Misconception of Grace
Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
Dear friends, many have the misconception that grace messages advocate, “since we have received the remission of our sins, we can now just commit as many sins as we want, since we are supposed to be sinless and righteous by faith?” This is not the case. On the contrary, grace messages promote that when one is made sinless and righteous by faith in Christ’s absolute finished work, he stays away from sin even more. Before, we were enslaved and dragged by sin. Through the Gospel of the water and the Spirit (John3:5), we are set free and are no longer slaves to sin. Rather, those who have received the remission of sins, live their life practicing the Righteousness of God.
The righteous can deny themselves and follow the will of the Lord because of the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit indwelling within them. No amount of evil in this world can deny them from practicing the righteousness of God in their lives. They live united with the Church and boldly preach the Gospel Truth empowered by the Holy Spirit. They are fully dependent on God for all things as they have received the right to become God’s children. The Bible says, “the just shall live by faith.”
The Lord has saved us through His baptism (water), death (blood) and resurrection (Spirit). 1 John 5:6-8. We live by this faith to enjoy the abundant life that is promised in His Word. Sadly, many still have sin in their hearts even after believing in Jesus, simply because of the lack of proper knowledge in Christ’s finished work. Whoever believes in the Truth has no sin because of God’s unmerited grace received by faith through Jesus. The Word of God says, “moreover the Law entered that the offence might abound, but where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.” Rom 5:20. Likewise, through grace sin is completely eradicated once and for all. This is the power of the Gospel of Grace.
Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus came to this earth and blotted out our sins by being baptized. He eradicated and expunged all the sins of the world through His crucified body. After fulfilling His plan for the salvation of mankind, God rested because it is finished. The Word says, “God blessed the seventh day because in it He rested” Gen 2:2.
The agape love of God has saved us from sin. We too can be rested in God’s finished work. The only thing that we have to do is to believe in the Gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit which constitutes God’s Righteousness to mankind. John3:5. Our call now is to proclaim the Lord’s resurrection and His victory. At the cross, God has triumphed over death and Satan’s deception.
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