The believer didn’t just receive “the forgiveness of sin”; he also received “the dominion over sin”. He was not only delivered from the sin nature, but also vested with the power to overcome every act of sin (to sin no more). The focus isn’t only that we have freedom from sin, but also that we have gained power over it. This is the complete package.
Grace functions in three phases; the “redemptive phase”, the “enabling phase” and the “teaching phase”.
(The redemptive phase has been dealt with in my previous posts/articles; let’s focus on the last two phases)
- Grace does not only save, it also enables!
The enabling power is not something we have to grasp outside but within that which has been provided.
Romans 6: 14 [KJV] – For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
We actually have dominion over sin now because the grace is available. That which we couldn’t do under the law has been made possible under grace. We had no resistance to sin because we were slaves to sin (under the law), but we have power now because we have been made masters over sin (under grace).
We can say “NO” to the dictates of the senses because of the enabling grace at work in us.
Romans 6: 11-13 [KJV] – Likewise “RECKON” ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. “LET NO SIN” therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but “YIELD YOURSELVES UNTO GOD”, as those that are alive from dead, and “YOUR MEMBERS AS INSTRUMENTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS UNTO GOD”.
This is a believer’s responsibility; he can easily respond to the ability (inward grace); he can possibly do all these in the scripture above because an enabling grace has been provided.
They are instructions in righteousness for the new man in Christ, and it is possible for him (the believer) to carry it out unforced because he has the inherent ability (enabling grace).
Grace to your heart!
*** CONFESSION – I have the enabling grace at work in me, I take full advantage of this grace and I function in the reality of it. I walk circumspectly and I live every moment to the glory of God.
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