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Letter: The victory of grace over sin

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Posted: Friday, May 15, 2015 11:34 pm

Grace triumphant!

Sin is a monarch, with absolute power and dominion, reigning over all man and woman by nature. Its dominium is universal and complete. All Adam’s race is under the dominion of sin. And sin’s dominion over man is so thorough that it reigns even over man’s will, making all man its voluntary servants.

But the reign of sin is unto death. Sin when it is finished, bringeth forth death, spiritual death, physical death, and eternal death. Death is the fruit and result of sin. “The wages of sin is death.” But grace is triumphant over sin!

Even so, in just the same manner God has determined that grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Grace is a monarch, reigning with super abundant power and dominion. Grace, as it is in the heart of God toward his elect, reigns in the salvation of his people and reigns over all the world to accomplish our salvation. The throne from which God rules he universe is “the throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16).

Grace reigns through righteousness. God will not exercise grace at the expense of his righteousness. The grace of God reigns in perfect harmony with righteousness, justice and truth “unto eternal life.”

Eternal life is what grace has promised to and prepared for God’s elect. Grace makes us worthy of eternal life, and freely bestows eternal life upon us in a perfect righteous way “by Jesus Christ our Lord,” by the merits of Christ’s righteousness and blood atonement as our Substitute.

The superabundance of God’s grace over man’s sin is another revelation of “the manifold wisdom of God” as it is set forth in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound!” God’s will, God’s ways, and God’s works are always right, righteous, just, and good.

In all things, it is ours to bow to him, not to question him, but to trust his wisdom, goodness, and grace. When God saw Jesus in the sinner’s place, he did not spare Him; and when He finds me, without Christ He will not spare me.

Willie Hebacker

Lodi

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