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Accept the Gift of Grace by Faith in Jesus Christ

John Collins02/19/2012Paul said (Romans 5) that we were justified by faith, and in this, we have peace with God through Jesus Christ.  Through Jesus, we can have faith in our grace, glory in our tribulations which give us patience, experience, and hope.  Because of hope, we can stand unashamed.  The love of God is in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given to all of those who believe.

Christ died for the ungodly -- who most men would never have died for.  For a righteous man, very few men would give their lives.  For a good man, almost no one would die for but Jesus.  God provided this love to us, so that we could also love those that we respect enough to die for -- as well as those that we would not even consider giving our lives for.

All men are sinners by nature.  Eve was beguiled by the serpent, but Adam knew that eating the fruit would displease God.  "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned."  Through Jesus Christ, we can have joy within ourselves and not feel internal condemnation, for through Jesus Christ we have the atonement for sin.  Because of this, God "commendeth" his love towards us.

Before Adam's sin, sin was not in the world.  But until the law was given, there was no other sin; "sin is not imputed when there is no law."  Sin is not unbelief, but failure to live according to the law.  Death reigned over the people that had not sinned, from Adam to Moses.  Because of Adam, all were brought into sin and death, but because of Jesus, all were given grace.  By one man, Jesus Christ, grace is given freely to all who believe on Him.

Adam's fall, though well known as the first sin that started it all, Paul compared to Jesus Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.  By one man, death came into the world, and by one man, life came into the world.  By the sin of one man we were all made sinners, and by the obedience of one man we were all made righteous.  The law was given so that sin would abound in all mankind, but through Jesus Christ, grace would abound.

Sin reigned unto death.  Before Jesus Christ, death was man's punishment for sin.  Many laws were punishable by death, and the sacrifice was the only atonement for sin until Jesus came.  After Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried in a tomb, and rose again, He conquered death and the grave.  He conquered sin and the law.  Now, grace reigns, not law.  Grace is freely given to all who believe, from the lowest sinner in the bar rooms to the most devout Christian in the pew.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves: do we condemn ourselves because of our sin?  Does our head hang in shame because we have unbelief?  Do we still hold to the law, which was given to increase sin?  Or do we accept the Gift that was given by Jesus Christ on the cross?