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Tuesday, July 5 2016
Romans 6: What Does Grace Really Mean?
"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid ... For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
The English-language word "grace" originated from a Greek word, pronounced khar-eese (a hint of the source pronunciation of "grace" is audible in khar-eese), which meant to rejoice (grateful, gratitude and agree are all derived from the same source as grace). "Grace" is used to translate that same word, from which it was derived, in the Holy Scriptures.
Grace is a state of being grateful for the forgiveness that comes, from the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour), when one truly repents and genuinely lives according to God's Law, rather than Satan's loser ways of rebellion and perversion (see What Does Mercy Really Mean? and The Doers Of The Law). Grace is not about being ungrateful ("ungraceful") by doing nothing good, or blasphemously claiming that grace makes humans "free" of obedience to God (see Jude: Ungodly Men Who Turn Grace Into Lawlessness and Blaspheming The Name Of God):
"6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Genuine Christians (in contrast to those who merely do as they please, in Christ's Name; see Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion? and Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?) joyfully live according to God's Law because in it is true freedom - from deception now, and from eternal death in due time.
"6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
"6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Fact Finder: Was the Messiah sacrificed for sinners, or for repentant sinners?
This Day In History, July 5
328: "Constantine's Bridge" over the Danube River was opened. Constantine was the primary creator of the Church of Rome and its "Sunday" doctrine (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1295: Scotland and France made the "Auld Alliance" against England.
1610: Forty colonists, led by John Guy, departed Bristol, England to settle in what is today Newfoundland (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1687: Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica was published by The Royal Society in England (see also Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula and Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).
1770: The Battle of Chesma began between the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1809: The Battle of Wagram. It was the largest battle of the Napoleonic Wars.
1811: Venezuela declared independence from Spain.
1830: France invaded Algeria.
1865: William Booth founded the "Christian Mission" in London, England. It was later renamed the "Salvation Army."
1932: Antonio de Oliveira Salazar became the leader of Portugal.
1934: Police opened fire on striking longshoremen in San Francisco in what became known as "Bloody Thursday."
1940: In France, Henri Petain's "Vichy" government (that cooperated with the Hitler's invasion forces) severed diplomatic relations with Britain.
1943: During the Second World War (1939-1945; listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the battle of Kursk began between the armies of Germany and Russia. It was the largest full-scale battle in history, and the world's largest tank battle.
1950: The Knesset (Parliament) of Israel passed the Law of Return. It granted all Jews (see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) the right to immigrate to Israel (unfortunately, for many of the people of Judah to this day, the most famous Jew of all, Jesus Christ, is still not welcome to them; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism).
1959: President Sukarno of Indonesia dissolved Parliament and proclaimed dictatorial powers.
1963: The Roman Catholic Church granted permission for Catholics to be cremated (see also Is 'Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust' Really In The Bible?).
1994: Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat traveled to the "West Bank" (see Jordan's West Bank Invasion) after 27 years in exile, determined to turn the self-rule areas of Gaza and Jericho into a "Palestinian state" (see Where Is Palestine?) with its capital in East Jerusalem.
1996: A sheep (named Dolly) became the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell.
1998: Japan launched an unmanned spacecraft to Mars, thereby becoming the third nation, along with the U.S. and Russia, to have exploration vehicles in space.
2009: The largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, over 1,500 items, was found near Hammerwich, England.