Grace isn’t just forgiveness and forbearance, it is the divine influence which is intended to bring the Lordship of God into our life. You don’t have to live in defeat, because Christ provided not only forgiveness, but the power to become the sons of God. Let’s talk.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2)
What does it really mean to have been made free from the Law of sin and death? What does this imply for us as believers? Should our life consist of continual defeat and sin, or continual victory? Let’s discuss how Jesus Christ made victory possible, probably, even inevitable to those who surrender their life to God through Him.
For so long, many of us in the church have been taught that we have a dual nature, and that we just can’t stop sinning. Usually, Romans 7 is cited as the ‘proof’ of this, when, in fact, Romans 7 describes live WITHOUT JESUS CHRIST. How do we know this? Romans 8 goes on to tell us that we’ve been freed from the law of sin and death described in Romans 7. Let’s talk!
So often I hear people say things like ‘we’re under grace, not law,’ and usually this is when they’re excusing behavior they know to be wrong. Part of the problem is that many of us just don’t know what grace really is, and therefore have a distorted perception of what law is and how it relates to us under the New Covenant of Jesus Christ. In this Youtube video, we’ll take a look at what the Bible has to say about law and grace and whether they really are opposed to one another.
Someone had responded to my previous video by saying ‘W’re under grace, not law.’ Let’s explore that idea in comparison to what Jesus said, since he’s the TESTATOR of the New Testament of grace, and knows more about it than we do.
What’s closer to the truth is that it is now politically ‘safer’ for an entity such as World Vision to support homosexuality, and so they’ve gone public with what was likely to have been the position of its core leadership anyway. That may sound cynical to some of you, but we live in a day when many religious leaders are openly taking positions so diametrically opposed to the clearly stated laws of God that it’s hard to imagine that such positions were recently decided upon. Thus far in my experience such things are more indicative of long-held beliefs that were kept quiet for fear of the loss of support. David didn’t just suddenly kill a man to cover up Bathsheba’s pregnancy. If he’d honored the Law in the first place, he wouldn’t have slept with her, and prior to that he’d refused to follow the Law when he failed to punish his own daughter’s rapist. Thus we see that David’s seeming sudden departure from the Law was part of a pattern of lawlessness that had been emerging for some time, and so it is with most of us.
I urge all of you who stand for righteousness to find other avenues to support missionary work. Indeed, support your local missionaries directly, so that most of the money doesn’t go toward paying the organizations who take your money then make the missionaries raise their own support anyway… We can do better.