Why is grace so amazing?

In response to a comment to my article on THREADS.

Why we are holy – even if we watch porn.

Sorry, but I think you’re misunderstanding what I am saying. I’m not saying it is OK that we keep on sinning, because that is destructive to our lives, but I am saying that Jesus paid the price for all of our sin, past present and future, and that means God’s anger will never burn against us anymore for our sin – Jesus paid it all.

God will never, ever count our sin against us ever again. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, remember. Paul also was misunderstood, which is why he had to respond by saying ‘Shall we go on sinning so grace may increase? No way!’ (Romans 6:1). Someone has said “if we’re not accused of preaching licence, we’re probably not preaching true grace.”

“The misunderstanding, that grace equals license, has ALWAYS surrounded the true gospel.”

Yes, it’s true. God will never count our sin against us ever again. This is His gift to us. This is grace. Let me ask you one question: are we made righteous before God by our own actions, or as a free gift?

“How much more will those who receive the gift of righteousness and God’s abundant provision of grace, reign in life?”

(Romans 5:17)

and

“By grace you are saved. And this not of yourselves. It is the gift of God. Not by works, so no one can boast.”

(Ephesians 2:8)

Righteousness is a gift.

Given to us by grace.

Thank you, Jesus.

Another question: can our actions detract from the gift of righteousness He has given us? In other words, can our sin taint the perfection He has imparted to us? To put it bluntly, is sin more powerful than Jesus’ blood?

Spurgeon described Christians as bathing in Christ’s blood. We can not be made dirty ever again by what we do. Christ’s blood is a perpetual fountain of forgiveness and purification. Our righteousness, holiness and perfection does not depend on what we do, but what Christ did for us.

“We have been made holy by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ once for all.”

(Hebrews 10:10).

“By one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who have been made holy.”

(Hebrews 10:14).

It is all Him. Nothing to do with us.

“Just as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by One Man’s obedience many were made righteous.”

(Romans 5:19).

His obedience. Not ours.

God knew we could not do it ourselves, so He gave us His righteousness, holiness and perfection as a free gift.

He gave us His glory – His beauty and majesty – a beauty and majesty only He could give, because it is a beauty and majesty distinctive to Him and Him alone.

“I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God, for He has draped me in a robe of His righteousness!”

(Isaiah 61:10)

You quote 1 John 3:3 stating it teaches that we must purify ourselves:

“He who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

However, the key phrase here is ‘those who have this HOPE in Him…”

It is our hope in Him that purifies us. We cannot purify ourselves. If we could Christ died for nothing. It is our hope in Him, our faith, that purifies us and ‘overcomes the world.’

What do you make of John’s later statements:

“Those who are born of God do not continue to sin. They ARE NOT ABLE TO SIN, because they have been born of God.”

(1 John 3:9 / 5:18).

Christians are always quick to quote 1 John 1:9 (please read this article to understand the context of 1 John 1:9) but gloss over these amazing verses because we can not grasp them. John is saying that we are not able to sin because Christ’s blood covers us. Yet even if we sin, we have an advocate who goes to the Father for us, and presents His blood as evidence of punishment already paid.

Jesus paid the price for us. We are free.

Completely free.

As Paul says in Galatians: ‘You my brothers were called to be free, but do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature.’

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. If anyone chooses to continue to sin after knowing what Christ did for them, they must be truly sick indeed.

Remember, Jesus saw sinners as sick people in need of a doctor. Even if, once in Christ, we continue to sin in our sickness, perhaps because of a history of abuse, sexual abuse, drug abuse, violence or whatever reason, do you think Jesus will let us go, after dying for us? He will not. He promises He will never let us go. He paid the penalty for our sin because He loves us. He would rather die an excruciating death than abandon us to eternity without Him. Do you think He would go through hell for us, and then leave us in our sickness?

No. We are all sick, we are all sinners, saved by the pure grace of God. You are no ‘better’ in God’s eyes than the worst of sinners, murderers, rapists, all are sick and in need of The Great Physician, yet only those who ‘want to be healed’ are able to come to Him and receive that healing. And however long that healing takes, Jesus will never, ever let you go.

Because He loves you.

That is why Grace is amazing.

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