Thought for the Day #308

 

RULING GRACE

 

Rom 5:17-18 (New American Standard Bible)

 

17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

 

The righteousness of God is awesome to behold.

 

When Adam sinned, he cast death and destruction upon everyone of his descendents.

 

The righteous spirit breathed into him when he was given life by God the Father, died when he sinned, just as God had said that it would. He was contaminated with the law of sin and death without the ability to extricate himself.

 

Our heavenly Father, righteous in all of his ways, determined that if one-man could bring all of his offspring into sin and damnation, then one man, who was willing to give his natural life, untarnished by sin, could restore us to righteousness.

 

This was an act of grace beyond measure. How could this be?

 

Through no merit of our own, God extended his grace and love to all who would accept the sacrifice of his only begotten son. He paid the price of their redemption.

 

We are no longer under the bondage of death and sin. Jesus paid the debt that we could not pay. He gave his life that we might have life.

 

Anyone who will repent†† and be baptized for the remission of sin enters into the gate of God's grace. (Acts 2:38) Sin and death are removed from our spirit. We are cleansed and given a new, righteous life. We have been bought with the price of Jesusí blood.

 

Fellowship with God is restored. His Covenant promises are activated. We have become a new creation, free from condemnation and sin.

 

Rejoice! You have become a citizen of the Kingdom of God. No hardship we face, or trial that we endure, can compare to the glory of His righteousness within us. Let us be strong and walk in the purity of his Spirit, for great is our eternal reward.

 

Prayer:

 

Dear God in heaven, I know my life is not perfect, I am ruled by sinful activities. I don't want to be this way. I want to be free from the law of sin and death. I acknowledge that Jesus, your only begotten son, died for me. Forgive me, I pray. Cleanse and make me pure. I repent and promise to be baptized as you commanded. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, my Redeemer. Amen