Exaggerating Grace

Yesterday I talked about the tendency for Christians to argue theology into unbiblical extremes. One of the main areas this takes place in is dealing with God’s Grace.

Grace truly is amazing. Our Creator, who we rebelled against and ruined His creation, became one of us to carry our sins in His own body to suffer and die on the cross, to then be raised again for our justification is mind-blowingly awesome.

Just sticking with what the Bible says about grace is amazing. But people feel the tendency to go even further, to supersede biblical restraint and go whole hog emphasizing the awesomeness.

This leads people to believe that grace is so amazing, I become so little, so worthless, there’s nothing to be done except marvel at grace’s awesomeness.

But the Bible says that grace rebirths us. It raises us up to newness of life and teaches us to deny ungodliness, worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world.

The effort to emphasize grace by saying we can’t do anything, or worse, to emphasize it by sinning more with impunity because grace has em covered, is blasphemous!

The Bible explicitly tells us that grace recreates us so we can do good (Ephesians 2:8-10). Grace is so amazing, it turns a servant of sin, worthless and incapable of doing good, into a servant of righteousness who can grow into the perfect man Christ Jesus and do good works!

You do not emphasize grace more by sinning. Should we sin that grace may abound? In no way! The Bible comes right out and tells us not to over-emphasize grace and turn it into lasciviousness.

If your understanding of grace leads you to more sin and inability, you are not understanding grace biblically. It feels like you’re emphasizing grace by insisting you’re pathetic, but actually, that is undermining what Grace is and can do!

Grace doesn’t just forgive sins. It doesn’t just make God forget your sin. It doesn’t just cover your sin.

Grace sets you free from sin. Grace crucifies the old man with its affections and lusts. Grace lifts you up to newness of life. Grace has the power to make a worthless, pathetic, servant of sin into a child of God equipped for every good work.

In my flesh dwells no good thing. But through God’s grace, I am no longer in the flesh but in the Spirit where I can now yield my bodily members as instruments of righteousness with fruit unto holiness and the end everlasting life.

You can emphasize grace by talking about how pathetic you were before salvation. But continuing to show how pathetic you are after salvation does not emphasize the amazingness of Grace!

Here’s how Paul puts it:

For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

Paul tells everyone how horrible he was before his conversion. Then grace stepped in! Amazing Grace got rid of old, rebellious Saul and recreated righteous, laboring Paul! Amazing Grace!

Yes, it’s even more amazing and powerful than your patheticness! Want to emphasize the awesomeness of grace in your life? Then let grace transform you.

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