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Living Under Grace
SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2011
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One of the most significant biblical concepts that revolutionized my thinking as a Christian was understanding the difference between the indicatives and imperatives of the Gospel. The "indicatives" of the Gospel are those statements which tell us what God has done for us in Christ, and what has happened to us as the result. For instance, in 2 Corinthians 5:17 & 21, we're told: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come...For our sake he made [Christ] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." In each of these declarations we are given the facts of what God has done to save us in Christ, and the consequence of that saving work in our lives. These are the Gospel indicatives.
The "imperatives" of the Gospel however, are the commands which tell us what to do now that we're saved. Hence, in Colossians 3:12-13, we are commanded to "put on...compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive."
Now what is vitally important to understand about the indicatives and imperatives of the Gospel, is the order in which they are placed in Scripture. The indicatives always come before the imperatives. This is why, for example, we see in Paul's letter to the Ephesians, that he devotes the first three chapters to what God has done to save them (indicatives); and then the last three chapters to how they are to live since they are saved (imperatives). One crucial point of keeping indicatives before imperatives helps us to see how it is even possible that we're able to live in the manner God has set forth. It is only due to the fact that God has redeemed us by Christ, giving us a new nature, and has sent the Holy Spirit to indwell us that we can live holy lives which glorify God.
In Romans 6:14, we have a Gospel indicative which is meant to encourage us in our fight against sin and service to God (cf. Rom.6:12-13). In my last two posts I have sought to unpack this indicative by showing how it expresses two principle truths in relation to our Christian life: first, Romans 6:14 establishes our assurance for persevering in sanctification. This assurance is stated by proclaiming that "sin will have no dominion over you." Here is a glorious Gospel fact! The rule and reign of sin has been forever broken over the believer in Christ. This one truth promises a Christian that he will persevere to the very end.
The second principle truth of the Christian life in Romans 6:14, is where we're continuing to camp out even in this present post: it is our permanent position for the perseverance. "...since you are not under law but under grace." As we live the Christian life from day to day with the massive fact of sin's dominion having ceased to enslave us; we do so, with the understanding that our position is no longer under law but under grace. By not being under law (as we saw in the previous post), we are not under the law's curse and condemnation. When we were slaves to sin, all the law could do was to confirm that bondage and judge us accordingly. While the law shows us what God requires for a righteous life, it cannot give us the power to live it nor save us from our sin which keeps us from such a life.
But thanks to be God that we're no longer under law in this way. Rather, by God's redeeming power in Christ, the permanent position of all His people is under grace. What does this mean? The answer to this question is actually a summation of everything the apostle Paul had written from Romans 3 to the first half of Romans 6. First of all, to be under grace is to be in a position before God where He has justified us on account of what Christ has done to save us and bring us to God (3:21-5:1). We're also now in God's favor, at peace with God, and reconciled to Him (5:2-11). Furthermore, to be under grace, is to be in a position where we are no longer in Adam but we're now in Christ - thus, we're no longer classified as sinners but are now classified as saints (5:12-19). Moreover, since we are under grace, we have died to our old life in Adam, having been enslaved to the power of sin (6:1-7). Under grace has further placed us all in spiritual union with Christ (6:3-5, 8-11). So, we have a new life then to live under grace which opposes sin and serves God (6:12-13). All these Gospel facts confirm us as under grace.
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