Do You Really Believe in Grace

Grace is about God

Grace is an unearned gift.

Legalists dilute, diminish, and pollute grace.

The Church has fought legalism since Act 15 when believing Pharisees worked to impose the law on non-Jewish believers. The book of Galatians attacks the putrid idea that one can become a believer by faith and then live the Christian life by works.

Law contradicts grace:

Law: first you obey and then God blesses.

Grace: first God blesses then you obey.

All religious systems that use works to earn God’s favor offend the work of Jesus and elevates the ability of man.

You believe in grace when you:

  1. Believe all are equal before God. The only differentiator is Jesus.
  2. Refuse to find comfort by comparing yourself with others.
  3. Serve because of God’s favor, not to earn it.

But there’s more.

Grace makes you bold.

Heb. 5:16 Let us then with confidence  (Boldness – KJV) draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Thrones invite cowering, lack of boldness. But the throne of grace invites boldness. Grace casts out fear.

Legalism creates insecurity in sincere believers. We can never do enough, serve enough, or be good enough. But, grace swings the door to God’s throne open and says, “Boldly enter.”

The presence of boldness indicates belief in grace. The absence of boldness suggest lack of faith in Jesus.

When you look within and see frailty and falling short you may cower. But, grace will have nothing to do with this legalistic practice.

You may say, “I’m not worthy to have boldness before God.” That feeling betrays your legalism. It is not about your worthiness at all. The believers standing is in grace not worthiness or performance.

Legalism is a universal plague that feeds our need to feel worthy. The solution is faith in Jesus not our works. We began our journey with God by faith and we live it, on a daily basis, by faith alone.

Advertisements
Explore posts in the same categories: Christian Living, Faith, Grace, Uncategorized

Tags: , , , ,

You can comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.

One Comment on “Do You Really Believe in Grace”

  1. Marc Says:

    To accept grace, we must first believe that 1) We need salvation (Romans 3:23 and 6:23), and 2) We can’t pay for it ourselves and 3) All of our righteousness is as filthy rags, for we are totally depraved.
    For humans, that means opening our eyes to see ourselves as God sees us, having great worth because He chooses to love us, but having fallen short of the glory of God.
    Legalism is man’s attempt to avoid acknowledging our depravity, our total helplessness, God’s holiness, justice, and mercy. Legalism says the creature impresses the Creator enough to gain His favor, that sin is not really bad. Legalism comes from pride, from misunderstanding of what holiness means.
    Grace is unmerited favor. As the hymnwriter wrote, “Amazing grace…that saved a WRETCH like me.”. This grace is not a sentiment, but an action that cost God the life of His only begotten Son, and caused the Son humiliation, pain, and bearing sin, which He abhorred.
    Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.
    Thank you, Dan, for reminding us of this grace.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: