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in freedom from a sin that has dominated his life, a
believer must turn his eyes away from himself and his
struggle. For when he looks to himself, his battle will
be in his own strength. He will make "laws" for himself
to not do the sin anymore. But having put himself "under
law," sin will take opportunity through his own
commandment and produce in him every kind of impulse to
continue in the sin (see Romans 7:7-8).
the believer must turn his eyes to the grace of God in
Christ Jesus. Peter said, "Fix your hope completely on
the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of
Jesus Christ" (I Peter 1:13 NAS). In other words, get a
revelation of Jesus and you will experience His grace
breaking forth in your life. And the power of His grace
working in you will be greater than the power of sin in
indicts us all in Romans 3:23, saying "all have sinned
and fall short of the glory of God." Yet a chapter and a
half later, he proclaims that "we exult in the hope of
the glory of God" (5:1 NAS). What changed?--the
recognition that, having been justified by God, we have,
"through our Lord Jesus Christ...obtained our
introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand"
(Romans 5:1-2 NAS).
who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of
righteousness will reign in life through the one, Jesus
Christ"(5:17 NAS). If one is a believer, the gift is
already given and the grace is already being poured out,
like a waterfall of the life and power of God washing
down upon him. But the struggling believer must look
away from himself in order to see it, to step into it by
faith, and to let it do its work in him. By fixing his
eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of his faith
(Hebrews 12:2), he will lay hold of "this
mystery...which is Christ in you, the hope of glory"
(Colossians 1:27 NAS).
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