THE PROBLEM WITH GRACE

There is a mistaken notion by most churches which teach we are in a “dispensation” of GRACE.  Or, another way it is explained, we are now under a “covenant” of GRACE.  If you are woman who happens to be named, “Grace”, you would think of yourself as being abused with how many believers tend to abuse your name.  Let’s set the record straight as to what “Grace” is so it will not end up being something which will bite us in the end.  You really don’t want to misunderstand what “Grace” is all about.

Grace is defined, Biblically speaking as:  “in Christianity is the free and unmerited favour of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowing of blessings. Common Christian teaching is that grace is unmerited mercy (favor) that God gave to humanity by sending His Son to die on a cross, thus delivering eternal salvation.”

It sounds rather pleasant and certainly something we’d all wish to have.  But we need to dissect this some to fully understand what it means.

Question:  Why would I need “grace”?  Let’s make this personal, Why would you NEED “grace”?  Is it because I have fallen short?  If it is a benefit being used for my salvation, and certainly I could use all the blessings I could get, would not “grace” be something tangible, given to me, by God, because it helps me to achieve salvation?  We’re dodging the obvious question…

Question:  What is keeping me from being saved? If you’re anything like me, and I believe you are, you’d be answering quite easily:  “sin”.  Sin is what is keeping me from being saved.  How can anyone disagree with this concept?

Question:  What is sin?  The Bible answers quite clearly: “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4 (KJV)

Question:  What law are we talking about?  Again, an easy one:  God’s Ten Commandments.  Is there any other law which God has given which we could be guilty of breaking, causing our need for “grace”.  Short answer:  Nope!

Now, let’s see how “grace” works from God’s perspective and mine.

When I have failed in keeping one of the Ten Commandments, I become sorrowful and pray a repentant prayer.  At the same time, my remorsefulness turns into conversion and I receive God’s forgiveness for that sin.  However, the penalty has not been made because and we know the familiar verse:

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 (KJV)

So, instead of paying the consequence, I receive a gift in order to obtain eternal life, what is that “gift”?  It is none other than “grace”.  I receive “grace” which keeps me from receiving punishment.

Now, here is the problem most churches don’t realize in their teaching.  They teach we are not under the Law of the Ten Commandments.  That it is done away, gone, kaput.  No long existing.  So, if this is true, then there is no more sin.  And, if there is no more sin, there is no need for grace.  So, why would you need grace at all, if there is no sin, because there is no Law?  And what is even worse, like throwing salt onto an open wound, they, the false teachers and preachers which then makes false worshippers and Christians, walk around with this false belief that God extends “grace” to us in order to save us while we are “IN” our sins!  If this is true, that God will save us while we are “IN” our sins, then there is really no need to pray for forgiveness, is there?  The whole process would be redundant.  In other words, God is going to save me just like I am, so there is no need to become more and more like Jesus!  WOW, what a religion.  That’ll mean practically the whole world will be saved and all the effort and work I’m doing, because this is what it requires, I can just stop, go ahead doing what I want to do because since I can’t earn it, and it is a gift, then just accept the gift and live how I want to live!  WRONG!!!  That’s the fast-track to hell and you definitely do not want to be on that train.

Friends, “grace” works together with “Law” in order to cause us to be able to keep the Law perfectly, and we can!  Yes, we can keep the Law perfectly.  Let me show you how.  If you sin and ask for forgiveness, and God grants you forgiveness and gives you “grace”, there’s that word again, and He tosses your sin in the deepest sea, is what the Bible says, does that sin still remain?  Nope!  And if that sin does not remain, are you not perfectly keeping the Law?  Yep!  Ain’t that complicated folks.  So, those who wish to do away with the Law of God are doing away with their salvation because God had already made a provision how you can keep the Law of God and receive eternal life!  And the answer simply is this:  GRACE!

Better get yours.  I’m getting mine.

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May 25, 2016