Who’s Afraid of Grace?
It boggles my mind. I am struggling to understand. What is it about grace that scares folks? I’ve actually been cautioned by ministers that “even though we know that we are totally forgiven of all our sins, we can not preach that to baby Christians because they will use that knowledge to sin. Grace is for the mature.” Brethren, if we don’t preach the grace of God only, what are we to preach? Law? Mixture? No wonder the body of Christ is in such bad shape. How sad!
Grace is not a doctrine; it is a person.
Grace is Jesus in all His fullness.
For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift. For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ. [Exod. 20:1.] (John 1:16, 17 AMP)
To distrust grace is to distrust Jesus. To think that preaching pure grace leads to sin is to think that preaching only Christ crucified, apart from law, results in sin. How can that be? Are we not complete in Christ?
Instead of giving people permission to sin, the revelation of God’s grace does just the opposite.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, (Titus 2:11, 12 NIV)
There is only one antidote to sin, and it is not The Ten Commandments. It is pure, unadulterated grace made available through the Gospel to all who hear and believe
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 15:56, 57 NKJV)
Preach the law to people in order to make them live holy lives and you will strengthen the power of sin in their flesh. It will be impossible for them to overcome. Preach only the Lord Jesus Christ, the Grace of God, to them and He will give them the victory.
But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded. (Romans 5:20b, AMP)
For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17 NKJV)
Wow! Did you hear what Paul just said? Don’t throw the law at sin–that’s like adding gasoline to fire. Don’t use guilt and condemnation to try to get people to stand up and walk straight. That won’t work. Throw grace at sin, and not just a little amount. Let grace superabound.
Who’s afraid of grace? Not I! Are you?