“For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Wow! What a verse. This is Romans 6:14 and it is saying as long as we are under law sin shall be master over us. If we refuse to come out from under law we are refusing to come out from under the dominion of sin; it’s as simple as that.
Paul’s letter to the Galatians was his response to what he heard was going on there. It seems there were some Jewish teachers of the law that came in after Paul left and began to press the Galatians back under the law. He told them if they returned to the law they had fallen from grace. There is no way law and grace can mix. Which is exactly what the church of Paul’s day and ours is guilty of attempting.
Galatianism is the term I have heard to describe this type of ailment. It is the teaching that we are saved by grace, and we know that for sure. We know there is absolutely nothing we can do to earn our salvation, and yet after we are saved by grace we attempt to make ourselves “perfect” by the works of the flesh. The reality is we are saved by grace, and we live by grace. The same grace that saves us keeps us.
The law was given to us to point out our sins. It was never given to cleanse us, bring us salvation or keep us from sin. In fact Romans 5:20 says, “The law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased grace abounded all the more.” So the law was in fact given to us so the sin would increase. What? God gave us his law so the sin would increase? Yes! He knows what most of us apparently haven’t figured out yet. He knows we will never see our true predicament unless it becomes exceedingly bad. Most of us seem to think rather highly of ourselves, and it takes a while before we are ready to admit the truth. Which is we cannot be pleasing to God by law keeping or, in other words, in our own merit. Therefore he uses the law to reveal that to us. Paul said, “The law is our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ.”
In conclusion I would like to say, if we were teaching and preaching grace the way Paul did in his day wouldn’t we be receiving the same reaction? He seemed to preach grace unlimited. He taught it in such a way it actually prompted the question, “what shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?” His answer and ours is the same. “May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?”
Sin is no longer our master. We are not under law we are under grace. Sin gets its power from the law. 1 Corinthians 15:56b tells us, “The power of sin is the law.” So then it stands to reason if we are no longer under law, sin no longer has power over us. Please join me in teaching grace unlimited to everyone, and pray there will be more set free from the power of sin.
Written by Louie