God’s Grace in Romans – From Death to Life
We saw from our last discussion that we are born with the sin nature; however, it remains dead until the law enters our conscience and starts holding us accountable to our sins.
Then the apostle continues;
And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. Romans 7:10
Since sin had already killed our flesh (Romans 8:10) and there was no way to keep the law of God in our strength, the commandment rather led to separation from God and not union. It led to death in relationship with God.
When anyone comes to the age of accountability; where we now know we are sinning against God, the first thing the law does is to kill every self-trust in us. We are immediately sentenced by the law to be who we are, dead in sin and looking for a saviour (Galatians 3:22).
So instead of giving life the law is rather ordained to death. It is a ministration of death and not righteousness. This is why we hear;
For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Romans 7:10
This is the truth about the sin nature: You see, the sin nature is fashioned after Satan and its main characteristic is the lust. The sin nature manifests itself through lust;
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Galatians 5:17
Lust is what brought the Angel down. He wanted what he couldn’t have. You see, the moment the law entices the flesh with ‘thou shall not,’ the sin nature is ignited; the lust in the sin nature will definitely long to have what it cannot have.
The moment you tell a man not to do something he likes, you have set him up to build an unstoppable hunger for the very thing he cannot have (Romans 7:8).
This is what the law did. The sin nature has been there, but the law entered to help men lust after perfection in the flesh so they would be condemned and reach out for a saviour outside of themselves. The law was not given to provide righteousness; however, it was given to minster death to our supposed relationship with God;
But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 2Corinthians 3:7
This is why there is no problem with the law; the law has done a clean job in letting us know we are sinners and altogether an unclean thing. The law is holy, just and good;
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Romans 7:12
But we are sinners in need of a saviour and Jesus is that saviour. Where the law ministered death, the Spirit of Christ in us which is our righteousness continuously ministers righteousness in and through us to the glory of Christ.
For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 2Corinthians 3:9
Heavenly Father I thank you for this revelation; outside of Christ I am as impure and unqualified as the devil, but I am never outside of Christ. I am In Christ and Christ is in me, hence, the righteousness of Christ is my inheritance.
I reign with Christ always, triumphing over sin, sicknesses, devils, lack and fear. I am the irreversibly blessed in Christ.
In an encounter with the Lord, I heard this for many in the body of Christ, I heard the Lord say “keep not silent! Keep your faith and keep standing on the word for I am establishing you.
I am making you a praise in the earth. I am giving your faith more evidence and expanding your sphere of authority.
Keep moving, and as you move, prepare for greater glory. My word has gone out to the ends of the earth, marshaling the host after my glory in you. I say to you dear child, you shall once again be called “Sought Out” a people with the ever present help of God.”
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth…And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken. Isaiah 62:6,7,12
Blessings in Christ,
~Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church
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