"What you are is God's gift to you.
What you make of yourself is your gift to God."
~ Vern McLellan
~ Romans 9:20 (CEV)
~ 1 Corinthians 12:1,4-6 (NKJV)
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~ Romans 6:23 (NKJV)
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh [human nature] will of the flesh reap corruption [destruction, death], but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
~ Galatians 6:7-8 (NKJV)
"I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life."
~ Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV)
Certain principles are as valid as the law of gravity. The wages of sin is death. If a person sows seeds of sin, one reaps death, whether in only this temporal life or for eternity.
Turning from sin to Jesus in faith gives the gift of eternal life. But to receive greater fullness of eternal life during this temporal life, one must continue to turn away from sin. Each decision to do what pleases Self is a choice to reap death. To reap life, one must choose what pleases the Holy Spirit.
Every time. Each small decision for sin is a decision for death—an opening the door to the Grim Reaper.
Each yielding to the Holy Spirit is a decision for life—an opening the door to Jesus, Who stands knocking, bringing light.
Lord Jesus, You said that You came so we might have life, and have it in abundance. We desperately need Your Spirit's strength to consistently make decisions for life. Please open our eyes to see all we are choosing at every point of sin. Please lead us in paths of life and peace.
... death reigned from Adam until Moses ... Law entered alongside so that the offense should abound, but where sin abounded, grace super-abounded ...
~ Romans 5:14,20 (ALT)
Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
~ Galatians 3:24 (NKJV)
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life... For he who has died has been freed from sin.
~ Romans 6:4,7 (NKJV)
We often think of grace as a New Testament principle which began with Jesus. Paul says death reigned from Adam to Moses. Through Moses the law is given, and grace came with it. With law comes revelation of Jesus Christ, for the law is a tutor to bring us to Christ and His grace.
Throughout the Old Covenant law is death of sacrificial animals for sin, so that grace might result. The cost must have seemed high to those who offered them. The cost of the New Covenant blood is likewise high. It not only cost Jesus His life, it is to cost us our lives—the right to live for ourselves. In return, we receive the abundant life of Jesus Christ.
Do you have sin which abounded? Is it buried with Christ? Guess how Paul describes the result? Here's the literal translation: "grace super-abounded." In Greek that's huperperisseuo. Huper means super, superior, over, exceeding. Perisseuo means superabound, be in excess, superfluous, to have more than enough.
"Where sin abounded, grace super-abounded." Remember it!
Lord Jesus, how can we begin to comprehend this super grace? Please show us each day how to live less of the life of Self, live more of the life of Jesus, and lay hold of the life of super grace.
Therefore, having been justified by faith,
we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom also we have access by faith
into this grace
in which we stand,
in hope of
the glory of God. And not only that, but
we also glory in tribulations,
tribulation produces perseverance;
and perseverance, character;
and character, hope. Now hope
does not disappoint, because
the love of God has been poured out in our hearts
by the Holy Spirit who was given to us...
But God demonstrates
His own love toward us [2nd mention of love], in that
while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood,
we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
~ Romans 5:1-9 (NKJV)
Father in heaven, surely the greatest gift awaiting us in heaven is full comprehension of Your glory, love and grace as we enter Your presence. Thank You for the glimpse You give us here on earth. Thank You for the great love You lavish upon us. Thank You that we are counted Your children.
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Abba, Father, what manner of love, indeed, does for us all You have done? You give us life, liberty, and love above all love. If You did nothing else for us, we would be blessed only because we are Your beloved.Feedback appreciated! Post to BuildingHisBody.com "Comments" or e-mail to BuildingHisBody@gmail.com. Copyright 2009, Anne Lang Bundy, all rights reserved.