This is part 1 in a 3 part series
How often do you see someone new in the faith fail? Many times I’m sure. We all have. And there is on occasion, those of us that have been in the faith for years who stumble and lose sight of the call on our lives. I can give ample testimony of my own failures.
So today, I want us to look at grace. Not just grace alone, but how Christians seem to be confused about what it is, and its purpose. I know some will arguably stop reading from this point on, stating that God’s grace is immeasurable. I agree. But to what end?
Scripture tells us in Hebrews 10:26 that:
“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.”
Grace is simply unmerrited favor. You can’t buy it, work for it, sell or trade it. It’s freely given to us by God, through the Holy Spirit, by the most loving act of kindness ever produced through Jesus Christ our Lord. His sacrifice on the cross, spending three days in Hell, and resurrecting out of the tomb paid the way for you and I to live free from sin and shame!
As the author of Hebrews so eloquently penned the words in the above scripture, if we continue to sin and rely most heavily on grace as we often do, the sacrifice made would seem to be in vain.
The old timers used to say it like this:
“Willful sinning makes a mockery of the Cross.”
In another scripture, the Apostle Paul attempts to persuade the reader to examine the hyper-extended use of grace by saying “Shall we keep sinning so grace may continue? Absolutely not!” (Romans 6:1)
The message that needs to be taught about grace today isn’t addressed because pastors fear a mass exodus of faithful followers. Being confronted with the truth is what the church needs. We need to understand that the more we combat sin and become victorious through the Cross, the less we will need to lean on slippery grace. Grace will always be there for us, but if we continue to rely on grace alone instead of faith for the same old sins day in and day out, we’ll never be set free from the bondage of it. Because the wages of sin is death, the Cross brought life through our Savior!