Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thurs., 2/3/11 Devotion (Rom. 6:14)

Today's encouragement comes from Romans 6:14, where we read these words:

"For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace."

What is intriguing about this Pauline verse (above), is how revolution-
ary, and counter-intuitive it is. The apostle is telling the Roman church that sin *would* have dominion over their souls *if* they *were* "under the law." But, since they are *not* "under the law," but rather "under grace," sin does *not* have dominion over them.

In other words, do we want to be slaves to sin? The surest way is to be "under law." On the other hand, if we want to be free from sin, and liberated in Christ, then we are to be "under grace." So, how does the churchman remain "under grace," and not get caught up in the law again? Through simple, continued, and abiding *faith* in Jesus.

[Puritan quote of the day: "Inquire then how it is with you, whether you prefer God before all other things." --Jonathan Edwards, in his sermon, "A Truly Godly man Prefers God before all others"]