God’s Grace   Leave a comment

So many that are Christians turn off other Christians who minister Grace because they think teaching and preaching about Grace is saying it’s ok to sin. Even the apostle Paul had to deal with that behavior. But Paul responded by saying “God forbid” (Romans 6:15). When we really understand the Grace of God we focus on His Grace and it turns us from sin. Grace offers us goodness when we do wrong. The Bible say it’s the goodness of God that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). I’ve witnessed that in my own life. I repented (turned away) from certain sins because of God’s goodness and not because of any punishment I received. Jesus took all our punishments already. When I really think of that great goodness Jesus did, I don’t want to commit sin. But if I continue thinking of sin, I will do it. The Bible tells us “as a man thinketh, in his heart so is he”. If we focus on the fact that we are the righteousness of God through JESUS CHRIST, we will be righteous. If we focus on our sins, we will be just that and not focus on what the Bible tells us in 1 John 2:9. He says to CONFESS our sins, He is faithful and just to cleanse us from our sins and all unrighteousness. Why focus on something the Lord’s Grace is cleansing you from. Renew your mind and think on His Grace and watch you sin less. Punishment and fear isn’t the answer to stop sinning like too many churches teach. That teaching comes from the Old Covenant. The Bible even tells us in the New Testament that we ARE NOT under the Old Covenant. The Old Covenant was to show us we are not clean and we need God in our lives. When you study what happened before the 10 Commandments came, you will understand why God brought them. You see, the children of Israel didn’t want to follow God no more, they wanted to have a king like the other nations (1 Samuel 8). God warned them what would happen if they did it. But they decided to go ahead anyway. That opened the door for the other nation’s ways to infiltrate the children of Israel. They did things that were the same as the other nations such as having idols as gods. God eventually had to give them the laws to show them who they’ve become because they turned from Him. God did not design the law to make us clean, but to show people they were not and are not clean. You see with so many Christians who brag because they say they follow all the laws, thinking that makes them holy. Again, the intent of the law isn’t to make anyone holy, but to show you are not holy. But when we accept and believe that Jesus came, and died to cleanse us from our sins, and rose from the grave to reconcile us back to God, we come under the New Covenant. The New Covenant was prophesied even by the old prophets (Jeremiah 31:31-34; ). Under the New Covenant we have grace and having faith in His love, grace, mercy, goodness will cause you to serve Him out of love. The Bible say it’s the Love of Christ that constrains (controls; urges; impel) us (2 Corinthians 5:14). What a great choice to make.

Titus 2:11-12; For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Jeremiah 31:31-34; Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Hebrews 8:6-13; But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

Hebrews 12:24; And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

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Posted May 15, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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