Some teach on the subject of grace as an understanding that through the finished work of Jesus, no matter the depth of sin I get into I am covered and there will be no consequence.
The true teaching of grace is that with my justification in Christ which is solely on the basis of His sacrifice, I now have the power to live the life of Christ on the earth by His Spirit who indwells me. A type of life not possible through will power nor by human effort but only by grace.
The same way I got justified through the work of Christ on my behalf, I now also walk in obedience through the work of the Spirit within me. A quality of life which when men behold, they will say the excellency of this power at work is not of you but must stem out of God and will be drawn to it. The mystery of godliness is not, sins still manifest in the flesh but forgiven, it is God manifest in the flesh.
Jesus didn’t come to die just to say if you become my child even though you cannot surmount the law of sin and death, you will get away with it. He came to set in motion the law of the Spirit of life that overcomes the principle of sin not by human effort but by His grace working through faith. If you remain in sin claiming grace you will cause the worthy name of Christ to be blasphemed.
Remember Paul taught Titus this,
Titus 2:10-12King James Version (KJV)
Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
The atoning work of Christ didn’t just secure the forgiveness of sins but it destroyed the principle of sin in the flesh such that the new man is now dead unto sin. People should not teach lasciviousness under the cloak of not being teachers of works but grace.
The book of Revelation shows us how Christ sent strong warnings about the conduct of the churches. Were they not New Testament congregations? It always ended by telling the church “he that hath an ear should hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches”.
If as a christian you are sincerely in bondage to the “body of death” God will teach you “how to walk in the Spirit” but to reduce the sacrifice of Christ to enabling a lifestyle in sin is pure error.
~Pst. Poju Oyemade.