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Devotional - week of May 21, 2000


ALL BELIEVERS ARE NOT UNDER GRACE

For you are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14).

Just who are these people who are not under law but under grace? The answer is found in another of Paul’s letters.

 If you are led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law (Galatians 5:18).

 We must do something to be under grace. We must be led by the Spirit. Yet, in the Romans passage concerning believers being under grace there is nothing about the Holy Spirit.

The life that Paul describes in Romans chapters five and six as being under grace he describes in Romans 8 as walking after the Spirit. So, to be under grace is to be led by the Spirit and to be led by the Spirit is to be under grace.

But that knowledge does not explain how we are to place ourselves under grace. The answer is in the context of the “under grace” statement which immediately follows five commands. The first is in v. 11, the second in v. 12 and the third, fourth, and fifth are in v. 13. Obedience to those five commands places believers under grace.

The truth essential to understanding how to obey the five commands is found in the passages just above them. In Romans 6:3-5 Paul had stated that we believers have been baptized (obviously by the Holy Spirit) into Jesus. And because we are baptized into Jesus we are baptized into His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

It is in knowing that we are already crucified, buried, and resurrection that we can obey the five commands for  placing ourselves “under grace.”

And to be under grace is to live out of God’s resources and not our own.