Through the Bible with Les Feldick
LESSON 2 * PART 4 * BOOK 22
"Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:..."
Or old Adam. The constant admonition of Paul's letters to the believer is, "Don't give in to old Adam." Romans 6:13
"Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead (because that's what we are. We have been raised from that deadness in the old Adam), and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God." Romans 6:14
"For sin (singular, old Adam, the old Adamic nature) shall not have dominion over you (now I trust all of you know what dominion is. Don't let him have dominion or let him influence you to live the life of the flesh): for ye are not under the law, but under grace."
You are under grace. For 1500 years the Nation of Israel was under the Law, and when I talk about the Law, I always have to remind people that it was severe. The Law was demanding, and there was no hanky panky under the Law, it was severe to the extreme. God is still dealing with the Nation of Israel under the Covenant promises, and under the Law, so consequently, there is nothing of Grace in there as we understand Grace.
Grace has always been the attribute of God, because when Adam sinned way back there in the Garden of Eden, what attribute of God caused Him to go seeking for Adam and Eve? It was His Grace, we know it was. To the Gentiles.
to bear my name before the Gentiles,...'"
Well He couldn't send an apostle to the Gentiles, and promote the Law of Israel because that was only for the Nation of Israel. Let's jump ahead to the Book of Galatians, Chapter 2, for a moment, and this is all part and parcel of dividing Law and Grace, and there are a lot of people that absolutely don't understand that. Remember Paul is writing here to the Churches there in Asia Minor who are being deluged with Judaisers who are trying to bring these Gentile believers under the Law. Legalism!
God had instructed it, and had led him up there), and communicated unto them (that would be Peter and the eleven, and other leaders of the Jerusalem believers) that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles (I Corinthians 15:1-4),..."
It's all the same set of events, and this is what Paul was up against when he was trying to bring the Gospel of the Grace of God in the midst of Judaisers who were still under the Law. The Book says that these Jewish believers at Jerusalem were still so saturated with the Law that they tried to bring those Gentile believers of Paul's ministry up in Antioch under it. But Paul said that these Gentile believers were already saved and that they didn't have to keep the law of Moses because they are now under my Gospel which I'm preaching to the Gentiles. The Gentile believers at Antioch. And so they're telling Paul and Barnabas that they have to circumcise those Gentiles), and to command them to keep the law of Moses.'"
This as plain as day, and then people try to tell me that the Gospel of Grace started way back there. Paul had been ministering to Gentiles up at Antioch, where the Scriptures says, "They were first called Christians." Galatians 2:4
Back under the Law. Oh these Jewish believers at Jerusalem were still trying to hang the Law not only on Paul and Barnabas, but also on those Antioch Gentile believers.
"To whom (Paul says) we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour (they didn't give in); that the truth of the gospel (Paul's Gospel that he preached to the Gentile) might continue with you."
What would have happened to Christianity if these Jewish leaders at Jerusalem would have convinced Paul that the Gentile believers had to subject themselves to the Mosaic system? I guess this is why a lot of people don't like Paul. Galatians 2:9
Verse 14 again.
"For sin (old Adam) shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace."
For the last 1900 + years God has been dealing with the whole human race, not just Gentiles, but even the Nation of Israel on the basis of His Grace. I'll say it again: "Very few people even among Christendom understand the Grace of God." Grace. Going back a couple of lessons we learned that where sin abounds, the Grace of God is always greater. Moody walked back, and said, "Young man what's the matter with you?" And the young man said, "Don't tell me the Grace of God can help, because you don't know what I've been." Dwight L. Moody said, "That's the Grace of God." The Grace of God can go far beyond the vilest sinner that we can dream of. Romans 6:14b
"...ye are not under the law, but under grace."