“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” The fact is, sin shall NOT have dominion over the believer. Do we still randomly sin? Of course! But sin shall not have dominion or rule over us. Jesus Christ has destroyed the penalty and rule of sin.
“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid” (Romans 6:14, 15). God’s grace abolishes the penalty and condemnation of sin forever! What then? Live how we choose? God forbid. Love Jesus. Serve Him.
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He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)
We all commit random acts of sin. Does this mean we are of the devil? I know, some teachers will point out the “tense”. This is present tense, and means continual and habitually. To be honest here, since I believed in Jesus 35 years ago, I have continually and habitually committed random acts of sin.
I think what this verse means, Jesus destroyed the works of the devil. Sin no longer has authority over the believer. The penalty of sin, which is death, has forever been destroyed by Jesus. Do not sin, but if we do, we have an advocate, Jesus Christ the righteous!
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He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (John 14:21)
We do not develop, cultivate, or prove our love for Christ by keeping His commandments. By work, work, work. But rather, we keep His commandments by loving Him. This is our priority. LOVE Jesus Christ with our whole heart. Action follows naturally and spontaneously as we love Him. Sincerely. Without hypocrisy. What will it be? A focus on works, or Christ? A life of labor, or love?
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Our behavior does not improve our standing with God, but rather, standing with God, improves our behavior. It is Christ in us. Perfected in Him.
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Feeling weak? Weary? Perhaps unusable? Be encouraged. “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:28-31).
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