Article: Word, Grace and the Spirit
Proper interpretation is vital in reading any book as it gives full understanding of words. In the same vein, interpreting the Bible, a book of mystery, needs the Holy Spirit, He who wrote through the Patriarchs of old, to interpret it and not by what we feel about it “for the letter killeth, but the
spirit giveth life” (1 Corinthians 3:6b, 2 Timothy 3:16).
Christians, especially Christian writers must understand the above fact. God has made ministers of the New Testament, not of the letter but of the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:6a). This is why we must interpret the Word by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Some “Christian writings” can cause man to continue in sin because of the way the writer interprets God’s Word. A Christian should be careful of the so called Christian books read in
these last days. This is by listening to what the Holy Spirit says (1 John 4:1).
N.B: You can not substitute the Bible for Christian books.
The Bible enjoins: “study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY dividing the word of truth.” This shows that people with itching ears can divide the Word of truth wrongly especially in these days where many love pleasure than God.
These people would love to hear words from false preachers who paint grace as an avenue to sin whereas grace is just the opposite. These set of preachers misinterpret Romans 6:14 because they fail to understand the subsequent verses (verses 15-16).
Contrary to their belief, the grace of Jesus gives strength to live above sin. That is why sin will not have dominion over those who accept Him as their personal Lord and Saviour. They are the ones who won’t fall for sin anytime the tempter comes.
The reason why there is grace is because;
i. The law couldn’t perform a complete work [of righteousness]. It has lapses but grace fulfilled righteousness which is what God wants. No wonder why the line of a favorite hymn says “perfect is the grace that sealed
us” (Through the Love of God our
ii. In law, men will boast that it’s because of their actions (i.e. their righteousness), not adoring God. But in grace, we adore God because our righteousness is of Christ. That’s why we would proclaim that “..thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ..” (2 Corinthians 2:14). We must say the Grace with seriousness, and not rushing it. It’s then that we can get the blessings that follow–goodness and mercy.
Those who walk after the flesh by fulfilling its lust(s) will be condemned (Romans 8:1). It’s necessary that you must “walk in the spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”
(Galatians 5:16). There is no condemnation for those who walk by the grace of Jesus Christ, those who accept His saving power through obedience. Just as a little child who wants a lifting would raise his/her hand in surrender, you must surrender your will for His’ in obedience. Jesus is ready to raise you high above sin. Little wonder the inspiration for this song:
“Lifted, I am lifted,
I am lifted by the Lord,
Above sin and sorrow,
into the presence of the Lord.”
Surrender to Him today! If you find it difficult to do so, please PRAY.
Author: Damilola Deborah Funso-Adu
Damilola Deborah Funso-Adu is a model Christian who is in love with the pen.
She is a Nigerian, and an undergraduate student of the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
Her desire is to see the world ruled by God’s type of love, and to see men fulfilling God’s purpose for their lives.
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