slaves], but under grace [as subjects of God’s favor and mercy]. What then [are we to conclude]? Shall we sin because we live not under Law but under God’s favor and mercy? Certainly not!” – Romans 6:14-15 (AMPC).
Meditate: If you are a Christian (disciple, true worshipper, and follower of Jesus Christ – truly born again child of God), then God makes it very clear in the above Scripture that “sin shall not [any longer] exert dominion over you” because we are people of the New Covenant. But we should also note that it goes on to say that we are “under grace” which means that it’s important we remain “under grace” i.e. not doing things to abuse this amazing grace so freely extended to us. We need to make sure we meet the conditions of remaining under it i.e. by obeying all His commands and live exemplary lives as Christians.
Simply put, this means God’s Grace empowers us to overcome sin and live holy lives, the way God created us to – a life well pleasing and acceptable to Him. Mercy on the other hand helps in living with grateful hearts, thankful for all His blessings and for all He does for us His children. Yes, because of Jesus’ precious sacrifice, sin and death no longer define us, but grace does! After all, we’re not living any longer under the law.
God’s Word also reveals that, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free…” – Galatians 5:1 (NIV). Yes, as Christians we free people – Jesus has set us free from sin, sickness, guilt, shame, and all that junk of the past. We are free from those sinful desires and appetites – that’s our freedom in Christ! And since we’re living in the freedom of Christ, we are not governed any longer by law but governed by the reign of the grace of God.
So should we now sin to our hearts’ content since there’s no law to condemn us anymore? What a terrible thought! Absolutely not! If you are truly born of God, i.e. accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, and have received your Salvation in true repentance and understood the purpose of God’s grace and mercy, then sin can no longer be your master!
Remember this well: Because we are not under the law, but under grace, sin can’t tell us how to live but grace does. So since we’re free in the freedom of Christ, can we do anything that comes to mind? No way! God’s favor has been given freely to us through His Son, Jesus, who liberates us from sin’s power. Make sure to remember this, and remember it always: If you are a Christian in the truest sense, then sin cannot and will not conquer you, for God already has by His Grace!
Go live a victorious Christian life in the freedom that Christ purchased for us – empowered by God’s Grace!