TO MUCH GRACE?
In my last post, I took a little bit of time defining grace. So, I’m not going to spend more time doing that. But, if you need a reminder, just look at the last post, “Free at Last: My Journey Into Grace.” But, I want talk in this post about the “abundance of grace.” You see, Romans 5:17 says, “…… much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. The word “reign” in this verse, in the original greek in which it was written, is the word “basileuo,” and it means,
“to be king, to exercise kingly power, to reign.” This means that we as Believers, those of us who have received the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness, are supposed to reign as kings! Notice, that these two gifts are RECEIVED. In order for a gift to in fact be a gift, it can only be given and received. When one receives a gift, they cannot buy it, or work for it, or earn it by any merit. Again, (at the risk of being over repetitive) a gift is only a gift when it is ONLY freely given, and freely received.
Now, according to the Bible, anyone who has ever received anything from God, did so by grace. So, it comes with great confusion and shock to hear someone way, “Well, you can’t preach to much about grace.” I mean, you would have to be really ignorant or misinformed to make such a statement. People only say that you can preach to much grace, when they don’t know what grace is. They only say that when they still only associate grace with forgiveness, instead of understanding that grace is the only adequate, qualified sin remedy. Grace is the only thing that can bring freedom from sin, bondage, and destructive habits. If there is one thing in all of existence that humanity could never get enough or to much of, it is grace. The Bible says in John 1:16-17, “And of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” Again, the Word declares that the very thing that we have received from Jesus Himself, is grace! It doesn’t say that we’ve received healing, prosperity, miracles, or forgiveness, but it says that we’ve received grace. And all of these other blessings, are byproducts of grace. Also, notice that grace is on the side of truth. The truth is, the Gospel is the Good News, and Paul called this Good News the Gospel of Grace. So settle it within your heart now, there is no such thing as to much grace. But rather, the more that you feed upon the revelation of God’s grace, the more you will receive all of God’s other blood-bought, free blessings. The Body of Christ, and the world, does not need to minimize the message of grace, but rather we need a massive, overwhelming, super-abundance of grace!
PERFORMANCE DRIVEN RELIGION
Within the Body of Christ, there is alot of “performance driven religion.” In the New Covenant, which we’re under, God has not called us to please Him through our works. God is pleased with us based on our faith in Jesus. God desires for His children to work for Him out of there love for Him. We work for God because He loves us and because He has already made us righteous. We do not work for Him to ease our conscience or to try to become righteous and accepted by Him. Paul dealt with this issue with the book of Galatians. The Galatian church started out established in grace. They we’re established that they we’re saved and “perfected” by God’s grace, and NOT by there works and performance. In Galatians 3:2-3, Paul said, “This only would I learn of you, did you receive the new birth by the WORKS of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Do you think that even though you began in the spirit, now you can be made perfect by your works of the flesh?” Pretty clear huh? Paul calls these Galatians foolish, or stupid! That’s a strong rebuke. But it’s true. So many times we try to try to please God by our works, and we try to produce spiritual results in our lives by our works, when scripture is sooo clear that we are born-again, and matured in our Christian walk by God’s grace. So, don’t let Satan provoke you into performance driven religion. We have been called unto grace, rest, and freedom from trying to please God with works, so fight with everything in you to rest in God’s grace, and to abstain from performance driven religion. Galatians 5:1 – Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hast made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” The yoke of bondage that Paul is referring to is the bondage of trying to serve and please God by the works of the law.
SUPER ABUNDANCE OF GRACE
So, in closing, Romans 5:20 says, “…… But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” The word “abounded”, referring to sin, means “increased.” But the term, “did much more abound,” referring to grace, literally means “hyper, super abounded.” Praise God for that! When sin abounds in an area of our life, that doesn’t mean that we fall from grace, but rather that is the very area where we need God’s grace to super-abound over that sin! Sin doesn’t scare off God’s grace, and it can’t overpower God’s grace, but rather grace trumps sin! Grace overpowers and swallows up the areas of sin and bondage in our lives! Also, Romans 6:14 says, “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.” So, remember, sin does not have authority over you when you’re under grace. To come under the bondage of the works of the law, is to give sin power over you. But, refuse to try to please God with works, and refuse to try change yourself, your problems, and your sins by your works, but rest in freedom and rest in the finished work of Jesus, and allow God’s super-abounding grace to reign in you and to cause you to reign in your life.