Episode 4 in our Grace – The Energy of God podcast series looks at the two different energies operating today. There is the energy of darkness and the energy of God. Knowing the difference between the two of them, what they lead to, and how the quality of our life is based upon which energy we connect to is important for the way forward.
Some of the Verses We Discussed in This Episode on The Two Powers
15 But the gift of God through Christ is a very different matter from the “account rendered” through the sin of Adam. For while as a result of one man’s sin death by natural consequence became the common lot of men, it was by the generosity of God, the free giving of the grace of one man Jesus Christ, that the love of God overflowed for the benefit of all men. 16 Nor is the effect of God’s gift the same as the effect of that one man’s sin. For in the one case one man’s sin brought its inevitable judgment, and the result was condemnation. But, in the other, countless men’s sins are met with the free gift of grace, and the result is justification before God.17 For if one man’s offence meant that men should be slaves to death all their lives, it is a far greater thingthat through another man, Jesus Christ, men by their acceptance of his more than sufficient grace and righteousness, should live all their lives like kings! 18-19 We see, then, that as one act of sin exposed the whole race of men to God’s judgment and condemnation, so one act of perfect righteousness presents all men freely acquitted in the sight of God. One man’s disobedience placed all men under the threat of condemnation, but one man’s obedience has the power to present all men righteous before God.
Romans 5:13-19 Phillips Translation
A man must not say when he is tempted, “God is tempting me.” For God has no dealings with evil, and does not himself tempt anyone. No, a man’s temptation is due to the pull of his own inward desires, which can be enormously attractive.His own desire which conceives and gives birth to sin. And sin in the long run means death—make no mistake about that, brothers of mine! James 1:13-16 Phillips Translation
Let not sin [the energy of darkness] therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin [that dark energy] as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace [the energy of God]. Romans 6:12-14 (ESV)
You might have noticed I quote from the Phillips Translation a lot in some of the podcast episode. This is one I really enjoy when studying. I actually gifted this translation to several friends for Christmas last year because I like it so much. If you would like to add this to your study tools here is a link.
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