🍲SPECIAL ALETHEA BUFFET🍝
3rd March 2017
Tell me your conception about the grace of God. I mean, some preachers actually say that we’re under the grace, vindicated, that Christ is our righteousness, even if we sin, no problem because we’re already holy, Jesus has completed everything by his work. And u find in the church, there is a lot of sexuality, liars,… brief all the kinds of sins that are common. And they don’t mind, they are just involved in church activities as normal. U find people no longer fight for holiness, to live a pure life bcz we’re under the grace. What do u think about it?
Firstly, it is true that we are in the dispensation of God’s Grace(unmerited favor); God has forgiven us and vindicated us through Jesus Christ. It is also true, that Jesus Christ is our righteousness. I quote 2 Corinthians 5: 21, “For He(God) hath made him(Jesus Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” When Jesus died on the cross, He died as a criminal(sinner). Right? But had Jesus committed the crime for which He was accused and sentenced? No, but yet He died for that sin. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Jesus died to pay death what sinful mankind owed death. He didn’t die for His sin, but for our sins. The death of Christ rightly places whoever chooses to believe in Jesus Christ under the righteousness account of Jesus. This means, God will count this man who believes in Jesus Christ righteous even when he has not done any righteous works, the same way, Jesus was counted sinful without committing any sin.
Secondly, Has Jesus completed everything at the cross? Yes, He has. John 19:30 says, “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” What did Jesus finish at the cross? He finished the anger of God upon sinful mankind, He served and finished the punishment that man was supposed to serve for breaking the Holy Commandment of Moses, Jesus also finished your curse and disease, and He finished our shame and reproaches.
Does this then mean we can live recklessly or in lawlessness, simply because we are accounted righteous under the obedience of Christ? Certainly not! Romans 5:20 says, “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”
When a man is struggling with sin, He does not need the law of Moses, _(Thou shalt not…_) He only needs the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the Grace of God that has the power to liberate a sinful man and enter him into freedom. When we say, grace encourages sinning or lawlessness, we abuse Grace, simply because we have misunderstood the operation of the grace of God. The bible says, where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.
Do you know why GRACE abounds much more where sin abounds? Because the Grace of God reigns righteousness upon whoever is sinning; there is abundant grace unto a man in the spot of sin, not to keep them in that sin spot, but to lift them above the sin. Now because righteousness is a nature issue, this previously sinning man will begin to perceive themselves more as the righteousness of God than as a sinner, and before they know it, sin would have departed from the fellow without any physical effort, resolution, or any condemnation whatsoever.
In conclusion, Christians who walk in sexual immorality, lies, theft, and the sorts, in the name of being under the Grace of God are mistaken. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ(who is the message of Grace), is hinged on the foundation of love: if you love someone, you cannot do the things that hurt them, on the contrary, you will make every effort to please them – simply because it pleases you to please them. This is how the grace of God operates, when a Christian comes to the realization of how much the Father has loved him, and forgiven him, he will in return delightfully respond to the Father’s love by following in His footsteps and will. We therefore, have a responsibility of teaching the love of God, and making known His grace that has appeared unto all men, throughout the world. So that the world will draw nearer to believe Jesus, and receive of His saving Grace.
I Love You!