Grace Reigns Through Righteousness

Grace Reigns Through Righteousness

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified; for by the law is the knowledge of sin” [Rom. 3:20]. God gave the law to reveal what sin is. To help us recognize the difference between right and wrong. He gave the law to mankind to let man know that they cannot of their own strength or will-power live by a set of rules without Christ. He wanted us to understand that man is ruled by the heart. Because God loved mankind so much, He gave them all kinds if rituals along with the law so their sins could be covered. All the rules and regulations could not cause man to have a personal relationship with the Father. Their contact with God, for the most part, was through a priest or Prophet that God spoke to.

God created man to have a relationship with Him. After allowing man to see he could not keep the law in their own strength, He sent His Son [Jesus] to earth by way of a young virgin girl to pay an extremely huge price for the sins of man. But this time, not to cover their sins but to completely wash them away by the blood that Jesus shed on the cross. When a person invites Jesus into their heart in faith, they now have a heart to recognize right from wrong. Jesus is in their heart to help them make right decisions. They no longer need the written law of Moses to keep them on tract, by rules and regulations, they live it from the heart. “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets” [V21]. Manifest means it can be seen. The law and the prophets witness that righteousness which is being lived by true Christians without legalism but living in love and the desire to please their heavenly Father. The sad thing is, that many who call themselves Christians, have no relationship with the Father and care little about pleasing Him. Therefore, from the witness of their lifestyle, they give Christianity a bad name. This causes some to say, “If God lets them go to heaven, He sure wouldn’t send me to hell, I don’t have to worry.”

“That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord [Rom. 5:21]. We are saved by Grace through Faith! “Grace reigns through righteousness!” The word reign means “To possess or exorcise sovereign power; to have Royal authority” It is through “Righteousness that Grace has Royal Authority and is able to exorcise Sovereign Power”. To save us from the Hell we deserve [because sin reigns unto death] and [by sovereign power] places us into eternal Life with Christ Jesus. Wow !!

The scripture started with “Sin hath reigned unto death” Sin has a certain power and authority because it reigns – yes reigns unto death. That death is a spiritual death. Each time a person intentionally sins, their spirit dies a little. “The wages of sin is death” [Rom. 6:23]. Wages are earned. That is how their conscience is finally seared like with a hot Iron [1 Tim. 4:2].

The Grace that Jesus died for is what we are saved by, now we see, grace reigns through righteousness, and “our righteousness is as filthy rags” [Is. 64:6]. We have the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus [2Cor. 5:21]. That Awesome “Grace Reigns Through Righteousness”

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