The Great Struggle

 

Law or Grace: Which?

 

By Ron English

Law and graceGod has fixed the Christian for eternity.   The fix is in.  God did something for the child of God that can not be undone.  It can not be unfixed.  God has placed something in a Christian that Satan can not touch.  He can’t find it.

“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” -Romans 6:14 The Law demands righteousness without giving you any power to produce it. Grace, on the other hand, gives you righteousness at salvation and it also gives you power to live righteously after salvation. It is this super truth that causes those who do not grasp it to mock Christians who believe in eternal life and suggest we can get saved and then sin all we want. No, no…a thousand times no…the Apostle Paul said in Romans 6:15, “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” No Christian has an excuse for living an ungodly life, but if he does…that does not mean he will lose his salvation. The Christian has the proper motive for doing right. The Christian’s motive is love for the Savior, not fear of retribution if he fails to keep the Law. One of the great mysteries in Scripture is this fact…once saved a Christian has two natures. The old nature…flesh and the new nature…spiritual. The old nature has not changed. Everything a Christian would likely do and want to do before he was saved…he can still do. God didn’t change your flesh at salvation. He placed a new man inside you…that man does not sin and can not sin. Paul said, “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” -Romans 6:11 I reckon you know how to reckon don’t you? One man put this mystery like this.two dogs fighting “There are two dogs inside me. One a very bad, mean dog and the other a good dog, obedient. They are constantly fighting.” When asked which one wins…he replied, “The one I say sic ’em to.” Paul describes this conflict this way: “Romans 7:15-17 ,
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Paul struggled at times with wanting to do the wrong things and recognized he had given in to his old nature. We are not better Christians than Paul…we too have these struggles. It is only the loving help and power of the Holy Spirit that helps us conquer those temptations and resist Satan causing him to flee from us. Satan is a defeated foe and the Christian is dead and his life is hidden in Christ. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” – Colossians  3:3  Satan can tempt your flesh, but he can’t get at your hidden life. Words mean things…Eternal life means Eternal. Everlasting life means everlasting. Salvation is a wonderful, eternal, everlasting gift that will make sure you go to Heaven. Rejoice!
You might find these thoughts interesting, but your mind tells you that you do not possess salvation.  You have absolutely no reason to think you are saved and going to Heaven.  That is a terrible fix you find yourself in.  You need salvation now and you do not need to delay…no more flirting with Hell and damnation.  This is serious business.  The Bible is true…God has made a way for you to escape everlasting damnation and the flames of Hell.  That Way is through God’s Son, Jesus Christ.  Call upon His Name today…confess to Him you are a hardhearted sinner that deserves Hell.  Ask Him to come into your heart, forgiving you of your sins and making you ready for Heaven.  God help you to do this right now.  Then, send me an email so I can rejoice with you and I promise to send you some free material that will help you get started right as a new born Christian.  Email: Editor@gmail.com  -Ron English

Author: Editor

An ordained Baptist minister. Worked for 10 years with a Christian publishing ministry where I was the circulation manager for a growing publication, The Sword of the Lord. I also did most of direct mail fundraising and promotion. I have pastored churches in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama & Arkansas. I served for some four years as Vice President of The Spoken Word of God ministry, Orlando, FL. This ministry was active in church planting in India and broadcasting the Scriptures via Trans World Radio and other radio outlets. My associate in this ministry later invited me to join him and his dad in starting a business working with churches providing multimedia equipment. I have done this work for the last 16 years. This blog, hopefully, will scratch an itch I have for communicating the Word of God to a broader audience via the Internet. I would be honored to hear from you via email.

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