Careless With The Concept Of Grace
April 2, 2014
Grace… It’s a word which those in the counterfeit of Christianity like to throw around. They use it flippantly as they feign exaltation to the One who has lovingly extended it to mankind. However, by using the word to excuse a continuation in sin –something the Lord abhors and has not provided grace for– they actually profane God and His gifts.
God has not extended grace to us that we might be saved from sin’s wage while continuing to indulge in it. (Heb. 10:26-31) Grace was given to us that we would be freed up from the power of sin and thereby made fully capable of grabbing ahold of God’s power by which to conduct ourselves according to that which pleases God. (Rom. 6:14-23 & 8:3,4 // 2 Peter 1:3,4) The law was not able to provide this power for us (Rom. 6:14 & 7:11 & 8:3 // Heb. 7:18,19), but God’s Spirit makes us completely able to live the pure lives we are called to live. (Rom. 8:4 // 1 Thes. 4:7,8) If someone denies this ability, then that person does not know God and does not have His Spirit. (Rom. 8:9 // 3 John 1:11 // Jude 1:18,19) Such a person remains unsaved. (Rom. 8:13,14)
The counterfeit of Christianity is replete with the unsaved. Claiming to know God, they reveal by their sinfulness that they do not. (Titus 1:16) Showing off some style of godliness, they refuse to accept the power of God to live as new creations. (2 Tim. 3:5) But God’s Word commands that we do live new (holy) lives (2 Cor. 5:15,17 // 1 Peter 1:13-17) and it promises that born again people will indeed do so. (1 Peter 4:2 // 1 John 3:9)
What is the “grace to be given you [us] when Jesus Christ is revealed”? (1 Peter 1:13) It is the salvation of our souls –that goal of our faith which we are right now in the process of receiving (v. 9) –IF we are walking in faith that is genuine (v. 7), meaning faith that obeys God (Heb. 4:11 & 5:9) and refuses to disobey His will. (10:35-39) It is through this genuine faith that we stepped into that grace which God extended to the whole world through Christ’s atoning sacrifice. (1 John 2:2) Then there, by abiding in His grace, we are taught how to say “No” to all passions and attitudes that are unholy in God’s sight (Titus 2:11,12), for Christ redeemed us from all impurity that we might eagerly do that which is good. (v. 14 // Eph. 2:10)
Grace…. It is not a word to throw around irreverently or carelessly. It is a gift which God brought to the whole world through great sacrifice. It is a gift of His own divine nature, that nature which causes us to renounce all sin with finality. (Rom. 6:1,2 // 1 John 3:9)
Some will accept this grace and others will reject it. Of those who reject it, there are many who pretend they’ve accepted it even while they bend it, twist it, shove it, and squish it, desperate to get it to comply with their counterfeit. “Their condemnation is deserved.” (Rom. 3:8; see also 2 Cor. 11:15 and Titus 3:11)