“Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD brings back the captivity of His people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.” Psalm 14:7
“If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 (See also 31, 32.)
Not that sin is utterly destroyed, or entirely dead, and cannot stir anymore in the heart of believers; for the Scripture speaks of them as having still to contend against the lusts of the flesh (Galatians 5:17). But it is true that pardoned sin has no power either to condemn or to reign over us; nay, it shall be weakened more and more (Romans 6:12, 14). So that Christ reigns even in the heart where sin, though hated, still finds a place. He reigns in the midst of His enemies, encouraging the believer to fight perseveringly beneath His banners until He becomes more than a conqueror and be presented without fault before the throne of God.
I will, therefore, daily seek grace from God to subdue my iniquities, to sanctify my nature, and to conform me to the Lord Jesus; that being freed from condemnation and consecrated to His service — I may bring forth the fruits of righteousness to His praise and glory. Thus shall I carry out the apostolic exhortation, “Grow in grace.”
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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