The way that this sin entered the world was (Rom 5:12) through one man sin, and death through sin, and then death spread to all men, because all sinned. Rom 5:13 Man sinned before the law but because there was NO LAW their sins were not charged to them. (Rom 5:14) But death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned because all born after Adam were born into sin. (Rom 5:15) But the free gift of salvation from God is not like the offense. Because of one man’s sin many died but God gift is even better because it is a free gift called grace. It is a gift, we didn’t earn it, it was given through, Jesus Christ, to anyone who will receive it. (Rom 5:16) The gift is not like that which came through sin. Judgment resulted from Adam’s sin which resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came because of all our sins resulted in us being made right in God’s eyes through Jesus. (Rom 5:17) Through one man’s offense death reigned but life reigned through Jesus so that we now have the gift of grace and righteousness. When we have these two things we will reign in life through Jesus Christ.
(Rom 6:14)Because we are now under grace, sin does not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. (Rom 6:15) You might be thinking what’s to keep us from sinning since we are not under law but under grace? (Rom 6:16) The answer to that is, whoever you obey you are slave to and must obey. Whether of sin which leads to death, or of obedience which leads to righteousness. Righteousness is a gift not earned. If it’s earned it is not a gift it is a payment due and it then becomes about what you can do and not what He has done! You become self-conscience and it all becomes about what YOU can do and not about Him.
The new covenant makes you righteous through the blood of Jesus. (2 Co 2:21). You become empowered to not sin through understand that Jesus made you right with God.
WHAT other things cause us NOT to sin if we are not under the law? Or what makes us WANT to act godly?
1. Awake to righteousness and sin not Rom 2:4
2. Goodness of God leads us to repentance
3. The Holy Spirit is our teacher
4. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our righteousness
5. The anointing teaches us
6. The law is written in our hearts
7. Go and sin no more (forgiveness) Jh 8:10
8. Grace of God teaches us to denying ungodliness and worldly lust
9. We are created in God’s image.
In the Old Testament or covenant were many laws, a covenant was a legal binding contract. God made a covenant with Abraham and all his seed (we are his seed). All these law had to be followed. If you did not follow these laws, or broke one of them, it was called sin and your blood was required. God made the system so that instead of the blood of the sinner, they could offer the blood of certain animal.
The law (10 commandments) was for those who were under the law in the old covenant, so that the whole world was held accountable to God. (Rom 3:19), (Rom 3:20) But in the new covenant no one is righteous (made right with God and forgiven of their sins) by obeying the law. Instead the law was given to makes us aware of sins that we needed a savior because we COULDN’T always obey the law. (Rom 3:21) But righteousness which is right standing with God came from God, not from OUR “doing” the law or “being good” but as a free gift of righteousness. (Rom 3:22) Righteousness or being right with God is as if we never sinned and comes from God through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. The only requirement is to believe in Jesus. There is no difference between someone who is good or doing good things or right things, because we ( Rom 3:23) all have sinned by failing to obey the law completely. So we get saved and stay saved by faith in Jesus! By the way the 10 commandments are called, the ministry of death, written [and] engraved on stones,(they are the only law written on stone) (2 Co 3:7).But while we were still sinners He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all sins, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements (law written on stone) that was against us. He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross (showing us that it is fulfilled). Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. Col 2:13-15. The devil used the breaking of THE LAW to condemn us but Jesus took away what was condemning us by dying on the cross.
(Rom 3:24)We are justified which is a legal term that means, it is just as if you have never sinned, comes freely by his grace. Grace is something not earned by right behavior but It is a gift given to us freely without anything due from us but to believe in Christ Jesus. (Rom 3:25) God sacrificed Jesus in our place as payment for our sins so that through faith in his bloodour sins for our whole lifetime where paid for. We are sinners because of Adams sin not because of our sin. Because we are sinners we sin. The same way we are righteous when we receive all Jesus accomplished for us. It’s not by our SELF-EFFORT but by what He did.
The old covenant sacrifices couldn’t paid for our sins, but Jesus could by suffering all God’s wrath & punishment due to us. He paid the price to justify us. (Rom 3:26) He did it to demonstrate God’s justice for us today, so He could make us right with Himself by our faith in Jesus and not OUR works. (Rom 3:27)This way there would be not boasting, we couldn’t say we did it. We can’t boast that WE are forgiven and on our way to heaven because WE observed the law. Instead God gets credit because it is all by faith. (Rom 3:28) We are justified by faith, not from doing the law. (Rom 3:30) and it is God, who justifies us by faith.
Lets look at an example: (Rom 4:2) Look at Abraham If he was justified by works, he would have something to brag about to other people, but he could not brag to God because it is God that justified him (made Him debt-free of sin) he didn’t earn it by right behavior but he got it by right believing (faith). (Rom 4:3) For what does the Scripture say? “Abrahambelieved God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” (Rom 4:4) Think about this, “Now to him who works he gets paid and that payment is OWED him he worked for it, it is not given as grace ( FREE GIFT) but as debt OWED him”. (Rom 4:5) When you do not work or try to earn your salvation or right standing with God, but you simply believes in Jesus, He will take you ungodliness and make you right with Him by your faith in Jesus.
(Rom 4:6) David in the old covenant also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God gives righteousness to apart from works: ( Rom 4:7) “Blessed [are those] whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; (Rom 4:8) Blessed [is the] man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.”
God does not want us to live by the law but by faith. (Rom 4:15) because the law brings about wrath, judgment and condemnation, for where there is no law there is no transgression or breaking of the law. God is not saying it is ok to sin, He is saying all the legal judgment and wrath of God against sin, your sin has been satisfied by being put on Jesus! He took all of your punishment (Is 53). God will never again punish you for any sin, because Jesus took all your punishment. (Rom 4:16) Therefore [it is] of faith.
When we believe God will do or has done what He said, that is called faith. When we are (Rom 4:21) fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. (Rom 4:22) we are given credit for righteousness. We are saved and stay saved by our believing and not our works. Our part is to believe in Him and receive all He did for us on the cross. Jesus paid the price for our sins, (Rom 4:25) He was delivered up to die on the cross because of our sins and was raised from the dead because of our justification (being made right before God). Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through Jesus because of what HE DID not because of what we did to earn it, this is called grace. (Rom 5:2) through Jesus we have this grace by faith or just by believing. (Rom 5:8) God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:9) Not only have we been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. God will never punish us again for our sins, Jesus took the wrath of God on Himself for us. (Rom 5:10) When we were enemies we were drawn back to God so that we can have a relationship with God through the death of His Son, now that we are no longer enemies we can be saved by His life. (Rom 5:11) And not only [that], but we can be glad we are made right with God as if we never sinned and put back into our position before the fall of man.
(Rom 7:6) We have been delivered from the law, so that we can serve in the newness of the Spirit (the Holy Spirit living in you) and not [in] the oldness of the letter (10 commandments). In other words the new covenant is about following the Holy Spirit not obeying the law or letter! (Rom 7:10) The Old Testament commandments, which were to bring life brought death, (Rom 7:12) even though the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. (Gal 3:21) The law could not give life, or otherwise righteousness could have been by the law. (Rom 8:3) For what the law could not do, God [did] by sending His own Son who came to the earth as a man and died for us. Because Jesus did this for us we are no longer under condemnation for our sins but we are instead in Christ Jesus, we are righteousness. (Rom 8:2) The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin. In other words Jesus made us free from the law and the penalty of breaking it. (read Deut 28 for the curse we are no longer under and the blessings we get) Instead we are righteous because of Jesus.
(Hbr 8:8) God found fault with the old covenant so he made a new covenant. (Hbr 8:10) The new covenant has God’s laws in our mind on our hearts. (Hbr 8:11) The new covenant is about knowing God and having a relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit. (Hbr 8:12) In this new covenant He said “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hbr 8:13 In doing that He made the old covenant obsolete and no longer used.
Jesus became our high priest so that He could fulfill the old covenant rule of making a sacrifice for the sins of the people. Let me explain how it worked. (Hbr 8:3) Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices.(Hbr 9:11) But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, in other words He came to bless us and make us right with God instead of making us obey the law. (Hbr 9:12) He did not offer the blood of goats and calves as the normal penalty or sacrifice was for our sins in the law of the old covenant, but He offered His own blood. He offered His own blood ONE time and by doing that gave us eternal redemption which means His blood was enough for my lifetime of sin forever and never did He have to offer up again any of His blood. Each time I mess up the blood of Jesus offered once for all my sins, takes away all my sins. (Hbr 9:14,26) The blood of Christ, was without spot (the perfect sacrifice) to God. In doing this He wants your conscience clear from dead works(trying to be good enough, or do good works to earn salvation) instead He wants you to serve the living God. (Hbr 9:15) And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant. So that (Hbr 9:22) according to the law we are purified with blood and forgiven of our sins. (Hbr 9:28) So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.
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