Under Law or Under Grace,
Do you know what the Grace of God is?
This is a subject that seems to keep coming up in churches, bible study and all religious talk.
But does anyone really understand what God's Grace is?
We understand justice.
Justice is getting what you deserve.
We even understand mercy.
Mercy is not getting all that you deserve even though there is some punishment.
But do you understand that Grace is getting what you do not deserve and is not in your power to do yourself?
It is God's unmerited favor; a gift that He gives to all who believe in Him. You have nothing to do with it. You can either accept the gift or not, it is up to you.
God's Grace is the Power that leads to salvation.
The power to resist the devil so he can flee.
God's Grace is the reason no weapon formed against you shall prosper.
It is the reason why those who have accepted God's gift and have given their life over to Christ is able to live a life without sin.
1 John 3:9 states: "No one who has been born from God practices sin, because God's seed abides in him. Indeed, he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born from God".
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17).
When Paul said, you are not under the law, you are under Grace, he meant that the Law, that came about to convict you of sin is no longer necessary for those who are in Christ.
We are not under the covenant of Law (Which could only lead us to death because it was impossible to keep) but of the covenant of Grace (which writes the law on our hearts and empowers us to be obedient). This was the promise of God in days of old.
"The day will come,’ says the Lord, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. . . . But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,’ says the Lord. ‘I will put my law in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people’" (Jeremiah 31:31, 33).
That is for all people because, concerning the Gentiles, God says in the prophecy of Hosea, "Those who were not my people, I will now call my people. And I will love those whom I did not love before." (Romans 9:25)
The old covenant was written in stone, but the new covenant is written on our hearts, made possible only by faith in Christ, who shed His own blood to atone for the sins of the world.
Now that we are under the new covenant, we are not under the penalty of the law. We are now given the opportunity to receive salvation as a free gift (Ephesians 2:8-9).
It is through the life-giving Holy Spirit who lives in all believers, that we can now share in the inheritance of Christ and enjoy a permanent, unbroken relationship with God. (Romans 8:9-11)
"For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, now that He has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.” (Hebrews 9:15)
So it is truly up to you whether or not you live a life of freedom or a life of bondage. The way has already been made for you to overcome. If you continue to stay in your situation, know that it is a choice you have made and not something that you can't help.
Stop saying, "I can't help it, I am only human" and "Nobody's Perfect" because those are only excuses. You can do what you want, you can have what you say, you can achieve anything, you can overcome everything. Trust God and know in your heart that God is able to do what you can't do. It's called Grace. (Philippians 4:13)
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. (John 7:17)
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 2415)
So, there is no doubt in my mind that anyone who desires to live a life without sin, in complete obedience to God is able to do so; and I stand by this teaching with no conviction in my heart that it is wrong to teach it. I have been chosen of God and I am Holy and Beloved. God loves me and He has chosen me...
For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:26-31)