“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 1-2)
“What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid” (Romans 6:15)
Many misconceptions exist about what “being under grace” really means. This has led to much confusion among those who profess to be followers of The Almighty and His Son. This is not by accident which should come as no surprise to those that read and study their Bible. Revelation 12:9 tells us that “the great dragon, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, deceives the whole world”. Furthermore, scripture tells us that God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). We break free of the deception, when we can admit that we have been duped. We are living in a lawless society where everyone wants to do as they choose with no consequences. It is a dream world with grace becoming nothing more than a convenient scapegoat to that end.
Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Romans 6:16)
False Pretense Regarding Grace
What is grace; How long does it last? Is grace a free ticket to Heaven? Did the Messiah shed his blood as an atonement for sin, so that we can live a life of sin? Has The Most High changed his mind about sinners not inheriting the kingdom? Modern day Christianity has allowed the false pretense about God’s grace to fester. This is due to churches failing to set the record straight about what grace is and isn’t. Admonishing Christians to keep God’s law, often ends in a debate. They say, “Sin shall not have dominion over me: for I am not under the law, but under grace” (Roman’s 6:14). It sounds good, but do they really understand what that means?
Grace Applied in Daily Life
Let’s define “grace period” in layman’s terms, to see how it is applied in our daily lives. Wikipedia defines a grace period as, “a period immediately after the deadline for an obligation during which a late fee, or other action that would have been taken as a result of failing to meet the deadline, is waived provided the obligation is satisfied during the grace period”. Your Dictionary says a grace period is, “An extra amount of time in which you are free from certain consequences normally associated after a certain date. Based on these definitions, after a due date, we are given an extra amount of time to satisfy our obligations. The penalty goes into effect, if the obligation is not paid in full before the grace period ends.
An Unmerited Gift of Love
Grace is not a license to sin willfully. It is an unmerited gift from Almighty God providing us extra time to get right with Him before time’s up! “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). 1 John 3:4 says, “Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law”. It is clear that we are not currently under the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2). It is clear because swift judgements, as described in the Torah, are not executed immediately upon the breach. The Most High understands that we are flesh, and he desires no one to perish. Grace gives us time so that when we sin, we have a mediator in the Messiah that we can go to. Repenting whole-heartedly of our sins and asking for forgiveness, in faith wipes the slate clean.
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9)
“But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasures up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God” (Romans 2:5)
When the Grace Period is Up!
The penalties and consequences of sin will come upon us like a thief in the night when time’s up. You don’t want to have any unrepentant sin when the Messiah comes back and bathes his sword in blood!! Whose blood do you think he will be bathing his sword in? Will it be those attempting to keep his law or those who repent and ask for forgiveness? Or will it be those who have cast away God’s Law and are living a life of lawlessness and unrepentance? The Most High commands obedience and holiness, not conformance to the world and its wickedness. If grace is what they say it is, then why will only a remnant be saved? Grace has an expiration date so what will you do with the time you are given?
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
“Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:12-14).
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14)
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