Have you had a GRACE revelation?
But what is a GRACE revelation, I hear you ask.
A GRACE revelation is, as you would expect, a revelation of GRACE!
Some of you may be reading this, thinking, but I already know what grace is. I don’t need a revelation.
I know, and I understand, that Christ died for my sin so that I would be forgiven.
I know that when I sin I can come to Jesus and ask for forgiveness and He forgives me every time.
I know that God’s grace means that His blood will always cleanse me if I repent.
I know that grace means that, by the power of the Holy Spirit I can conquer the sin in my life.
I can overcome.
I can have the victory!
I, I, I !
This answer reminds me of this verse attributed to the prideful Satan.
I will ascend above the clouds of heaven,
I will make my throne above the stars of God,
I will make myself like the most high!
If you think you understand grace, and believe grace is God giving you the power to overcome sin in your life, then the truth is you may be too proud to believe that there is absolutely NO WAY you can overcome sin.
There is also NO WAY therefore that you will ever have a revelation of GRACE as Paul and Luther did, as Spurgeon and Joseph Prince and many other modern day preachers did, because you think you are in control, you are in the driving seat with the Holy Spirit as the engine empowering you to live a holy and righteous life.
If you believe this, your heart is probably too hard, you are too ‘long in the tooth’ with your degrees in theology and PHD’s in Pauline Epistolary. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
But no ‘mature’ Christian wants to think of themselves as having a ‘hard heart.’ No ‘mature’ Christian wants to think of themselves as not being open, as being too proud to receive new revelation. And the tragic truth is, if you are not open to new revelation, your faith is no longer in the God who writes His law on our hearts, but is rather in your degrees, your PHD’s and your theses.
And as long as Christians are teaching the false doctrine that ‘Jesus did his bit, now we must do ours’ then the church is sick: sick in its obsession with sin, and sick in its obsession with its self.
It is sin focused and not righteousness focused. It is self-centred and not Christ-centered.
This is what GRACE is:
GRACE is the fact that God knew that we could never, ever overcome sin so He became sin for us, crucifying it on the cross.
As the writer of Hebrews says:
Christ appeared once to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
He did away with it. It is dealt with. Sin exists no longer in those who put their faith in Christ.
As Joseph prince says, it is as though we are stones in a waterfall, constantly, perpetually washed clean.
Spurgeon described it as if we are bathing in Christ’s blood.
Now this is something to celebrate! This is why Isaiah was ‘overwhelmed with joy’ !
This is why Paul opened and closed all of his letters with ‘Grace and Peace.’
Christ has absolutely, completely set us free from sin, forever!
Nothing we do can change that.
If we are in Christ, we are free.
And if The Son sets you free, you are free indeed!
Now that is what I call ‘good news’.
Are you open to a revelation of GRACE ?
If you are, read Paul Eliis’s great article:
Have a great Sunday!