“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.”
If there is one misconception about the subject of Grace, it has got to be the idea that grace makes sin acceptable. There could be nothing farther from the truth; Grace doesn’t lick the wound of sin… It heals it.
I think that the reason why the Grace message is being withstood by many is because they have seen that quite a number of Christians who believe in the grace message are not winning the war against sin. In fact, many got deeper in sin when they heard the grace message. But it isn’t grace that is at fault. It is their lack of understanding.
So, what really is the message of grace? Ephesians 1: 5,6 says: “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”
Grace says that we are chosen to be sons of God in Christ. As unqualified as man is because of our generic nature of sin, when we believe in Jesus, we are adopted by grace to be sons of God through Christ. That was God’s plan before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). By grace, our sins are forgiven in Christ.
Another crucial subject under the topic of grace is that God revealed his promise of righteousness without works first to the Jews, and gave the Jews the law to reveal his holiness until the fulfilment of the promise (Gal 3:19). The message of grace is that the law could not save the Jews to whom it was given, was never given to non-Jews in the first place, and that for anyone to receive salvation, it has to be by faith in Jesus alone.
Eph 2: 8,9 says: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Now that the promise is come, and it is to everyone by faith (Rom 3:1-8, Gal 3:1-7).