Do you want to know how to nullify the grace of God? Tell Christians that they came to Christ by grace through faith, but have to maintain their salvation by earning it…by keeping the law.
Isn’t that what we do in the church today? We tell them that salvation is a free gift, but in order to continue on as a Christian we have things that are okay…and things that are not…and we do things that make us unholy, unrighteousness, and if we do enough of them we will go to hell.
I wonder what the body of Christ would be like if we realized that everything we have, do, and become is by grace through faith…not of works least anyone should boast.
The number one area that people who call themselves Christians struggle in is their own personal walk with God…and the number one reason for this struggle is that they are made to be conscious of their sin…and not God’s grace. What if the body of Christ were to really, seriously grasp that our salvation, righteousness, holiness, redemption, and right standing with God isn’t dependent upon our good works…but upon the grace of God.
We only make grace available for salvation, and then make the body of Christ earn the rest like we can do anything in and of ourselves to be holy.
This brings me back to The Doctrine of Spiritual Pride. None of us can earn anything from God. Everything we would ever need from Him has already been provided for by grace, and the only way we access what He’s done is by faith.
Oh for the day the body of Christ comes to understand that God has already done everything we would ever need Him to do for us…our part is receiving by faith what He has done…and sharing it with those who need it.
God’s grace is sufficient for EVERY need…but we invalidate it by putting conditions on it. We negate it by telling people that they have to earn it, and putting the responsibility on us.
Friends…we cannot earn one thing from God…we receive it…by grace through faith…and that’s the only way.
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.” (1 Corinthians 16:23-24)
Blessing & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer