“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins”.
Grace does not tell the believer that it is alright to sin since he is already forgiven. No! The message of grace is the exact opposite.
Titus 2: 11, 12 says: “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.”
Can you see that? Grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and live righteously. The message of grace is that you are empowered to live right because you have been made right with God. Galatians 5:1 says: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
Grace teaches you that you can live above sin because Christ has made you free from the bondage of sin. At one time, you were dead in sin. Even when you wanted to do right, you could not, because by nature you were irresistibly drawn to sin! You could not help yourself.
But guess what, by the grace of God, you’ve been quickened to walk in the newness of life. The grace, the blood of Jesus washed away your sins. By grace, his spirit lives in you, quickening you to live above sin (Ephesians 2:1-5). That is the message of grace; it does not tell you that your works don’t matter, it reminds you that you were made for good works. Eph 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Now, you don’t try to do good to earn salvation. You do good because you have been saved by grace and made for good works!