Let true GRACE not be corrupted
The Gospel of Grace is all about Jesus.
We are saved by grace through faith and not by our works.
Ephesians 2 “8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Romans 3 “28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.”
But grace can be corrupted in two ways:
A. If people rely on works for salvation, then they will not be saved and Christ will be of no use to them.
Galatians 5 “2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all.
B. If a person uses grace as an excuse to sin rebelliously then they will not be saved.
Jude “They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”
Galatians 5 “19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God….7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life”
Jesus saves us by grace through faith but He does care about our works.”
Revelation 2 “I know your deeds….”
Jesus said this statement 7 times – once to each of the 7 Churches in Revelation. He commanded them to not just be holy in their walk but also to not forsake their first love, to endure in faith, to overcome persecution, to not tolerate sinful rebellion, to not love wealth but to love one another, etc.
Why is that? It’s because He does care about our Christian walk.
Revelation 3″all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds…. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.”
The true Grace of God brings salvation by faith and also teaches us to deny all ungodliness and walk in love.
His grace saves us and helps us with our sincere struggles when we trust in Him.
Ephesians 1 ” 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”
Romans 5-6 “20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?”
Titus 2 “11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”