When I started this article, many who read part without the whole will probably be thinking that I’m unnecessarily criticizing the ministers of God concerning the message of grace and the liberty it offers. However, my point is contrary to that opinion. My point is this; let us avoid manipulating and distorting the message of grace and the liberty it offers for selfish and damnable motives.

The message of grace is far beyond the worldly acclaimed prosperity liberty; to do what you like or accumulation of wealth and riches under the guise of running a church for Christ. However, grace enhances a life of personal holiness and quality of life; validating our faith in Christ as genuine; helping us to overcome former lust and ignorance, and not conforming to world’s order. Before I conclude my message in this article, I would like to share with you briefly some of the benefits we derive from grace and our liberty.

The scripture says,

“And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven” (Col. 1:21-23

Grace is God’s favor expressed to sinful humankind apart from any human works or worth. This grace came through Jesus; not to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved. Through grace we received full pardon for our sin; thus, cure the disease of sin in our life: but one must believe. The Bible confirms,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (Jn. 3:16-17)

God’s grace speaks of a Christian’s legal and family position “in Christ”. In order to enjoy the benefits of that grace and the liberty in it, we need to keep that position by abiding in Him and obey Him. If we are justified by that faith in Him, we need to express it in obedience to His teaching and commands. Grace is a blessing that spring forth from the knowledge of God and Jesus.

The world cannot contain the benefit of grace; however, I’m going to list a fractional part of the benefits that a believer derives from grace.

Through grace believers are justified – we identified with Christ and received the following unmerited favors

  • Jesus tastes death for every one
  • We obtained mercy
  • We received forgiveness of our previous sin/s
  • We received full pardon for our sin
  • Removal of sin penalty
  • God’s righteous demand is satisfied through Christ’s death
  • Imputation of Christ’s righteousness in believer’s life – transfer Jesus’ righteousness to those who believe in Him
  • Believers (former sinners) declared righteous
  • We are saved

Through grace believers are delivered – we received miraculous deliverance in the following ways

  • Redemptive power of Christ on believer’s behalf
  • Libertyobtained
  • Freedom from sin
  • Freedom from the power of sin
  • Freedom from the bondage of sin
  • Liberation from the dominion of darkness
  • We are protected from the power of the devil
  • On account of Jesus’ death, He over thrones the damages caused by sin on man from the position of enmity to friendship with God
  • Cured from the disease and curse of sin
  • Through the blood of the covenant shed by Jesus, we are sanctified (Heb. 10:29)

Through grace believers received empowerment for sanctification by Holy Spirit – to do those things which were impossible while we were in sin. We received,

  • Empowerment for regeneration
  • Empowerment for sanctification – grace establishes truth and does not allow one to be tossed around by strange doctrine (Heb. 13:9)
  • Enablement to obey the word of God
  • Empowerment to empty oneself to follow and to do the will of God
  • Enables us to present ourselves as an instrument of righteousness
  • Empowerment to live for Christ
  • Empowerment to become increasingly Christ like (2Cor. 3:18)
  • Empowerment to resist sin and its power
  • Empowerment to fulfill the law without being under the law
  • It empowers us, turning our weakness to strength
  • Enablement to walk worthy of the Lord; fruitful and increasing in the knowledge of God – loving God and others
  • Grace is the empowering presence of God, enabling us to be who H e created us to be, and to do what he has called us to do – James Ryle
  • We stay undefiled and did not fall short of God’s grace
  • Empowers us to endure in suffering; then perfects, establishes and settles us after we have endured
  • Empowerment through the word of God to avoid the corrupting influences of the world system

Through grace believers are restored – grace restores in us the desire and the power that God gives us to do His will; thus,

  • Restoration of a believer to a proper relationship with God
  • Through grace, God provides an advocate – Jesus
  • We have peace with God
  • We have access to God
  • The love of God is poured out into our heart by the Holy Spirit
  • We have the right and privilege to approach God with praise and request
  • Restoration of spiritual, physical and financial blessings on believers
  • We find help in time of need
  • It humbles us and then, exalts us (1Pet. 5:5)
  • Empowers believers to enjoy divine provisions and promises of God
  • Humanity is preserved – saving grace is available for the entire humanity (Jn. 3:16)

Through grace believers have hope –

  • Hope of glorification before God
  • Hope of making heaven
  • Hope for eternal life
  • We rejoice in hope of the glory of God
  • We rejoice in tribulation which produces character and hope

Grace provides a second chance

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rm. 3:21-23)

If by grace we are saved; God is the provider of this grace through our Lord Jesus Christ. God and Christ show this grace without discrimination to all mankind. This is God love and that Christ died for all. Through this given grace, believers are empowered by the Holy Spirit to live in a way that pleases God.

His purpose of saving us is delivering us from sin; therefore, He won’t go against His purpose again by allowing us to remain in that sin, but He wants us out of it providing a second chance for us so that we can build a godly character and have a good relationship with Him.

Second chance made possible through the death of Jesus

Grace offers the opportunity to work toward perfection whereby we will not be conscious of sin. This means, we are not perfect instantly but through necessity of sanctification, we get to that perfection. Point to note, Jesus had perfected us; however, we are not there yet; thus the reason for sanctification – doing our own part in the will of God.

If we are parked with so many benefits of which only a fractional part of it were stated above and the bible states that only those who believed in Jesus Christ would be saved; my question is this, would a believer who is not in the will of God or who takes his/her liberty for license to sin enjoy these benefits?

Benefits of Grace have become our entitlement given to man by God on the account of Jesus redemptive death on our behalf. Nobody can take it away from us; however, individual can reject it or throw it away. Are you in grace; are you in the will of God? Joshua said,

“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth…, and if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Jos. 24:14-15)

The choice is yours.

The conclusion of this article will come after this part 6.

 

Lawrence Abitogun

Christianedification.com

Related posts:

  1. Are Ministers not Misconstruing Christian Liberty and Grace in the Church? Part 4
  2. Are Ministers not Misconstruing Christian Liberty and Grace in the Church? Part 1
  3. Are Ministers not Misconstruing Christian Liberty and Grace in the Church? Part 3
  4. Are Ministers not Misconstruing Christian Liberty and Grace in the Church? Part 7 – conclusion
  5. Are Ministers not Misconstruing Christian Liberty and Grace in the Church? Part 5

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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