GRACE AND WORKS

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“Therefore it Is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father o us all,”

Rom. 4:16

 

I laugh when I see some argue Romans 5 and others Romans 6 like it must be an “either or” situation. One of the many points in Romans 5 is “…But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (5:20). But Romans 6 says: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2).

 

Same author. Which is true? Both! It’s pretty simple. The man in Christ has received the Spirit of God as God’s seal of acceptance, not based on his works, but by grace through faith. But, he is led by the same spirit into a life of effortless victory over sin. That said, it is a mistake to paint grace as saying: “No matter the depth of sin, you’re covered”, as if the so called ‘grace guys’ are looking for every opportunity to sin.

 

It all boils down to these questions: Are we accepted by God by our efforts or by faith?  Are we saying that we must attain sinless perfection to make heaven? Can ANY clergy in the world, past and present, boast of that? Why should any Christian have any assurance of salvation though he is not perfect? That’s grace! Let’s connect the dots once and for all.

 

This is what the bible teaches: I LIVE BY THE SPIRIT, I MUST ALSO WALK IN THE SPIRIT NOT FULFILLING THE LUSTS OF THE FLESH. I’M EMPOWERED TO DO THAT BY THE HOLYSPIRIT. BUT ALL THESE I DO KNOWING THAT VICTORY OVER SIN IS NOT A PREREQUISITE FOR MY ACCEPTANCE BUT THE PROOF OF MY ACCEPTANCE BEFORE GOD.

 

So, when Paul said that when sin abounds, grace much more abounds, he isn’t advocating for us to continue in sin that grace abounds.  Telling people not to boast in efforts but to rely on grace doesn’t mean you have some sin you’re trying to excuse. Paul says: “…If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more… I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord… that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith” (Phillipians 3:4-9).

 

SAY THIS: I am accepted by God through grace! I live by the Spirit. I do not walk in the flesh. I’m empowered to live victoriously over sin!

 

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