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Devotional - week of August 28, 2016


GRACE  IS NOT JUST ANOTHER EMPHASIS

When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory Colossians 3:4

In this passage, written in the context of the believer’s crucifixion and resurrection, Paul declares Jesus our “life.”

In developing the theme of the believer’s sanctification in Romans 5:12-8:39, Paul’s central theme is crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. In 6:11-13 Paul lists those things we do to experience our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. Then in 6:14 Paul adds:

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

When a believer experiences his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection he is under grace and Jesus becomes his life. The heart and soul of Christian living is Jesus. The heart and soul of Christian living is living by grace. The heart and soul of Christian living is experiencing our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

The life of grace should never be considered just another emphasis for Christian living.

If one, in teaching another believer the way to Christian growth, places prayer, Bible reading, witnessing, and personal discipline on a level of equal importance with living by grace, he has not taught Jesus as our “life.”

When Jesus is our life, He is our prayer life, our Bible-reading life, and our witnessing life. He is our discipline.

When Jesus is our life, He guides our prayers, He guides our Bible-reading life, He teaches us the Bible, He guides and empowers our witnessing. In doing those things, He is the discipline of our lives.

When we study prayer, the heart of our study is Jesus. When we study Bible reading, the heart of our study is Jesus. When we study witnessing, the heart of our study is Jesus.

To make grace just another emphasis is to take the heart out of the message of grace and the other themes of our studies.