Under Grace, Not Sin

God’s grace is His giving to us, at great cost, the goodness we don’t deserve.

Sin always has been and always will be irrational. It seems to make sense for the moment, but it lacks all perspective and denies reality so that truth eventually catches up with it. Scripture tells us, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable” (Hebrews 4:13, NLT). God warns us that “you may be sure that your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23, NIV).

While the Christian life is certainly fraught with temptations and struggles, Christ’s work on our behalf is sufficient to give us victory over sin so it does not master us. We are not “under sin” or “under law,” but we are still under something, something unbelievably wonderful: grace. “For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:14, NASB).

If we believe that “God is for us” (Romans 8:31), then even when Scripture exposes our sin, we still trust Him, because He desires to meet and defang our sin with His forgiving and empowering grace.

Perspectives from God’s Word

“See if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139:24).

“I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin” (Psalm 32:5).

Perspectives from God’s People

“Sin is the mouthiest of backseat drivers, the one who, as often as we allow it, hurtles over our shoulder, elbows us in the face, and grabs for the steering wheel.” —Jonathan Parnell

“Sin is treason, not sinus trouble. God forgives sin; he does not heal sin.” —Rosaria Butterfield

Seeing the UnseenToday’s blog is excerpted from the new expanded edition of Randy’s book Seeing the Unseen. This 90-day devotional equips and inspires readers to live with a right view of eternity that can shape the way they think and live today. Each brief devotion includes Bible verses and inspirational quotes, along with Alcorn's uniquely powerful insights, to help readers better understand the eternal realities that should guide a Christian’s daily life.

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Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries