“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14).
Paul is saying here that Christians are not under law as a way of salvation, but under grace. Law cannot save a sinner, nor can the law put an end to its dominion. The law only points sin in the life of a believer (Romans 3:20), and exposes it (Romans. 5:20). The law cannot forgive sin, nor can the law provide any power to overcome it.
Tthe believer should not look for salvation legalistically, as if he could be saved by his works of obedience (Romans 3:20, 28). He should realize that he has broken God’s law, that in his own power he is unable to fulfill its requirements, and should surrender himself through faith in Christ to the grace and mercy of God.
Then, by the grace of God (v. 24), the believer’s sinful past is forgiven and he receives divine power to walk in Christ. When a man is “under law,” despite his best efforts, sin continues to have dominion over him, because the law cannot set him free from the power of sin. But under grace, the struggle against sin is no longer an impososiblity, but a sure victory (John 3:16). Those who are under grace receive not only deliverance from judgement (Rom. 8:1) but also power to overcome (ch. 6:4).
Many people believe that because we are under grace we are no longer accountable to the law. But the truth is that people living under grace should still obey God’s law. Romans 6:15 says, “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” The statement “God forbid” is a strong statement directly telling us that God forbids us to break His commandments under the pretense of grace.
Suppose you are speeding and a policeman stops you to give you a ticket, but you ask for him for mercy. The police man forgives you; you are now under his grace. Do you then speed off or do you drive within the speed limit? Being under grace means that you should take special precaution to be obedient. Likewise, the forgiven believer, that has received the grace of God, is under double obligation to obey His law.
In His service,
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