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Grace abounding, Even In sin!
One of the questions I am commonly asked is, What about grace and sin. Now the question is usually asked because people want to know what happens when they do sin or if grace abounds when they do sin!
The apostle Paul asked the question in Romans 6:1, "are we to continue in sin that grace might abound?" Now we would assume that we know the answer, that grace does abound when we sin, or do we?
Most Christians can flippantly say, "yes, grace does abound" but still live miserable defeated lives.
It is easy to know the scriptures and say, "Oh yes grace abounds in my sin" then go on our merry old way. But do we really believe that grace abounds when we sin or do we believe grace abounds except when we sin.
This may sound like a catch on words but it is critical to know which one we believe. To believe the latter is to believe that grace is conditioned on our works.
Now if it were conditioned on our works then where would grace be? Simply, of no effect because of our works!
And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. Romans 6:11.
So if it is by works then when does grace abound?
If it is by works then why bother with grace!
If it is when we are obedient, then what is the purpose of grace?
Why is this important to understand?
Because to believe otherwise, is to say that the work of grace on the cross is insufficient. Or that the redemption of Jesus Christ to all the world is not enough.
To say that the grace of God cannot abound in our sin is to make the cross invalid.
The truth is, Gods grace will always abound towards us.
To take it further, grace has nothing to do with us; it has everything to do with Jesus and Jesus alone.
To receive grace has nothing to do with our goodness, our obedience, and our performance. Grace is totally independent of us!
This is hard for the works performance individual to understand!
Paul said. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, He then said, What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? The answer is, no!
Because grace has an opposite effect, it saves us and transforms us, through the work of the cross, into a new creation that now desires to live Godly lives.
But if we do sin, grace will still abound.
The message of grace is that grace will always abound no matter how mush we sin. Grace cannot and will not change.
We need to believe the truth of this gospel.
We need to rid our legalist view, our performance driven attitudes. It will not change what grace is, an act of unconditional love from a Father who knows our flesh better then we know ourselves, sinners who sin.