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Where sin abounds, grace abounds much more. For what?

There is an abundance of grace to overcome sin in our lives!

There is abundance of grace for forgiveness of sins. More than that, there is abundance of grace to bring us to a life of overcoming sin. Paul writes in Romans 5:20, “Where sinSin is anything that goes against God’s will and His laws. To commit sin is to transgress or disobey these laws. The lust to sin dwells in human nature. In other words, it is contaminated and motivated by the sinful tendencies that dwell in all people as a result of the fall into sin and disobedience in the garden of Eden. This... More abounds, grace abounds much more.” He also writes earlier in Romans 5:17, “Much more will those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” We cannot say that we reign in life when we become angry, offended or impatient, even if we have the forgiveness of sins. Paul continues in Romans 6:14 “For sin will not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” When we get offended—even if we don’t want to—then it is clear that sin has dominion over us.

The gift of righteousness

“Knowing this that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sinSin is anything that goes against God’s will and His laws. To commit sin is to transgress or disobey these laws. The lust to sin dwells in human nature. In other words, it is contaminated and motivated by the sinful tendencies that dwell in all people as a result of the fall into sin and disobedience in the garden of Eden. This... More might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.” Romans 6:6-7. It is our old man—whose mind is bound to the lustsThe desires that we experience that go against God’s will. In other words, a desire for anything sinful. See James 1:14. Also called “sin in the flesh.” Although the expression “youthful lusts” is  often thought of in connection with sinful sexual desires, lusts include anything that go against what is good and right in God’s eyes. (2 Timothy 2:22.; Galatians... More of the flesh—who is the slave of sin.

We read about the gift of righteousness that we received through this abundance of grace in Heb. 2:14. Jesus partook of the same fleshSin is anything that goes against God’s will and His laws. To commit sin is to transgress or disobey these laws. The lust to sin dwells in human nature. In other words, it is contaminated and motivated by the sinful tendencies that dwell in all people as a result of the fall into sin and disobedience in the garden of Eden. This... More as us and through death destroyed him who has the power of death, that is the devil. The devil only has power through the lusts of our flesh. During the days of His flesh Jesus brought these lusts into death and thereby destroyed the devil. And since He partook of the same flesh as us, this death is now reckoned to us—this is the gift of righteousness.

True grace

“For the death that [Jesus] died, He died to sinTo commit sin is to consciously do something that you know goes against God’s will. This can be in word, deed, or even thought. (James 1:14-15)... More once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.” Romans 6:10. So now we can put off our old man, and in time of temptation reckon ourselves dead indeed to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:11) By following Jesus’ example, we start living a victorious and transforming Christian life: now it is no longer we who live but Christ lives in us. (Galatians 2:20)

So now we are under grace and have the power to put to deathIs to overcome the temptations to sin that arise when our lusts and desires draw us to react in ways we know to be evil (i.e. pride, hatred, evil-speaking, envy etc.) It is the act of denying those thoughts and refusing to agree with them. The lust to sin is not only suppressed, but it actually dies. (Romans 8:13; Colossians... More the lust of our flesh. (Colossians 3:5) In this way we bear about in our body the dying of the Lord JesusThis most often refers not to the physical death Christ died on the cross of Calvary, but to the death of the lust to sin in His human nature, which task He fulfilled while He lived on earth as a human being. (2 Timothy 2:11; 2 Corinthians 4:10; Philippians 3:10; Romans 8:3)... More, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. (2 Corinthians 4:10) And more and more we come to reign in life through Jesus Christ.

This is the true grace of God. (1 Peter 5:12)

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Explore how God’s Word challenges and empowers us to live 100% according to His will, so we no longer need to fall in sin, but can come to a life of victory.

I am crucified with Christ
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I Am Crucified With Christ

This booklet is based on Paul’s words in Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with ChristJesus was physically crucified on the cross at Calvary. Though blameless, He took upon Himself the punishment for sin, which was death, so He could pay our debts and forgive us our sin if we are willing to believe in Him and follow Him the Apostle Paul wrote: “I have been crucified with Christ…” (Galatians 2:20) This is a metaphorical... More; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me …” Here Elias Aslaksen explains what this means and how the reader can have the same testimony as Paul in their own life.

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